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Sharing Deafblind stories and ideas for change

July 6 @ 12:30 pm - 6:00 pm

A special event for people with lived experience of deafblindness interested in sharing their stories with the Disability Royal Commission.

Are you a West Australian with lived experience of deafblindness?

Have you been treated badly or had problems because of your disability, such as trouble with the NDIS or access to interpreters?

The Disability Royal Commission wants to hear your stories and recommendations for making Australia safer and more inclusive.

You can get free information, interpreters and support to share your story and ideas for change at The RISE community centre in Maylands on Wednesday 6 July from 12.30pm to 6pm.

Watch this video in Auslan to find out more about this special event for people with lived experience of deafblindness.

There will be information about the Disability Royal Commission and why it matters, as well as:

  • Free interpreters and other supports
  • Free on-the-spot advice and support to tell your story to the Disability Royal Commission
  • Options to make an appointment for another time
  • Free afternoon tea

You can also bring your own support person.

This event is being hosted by Deafblind West Australians and Your Story Disability Legal Support, and is supported by Deafblind Australia, Midlas and Deaf Australia.

Please register your interest in attending, and let us know if you have any dietary or accessibility requirements.

If you are attending the National Deafblind Conference, there will be an information session about the Disability Royal Commission and staff on hand throughout the conference to answer any questions.

Please note that while this event is for people with lived experience of deafblindness, the Royal Commission also wants to hear stories from supporters, such as family members, friends, carers, advocates and professionals.

Supporters can access free legal, counselling and advocacy support to share their stories and ideas for change.

For more information, please contact Your Story Disability Legal Support on 1800 77 1800 (free call) or visit the website for other ways to get in touch.

Video transcript

Hi everyone, my name is Edan, and I work for the Disability Royal Commission or DRC for short.

The DRC is tasked with investigating people with disability’s experience of abuse, violence, neglect, and exploitation.

They are undertaking this work in a variety of ways: they are partnering with a number of disability representative organisations; they are holding public hearings to collect submissions; and, most importantly of all, they are learning via personal submissions from people with disability about the experiences of their lives to date.

Violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation can happen anywhere and at any point throughout a person with disability’s life.

Some examples might include being bullied or harassed in the workplace or being physically or financially abused by a carer or support worker.

It can also take place in a number of different life domains at any point throughout a person’s life.

The submissions that are received by the DRC will help the Commissioners to influence future policy directions and decision making within government.

All decisions that are aimed at improving the lives of people with disability in Australia.

The Deafblind community has a unique perspective on a number of issues, and it is imperative that the perspectives of Deafblind people are shared with the DRC.

It is important that Deafblind perspectives on these important issues are included.

On the 6th of July, after the National Deafblind Conference, we will be having a second event focused specifically on the DRC and their work.

We will have staff from Deafblind Australia, Your Story Disability Legal Support and Deaf Australia at this event to meet with members of the WA Deafblind community and assist them in making submissions.

These can be done in Auslan, in written English, through a number of different ways, and we will be on hand to support and advise you how to navigate the process.

We’re all really excited to see you there

Hi, my name is Amilee. I’m a lawyer at the Your Story Disability Legal Service.

I’m going to be attending the Deafblind conference and the Deafblind community consultation event at The Rise on the 6th of July this year.

I’m involved with sharing information about the Disability Royal Commission, which is a national inquiry into what it’s like to live as a person with disabilities in Australia.

I’m only interested in supporting the Deafblind community to share their experiences and their stories about what’s good and what’s bad, and what goes really well and what goes really wrong about living as a Deafblind person in Australia.

A lawyer can help you with questions like: What is the Disability Royal Commission and why is it happening? How can I tell my story to the Disability Royal Commission? If you’re worried about telling your story because it might get you in trouble or offend or hurt someone that you know, I can give you information and advice about the rights and protections available to you and I can also talk to you about what the Royal Commission will do with your story.

I hope I get to meet you at the conference or the community outreach event. It’s really important that the politicians and Australian society get a better understanding about what it means to live as a Deafblind person and what needs to change so that everybody gets to live fairly and without discrimination in this country.

Hopefully see you soon!

Hi, my name is Rita and I’m a lawyer at Midlas Community Law Centre in Midland.

I also advocate for people with disabilities to be able to tell their story and to make a submission to the Disability Royal Commission.

It’s important that you have a voice to tell your side of the story of how you’ve been treated.

I too have a disability and I’m going to make a submission. Are you?

Please contact us at Midlas so that we can assist you.

Sharing Deafblind stories and ideas for change

Wednesday 6 July 2022

12.30pm to 6pm AWST

The Rise, 28 Eighth Ave, Maylands WA 6051

All welcome

This event is brought to you by Your Story Disability Legal Support and Deafblind West Australians.

Proudly supported by Deafblind Australia, Deaf Australia and Midlas.


28 Eighth Avenue
Maylands, WA 6051 Australia

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