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Advocacy for Inclusion provides independent individual, self and systemic advocacy for people with disabilities.

Advocacy for Inclusion is a Disabled Peoples Organisation which means our board, members and staff are a majority of people with disabilities.

We represent Canberra’s most marginalised and isolated people with disabilities, those with cognitive disabilities and/or significant communication barriers.

We work within a human rights framework and acknowledge the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Advocacy for Inclusion is signed onto the ACT Human Rights Act.

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Media Release

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New report calls for reform of guardianship legislation

A major report released today by Advocacy for Inclusion questions whether guardianship orders can ever be human rights compliant. The report examines what needs to happen in the ACT to meet
Australia's human rights obligations.

"We know that people with disabilities want to and can make decisions for themselves" said Christina Ryan, General Manager of Advocacy for Inclusion.

As a signatory to the United Nations Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), Australian governments must support people with disabilities to exercise their legal capacity.

Governments across the world face this challenge. "Australia has a love affair with guardianship", Ms Ryan explains, "we know of people who are placed under full guardianship orders for their whole
lives. These people are living in a 'civil coma'".

The report recommends a staged transition for the ACT to fully implement the CRPD, including using Supported Decision Making.

The ACT government has come on board to explore Supported Decision Making. With the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) coming it is the perfect time to start improving the way we support people with disabilities to make decisions about their lives.

The full report Supported Decision Making, Legal Capacity and Guardianship can be found on the Advocacy for Inclusion website www.advocacyforinclusion.org

For more information or comment:

Christina Ryan

General Manager

Office:02 6257 4005

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