No matter who you are, where you live or what footy team you go for, every one of us has the fundamental right to live with dignity, respect, freedom and safety. These rights are outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

At Scope, making human rights a reality is a key priority. In 2016, Scope developed a Human Rights Framework which helps us further develop a rights-based culture in our organisation.

Here are some of the initiatives that are taking place at Scope:

Customer Reference Groups Pilot

We want to create more leadership opportunities for Scope customers.

To make this happen, we will be piloting two Customer Reference Groups in the North Metro and Barwon areas between now and June.

Want to keep up to date on these groups? Subscribe to our e-Newsletter Horizon (scroll down to the bottom of our website homepage).

Staying Safe Sessions for Customers

We engaged VALID to deliver Staying Safe training sessions to our adult customers.

Using a mixture of videos and discussion, these sessions aim to empower people to recognise and speak up about abuse and neglect.

Zero Tolerance training for staff

This suite of training resources is designed by the National Disability Services to safeguard the rights of people with a disability.

Like Staying Safe, Zero Tolerance uses a mix of videos and discussion to support a culture that is free from abuse and neglect.

Speak Up and Be Safe from Abuse Resources and Training for Staff

This communication toolkit is designed to support people with communication difficulties to identify and report abuse.

Read more about the Speak Up and Be Safe resources on our website.

We asked some people who use our services, “What do rights mean to you?” Here are some of their responses:

“I would like to live with a friend, like my sister would.”

“It’s one thing I do by myself now. I go banking by myself. No one helps me. I go and get my own money out.”

“Ultimately to have a say with what occurs or takes place in your life.”

“I want them to see me not as someone with a disability. I want them to treat me like anybody else.”

To find out more information about Scope’s Human Rights projects, contact:

Katie Marx
Phone: 0409 216 032
Email: kmarx@scopeaust.org.au