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Our Voice

Our Voice members from 2017 talk about the role of Our Voice

Our Voice is an official committee of the Inclusion Australia Board.  

Our Voice provides advice to the Board on issues that are important to people with intellectual disability. This includes strategic decisions and policymaking. 

The Our Voice Chair is a member of the Inclusion Australia Board. They go to Board meetings and have a vote, just like all the other Board members. 

Our Voice members (2021)

Who is part of Our Voice? 

All Our Voice members are people with an intellectual disability, and self-advocates. 

Each Our Voice member is nominated by their state member organization.  

Their role is to represent people with intellectual disability from their state or territory. 

Current Our Voice members are: 

The term for each Our Voice member and the Our Voice Chair is 3 years.  

Who Our Voice represents 

Our Voice members represent self-advocacy groups run by our member organisations.  

Queensland 

Parent 2 Parent runs a self-advocacy group on the Sunshine Coast called Loud and Clear Queensland.   

Allycia is the Loud and Clear representative in Our Voice.  

Contact Loud and Clear on email [email protected], 1800 777 723 or through the Voices Together website.  

New South Wales 

Council for Intellectual Disability run 2 self-advocacy groups in Sydney.   

  • CID Advocacy Group 
  • Speak Out Reach Out

Speak Out Reach Out is an advisory group to the CID Board. Laura is the CID representative in Our Voice.  

To find out more contact CID on 1800 424 065.   

Tasmania 

Speak Out Advocacy has 3 self-advocacy groups in Tasmania.   

  • Speak Out North West Self Advocacy Group 
  • Speak Out North Self Advocacy Group 
  • Speak Out South Self Advocacy Group  

Monique is the Speak Out representative in Our Voice.  

To find out more email [email protected], (03) 6231 2344 or go to the Voices Together website.   

South Australia 

South Australian Council for Intellectual Disability (SACID) run self-advocacy and peer support groups in South Australia.   

The SACID Reference Group is a sub-committee of the SACID Board. Sarah is the SACID representative in Our Voice.  

To find out more contact SACID on 08 8352 4416 or email [email protected].   

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Western Australia 

Developmental Disability WA run the Keys to Success self-advocacy program and have an Advisory Council to the Board.   

The Keys to Success program is co-facilitated by people with intellectual disability. It is run in high schools and group homes and teaches people about their rights and how to stand up for themselves.

Kyal is the DDWA representative in Our Voice.  

To find out more contact DDWA on [email protected] or (08) 9420 7203  

Victoria 

Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with Disability (VALID) runs a broad range of self-advocacy programs across Victoria, including:   

  • 4 self-advocacy networks in Melbourne 
  • 23 Peer Action Groups across Victoria 
  • the VALID Self-Advocacy Forum 
  • Keys to Success self-advocacy training 
  • the VALID8 program in Group Homes.  

Luke is the VALID representative in Our Voice.  

To find out more about VALID’s self-advocacy contact Rick at VALID on [email protected] or 03 9416 4003

Our Voice’s work in 2021

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Our Voice logo

We welcomed three new representatives to Our Voice. Sarah joined us from South Australia, Monique from Tasmania and Kyle from Western Australia. We also welcomed Kalena as our new Chairperson.

We also want to say thank you to Heather (Chair) for her leadership and many years of service to Our Voice.

In May 2021, we took part in a big planning meeting to talk about how Our Voice members work together as a committee.

We agreed on ways to work better together and said that we will do some governance training next year.

Our Voice in the Disability Royal Commission

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Disability Royal Commission public hearing

In 2020 Our Voice members were interviewed for work by Inclusion Australia for the Disability Royal Commission.

We helped write 5 position papers about the big issues for people with an intellectual disability:

  • Respect
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Choice and Control
  • Where to live and who to live with

Kalena also spoke at public hearings about open employment and COVID-19.

The Our Voice Melbourne Report 

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Our Voice members (2019)

In August 2019, Our Voice held a planning workshop in Melbourne.  

In the workshop they talked about:  

  • what Our Voice has been working on 
  • what good support looks like 
  • how Our Voice connects with people with intellectual disability and 
  • plans for the future of Our Voice. 

Read the Melbourne Report here (PDF).