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Policy and Projects at Inclusion Designlab

Through major policy and project work, Inclusion Designlab promotes a more professional and skilled community sector, creating new opportunities for inclusion and citizenship. We work alongside people with intellectual disability, researchers, and strategic partners to create citizenship campaigns, professional development materials, online resources, and policy solutions.

People with disability and justice

We know that people with disability are more likely than other members of the community to have life experiences that bring them in to contact with the law. They are more likely to be involved in criminal activity or be victims of crime. It is widely accepted that women with intellectual disability are more vulnerable to sexual assault. In fact, people with intellectual disability are three times more likely to be victims of physical assault, sexual assault or robbery. People with intellectual disability are also more likely to experience discrimination and face barriers to accessing their rights and entitlements through the legal system. This is the case across all areas of life including family and relationships, housing, and money matters.

Support for Justice is a dual-read guide for Victorians with intellectual disability. It is also a fabulous resource for supporters and advocates who work directly with them. It outlines the basics of law and the supports that people with intellectual disability can access to get help when navigating the legal system.

A guide for people with a disability, their support professionals, family carers, friends and advocates

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Legal Advocates and Good Support

Legal advocates and lawyers can provide high quality support to people with intellectual disability by following some of the techniques in this video.

2018 Support for Justice Forum, Melbourne

Representatives of legal advocacy organisations, disability advocacy organisations, disability specific legal services, Victoria Police, disability academics, and people with disability came together in May 2018 to talk about developing collaborative practices.

Policy and Projects at Inclusion Designlab

Through major policy and project work, Inclusion Designlab promotes a more professional and skilled community sector, creating new opportunities for inclusion and citizenship. We work alongside people with intellectual disability, researchers, and strategic partners to create citizenship campaigns, professional development materials, online resources, and policy solutions.

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A guide for people with a disability, their family carers, friends and advocates

Very few oral health resources exist for people with intellectual disability. Your Dental Health: A Guide for People with a Disability, Their Family Carers, Friends and Advocates raises the bar in oral health promotion. It is a guide written for Australians with intellectual disability that outlines how to look after your teeth and gums. It demystifies dental care, introduces people to public and private options, and tells you what to expect during a visit to the dentist.

Your Dental Health

Download a PDF of the comprehensive guide

Your Dental Health

Your Dental Health WA

Download Your Dental Health

Western Australian version

Our submission to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability

Inclusion Designlab led the development of a joint submission with ASSCID, Deakin University, the University of Melbourne, ANZASND and AAPD.
Click on the button to read our submission.

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Oral Health and Intellectual Disability:
A Guide for Dental Practitioners

Endorsed by the Australian Dental Association (ADA) and Australian Society of Special Care in Dentistry (ASSCID), this 16 page guide bridges the dentistry and disability support sectors. It outlines treatment pathways, information about communication and consent, and strategies for achieving better long term oral health outcomes for people with intellectual disability.

Being Inclusive

A message for dentists by dentists

Dentistry & Disability

A video for all Australian dentists produced in partnership with Centre for Developmental Disability Health Victoria and Monash Health. A guide to ensuring people with intellectual disability receive all the support they need to achieve sustained optimal oral health.

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Getting a Dental Checkup

This video tells you what happens at a visit to the dentist.

Types of Dental Equipment

This video is about the tools the dentist uses when they clean your teeth.

The Dental X-Ray Machine

This video is about the dental x-ray machine. (It might sound scary – but it’s actually pretty cool!)

Looking After Your Teeth at Home

How to Brush Your Teeth

How to Floss Your Teeth

Fixing Your Smile

Getting a Filling

Getting Your Teeth Straightened

Oral health planning forms for dental practitioners and people with intellectual disability

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Oral Health Assessment Form

Dentists can use this form to outline dental issues, support needs, treatment, and follow up protocols for the patient. This form can be directly communicated to general practitioners and allied health professionals allowing for a shared understanding of the link between oral health and overall health in the patient’s life.

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Home Oral Care Form

Dentists can use this form to outline the ideal home care for the patient. This form is best completed with the input of the patient and any supporters who accompany them to the appointment. The form provides clear, simple directions for supporters so that they can gather helpful information using observation between appointments.

Policy and Projects at Inclusion Designlab

Through major policy and project work, Inclusion Designlab promotes a more professional and skilled community sector, creating new opportunities for inclusion and citizenship. We work alongside people with intellectual disability, researchers, and strategic partners to create citizenship campaigns, professional development materials, online resources, and policy solutions.

Inclusion Designlab successfully applied for a 12-month national ILC readiness grant from the NDIA to establish the National Resource Centre. The NRCCOSAM is collaborating with Circles of Support and Microboards providers across Australia to develop a number of useful resources that include:

  • A web accessible portal that hosts information about COSAM services from across Australia
  • A number of publications and training material for people with a disability , families and others interested in COSAM
  • A series of webinars about Circles and Microboards
  • A 1800 number for additional information
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Progressive Delivery:
July 2017 – June 2018

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Community Inclusion Initiative

Inclusion Designlab was part of the Community Inclusion Initiative coordinated by the National Disability Services.
NDS established the Community Inclusion Initiative to help inform the provision of community participation support under the NDIS. As part of the initiative, 11 service providers from across Australia worked with 46 people with disability to explore community participation from the perspectives of service users and families, service providers, the disability system, mainstream services and the community.

Click here for more information about the initiative

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