Communication Rights Australia is a leading human rights information and advocacy funded by Government and is a registered charity. Our mission is to strive for a world free of discrimination for the people we represent, people who have communication or speech difficulties whose rights are infringed.
WHAT WE DO
Human Rights Framework
The ability to communicate one's needs is essential for an individual to exercise their rights. Without a means to communicate a person’s ability to influence their environment and have relationships with key people in their lives is diminished.
Communication Rights Australia works with, and on behalf of, people with disabilities giving priority to those with communication difficulties and little or no speech. Upholding Human Rights is achieved with the support of legislation and current state plans.
Communication Rights Australia provides specialist human rights information for people with communication difficulties, and/or little or no speech, advice for parents, carers, staff and other connected or concerned people and professionals. Working with people with little or no speech requires specialist skills that can assist in empowering individuals and defusing a situation. Early in a crisis, information assists people in better understanding issues, alternatives, opportunities and solutions.
The diverse range of areas that information provision is available is: communication, carers, health, justice, transport, housing, being included in the community, funding, day services and education.
This is available through telephone contact, email and in person at our office and through our outreach program as a guest speaker at your service.
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Systemic advocacy will seek to influence and secure positive long-term changes that remove barriers and addresses discriminatory practices to ensure the collective rights and interests of people with little or no speech are upheld.
Communication Rights Australia works to achieve changes by embedding human rights practices in all our discussions and work. We view all people with disabilities as having rights, capable of claiming those rights, exercising those rights by making decisions based on free and informed consent as active members of the society.
We engage in campaigns relevant to the people we represent to ensure they may freely exercise their rights -the Right to Communicate using Your Method of Choice, Access to Telecommunications, and the Right to access an Independent Communication Support Worker.
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Communication Rights Australia provides individual advocacy for people with disabilities, with priority given to those with little or no speech. Individual advocacy is provided to address breaches of people's human rights. Human rights legislation is the framework for identifying and achieving the individual's goals. The aim of advocacy is to create positive change for people in their environment.
Our Outreach and Community Education Program enables members of the community the opportunity to liaise with a Communication Rights Australia representative and undertake further education and explore the intricacies of assisting an individual with a communication impairment.
A worker is able to meet with you and your team to discuss and explore a variety of approaches that can be utilised in your area, to empower and strengthen your approach to ensure the individual's voice is heard.
Outreach and community education can be provided through online platforms or group meetings.