29 September 2023

Life Without Barriers welcomes the release of the Final Report by the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of People with Disability (DRC).

We acknowledge the release of the report marks a difficult time for people with disability with considerable hardship in both sharing their stories and listening to the experiences of people in the disability community. We offer our respect and appreciation to the many people with disability who provided submissions to the DRC – and to the many people whose stories were not told. Your experiences are equally important.

We also acknowledge the many advocates and Disability Representative Organisations whose tireless efforts gave rise to the DRC and its necessary focus on experiences of people with disability that must never be acceptable in our society.

Life Without Barriers is now taking time to read the Report in its entirety so we can understand the recommendations in full. We will continue to deepen our commitment in upholding human rights within our services and to be led and informed by people with lived experience.

Whilst the report marks the end of the journey undertaken by the Disability Royal Commission, it must shape deeper action in our ongoing responsibility to create an inclusive and just society.

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