Lack of awareness and understanding of disability rights leading to abuse and mistreatment

    Greater education called for to ensure the choice and control of individuals are respected

      • Sector News
    • 21.04.21

    A report published by The Disability Royal Commission has found that despite one in five (4.4 million) Australians living with a disability, widespread lack of awareness and understanding of their rights, is resulting in people becoming victims of abuse and mistreatment. 

    According to participants, these views often lead to the assumption that people with disabilities cannot make their own decisions, which results in them being unable to exercise choice and control over their lives. 

    One woman with disability in her early fifties said: “In her entire life to date, she had been told what she ‘could’ do or was ‘allowed’ to do, but that she had never before been asked what she might want.”

    As a result of this treatment, there has been calls for greater education on the rights of people with disability, with schools being highlighted as a key area for this to be undertaken, as well as for reforms to be implemented that will promote supported decision making. 

    Disability Royal Commission: Routinely ignoring rights of people with disability a key factor in mistreatment

    Maybo perspective

    Maybo has found that people often fail to recognise that some of their practices can be restrictive and influence outcomes or responses. We all need to recognise that if a person without a disability can do or have something, then why can a person with a disability not have the same? There needs to be a very big justification on why there is a restriction on a person's human rights. We have created our Understanding Human Rights and Reducing Restrictive Practices programmes which promote recognition and respect of human rights. click here

    The training is available as interactive eLearning and/or taught modules.

    Get in touch

    If you would like to discuss how we can help you please get in touch with one of our experts today

    Related ThoughtSpace items

    • Expert Insights

    17.10.22 | Social Care | Healthcare

    From Kilkenny, Ireland to Darwin, Australia - A journey to person-centred behaviour support planning

    In this article, Senior Director and Behaviour Support Practitioner Emma O'Neill details her journey from a nurse in Ireland to founder...

    • Maybo News
    • Expert Insights

    02.08.22 | Meet the team

    Chief Product Officer, Gary Williams reveals why he feels Maybo training is so effective

    Gary Williams first encountered Maybo as a client in 2005. Impressed with the innovative approach to training, he jumped at the chance to...

    • Maybo News


    Announcement on the loss of our AU & NZ Managing Director Neil Warwick

    It is with profound sadness that we announce the loss of our dear friend and colleague, Neil Warwick, who passed away unexpectedly on...

    Discuss your training with one of our experts