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Shaping our Future: Discussions on Disability Rights

On the 6th of April, Australian Disability Discrimination Commissioner Alastair McEwin released the findings of the national consultation, ‘Shaping our Future: Discussions on Disability Rights’.

Between October 2016 and March 2017, Commissioner McEwin and his team conducted national consultations to help guide his priorities and seek input from the disability community on how he can most effectively work to advance the rights of people with a disability.

Mr McEwin met with over 1,000 people in capital cities and regional centres across Australia and received 85 written submissions.

The collection of stories, videos and infographics summarise what the team heard during the national consultations with people with disability and their representative organisations, families and communities.  All of the videos are spoken and in Auslan, the language of the deaf community in Australia.

Through this consultation, the priorities identified were:

  • Employment
  • Education
  • Housing
  • The criminal justice system
  • Implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), and
  • Violence

For further information, and to view the collection of stories and videos, visit


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