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RFVP Disability Inclusion and Safety Resource Hub

Language and how we talk about disability matters

The Disability Inclusion and Safety Resource Hub has been developed for organisations and practitioners who are working with people with disability who are experiencing or using family violence. 

The Resource Hub provides ready access to important resources that promote safety, accessibility, equity and inclusion of people with disability which can aid in reducing barriers and increasing safety.  Resources are relevant to Organisational Leaders, Specialist Family Violence and Sexual Assault Practitioners, Disability Services, Health, Family Support, Education and others.

The choices people make about language have an impact on the way people with disability feel and are perceived in society. It is important there is awareness of the meaning behind the words that are used when talking to, referring to, or working with people with disability. Disrespectful language can make people with disability feel hurt and excluded and be a barrier to full participation in society.

PWDA Language Guide: A guide to language about disability

About this resource: People with Disabilities Australia Language Guide has been written by people with disability to assist the general public in talking about disability.

Applying this resource: For specialist family violence and sexual assault organisations and practitioners.    

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