AFDO Conference

Policy About Us, For Us!
A Practical Revolution in the Lives of People with Disabilities

was held on

28th and 29th May 2009
Jasper Hotel, 489 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne

AFDO Conference Papers

AFDO Conference Report

In the final plenary session the following commitments were made by AFDO.

• AFDO commits to working in partnership with other organisations at national, State and local levels to prepare the shadow report to the UN in 2010, and we encourage all delegates here to participate in that process.

• AFDO commits to furthering the rights of people with disability by promoting the ideas contained in the UNCRPD, in particular the principles of self-determination, legal capacity and supported decision-making, and specifically for here in Australia, to call for a shift towards a self-directed individualised system of funding and supports.

• AFDO commits to working in partnership with all organisations to build and strengthen the ability of people with disabilities, to take control of their own lives, including building and strengthening organisations of people with disability at local, State, national and international levels.

We would like to thank the following sponsors for their contributions

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Department of Human Services (Victoria)
Deafness Foundation
Julia Farr Association
Department of Justice (Victoria)
Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission
Life without Barriers
Arts Access Australia
Office for Disability (Victoria)
Auslan Services
Self Advocacy Resource Unit

The Conference would also like to acknowledge the contribution of the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust for enabling the participation of people with intellectual disabilities through a project funded to the Disability Resources Centre.