Advocacy, Self Advocacy, Rights, Accessibility, & Community Living for People with a Disability in Supported Accommodation Group Homes by Mary Reid, Amida, Melbourne, Phone: 9650 2722 Fax: 9654 8575 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.amida.org.au Inc No: A001608SV ABN: 32 993 870 380.
“My role is to visit, explain and empower the residents of shared supported accommodation (SSA) group homes with information about their housing rights. This is important, as these rights are now law in Victoria”, says Ms Reid.
“I have already visited many SSAs around Victoria, to explain and provide all residents with information about their housing rights”, she says.
Sessions with residents and family members are interactive and focus on the rights and responsibilities of residents living in ‘their’ home.
In a circular letter, Ms Reid says she will be visiting more houses soon, and asks that people submit the visit request form.
LINK to what Amida says are RIGHTS
LISA Comment: We consider the process is little more than a DHS HO funded smoke and mirrors exercise!
The DHS can't consistently implement their own care policies, standards and values in their group homes, due to public service staff lore, staff intimidation of management and peer pressure.
Their group homes are staff workplaces, not the residents' home!
Intimidation is the number one ODSC reason people with disabilities and their families don't complain. So why would they want to risk speaking-out about their rights in the house?
The only people with rights in a DHS group home, is the public service staff. DHS management protect the staff no matter what they do, or don't do!
DHS HO tell it how it should be, not how it is… They fund this sort of project, so they look good, but have no power over the regions to ensure it is effective, hence - smoke and mirrors.