Valued Lives is part of The National Alliance of Capacity Building Organisations (NACBO) – a national network of not-for-profit, values-based, capacity-building organisations, who have a shared vision and belief that all people with a disability are valued citizens and have the right to contribute to society through social and economic participation.
They also believe that all people with disability deserve to live in a home that is more than just a bed, a room in someone else’s home or basic shelter. Having a secure and stable home that other citizens would clearly recognise and maybe even envy, can open doors to community, growth and connection.
Last week, NACBO submitted a paper they had prepared entitled ‘Meaning of Home, Best Practice for People with Disability in Home and Community’, to the Disability Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability, that explores some of the reasons why having a secure and stable home is so often out of reach for people who live with disabilities, and which provides guidelines for change.
The paper draws on decades of collective experience of supporting people with disabilities to have homes of their own where they are free from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation and includes 23 stories that illustrate that this is possible for everyone, regardless of their level of disability or where they live in Australia.
They also put forward for the DRC’s consideration, four recommendations that they believe would help to make the stories shared part of accepted and expected practice for all people with disability in Australia.
To read this comprehensive submission and the 23 stories shared click here: NACBO DRC Meaning of Home Submission June2020A.