Being Safe and Being Included - Film launch with Commissioner Graeme Head

Guest speakers of the Housing and Support Roadshow from Araluen: Ross Coverdale and Chris de Paiva.

CDAH is all about people having every opportunity to live full lives as citizens.  We come together to support each other to speak up and act for ourselves and each other – this is how we support all citizens to be safe and included. At CDAH, we know that the best way to keep people safe is to have people around them who love them - with networks of friends, family and supporters - people who will notice if they are hurt or if something is wrong.

That's why CDAH was so thrilled to be involved with National Disability Services (NDS) in the fantastic work developing a series of short films - “Responding to Abuse” – that explore how to support people with disability who have experienced abuse, neglect and violence.  These films were developed by NDS with the NSW Ombudsman, Council for Intellectual Disability and CDAH as well as representatives from NSW service providers and were launched at Newcastle Museum on Wednesday 25 July by Graeme Head, NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commissioner.

Click here to check out the "Responding to Abuse" resources

Content warning - the films include scenes of abuse and neglect of people with disability which some people may find upsetting

At the same event, Robert King also launched a film he made recently as part of Council for Intellectual Disability -  Shared Stories series.  Robert’s film shows us the importance of being included in the community and having a natural network in our lives.  Keeping people safe is as much about:

  • supporting people to have a good quality of life

  • having freedom to live our way of life

  • being included as active and equal citizens

  • having a place of our own where we belong

And it’s about love – being in relationships that matter.  This is what Robert's film shows us.

Geordie Anderson from 3X3 Media supported Robert to make the film. 

Read more from Geordie here.