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Disability Action Southeast (DAS) is a group of people with disabilities from the outer Southeast who further the systemic work of the DRC in the that area by highlighting local issues which are important to people with disabilities in the region, and campaigning for change.  Disability Action Southeast has a membership which comprises of up to 12 people living in the outer southeast growth corridor.  DAS currently meets in Dandenong at least once every two months.  People with disabilities living in the regions of Casey, Cardinia, Frankston, Kingston and the Mornington Peninsula are encouraged to participate.  The DRC provides attendant care to assist during the meetings and, on request, reasonable costs of transport will be reimbursed.  Please express your interest in attending the group by contacting Katrina Newman on 9791 4870 or email katrina@drc.org.au.  For more information, see the press release below.

The DAS Terms of Reference (Word document) were adopted by the DRC Management Committee in March 2008.

Disability Action Southeast Belief Statement

We believe in full human rights for all regardless of disability, ethnicity, gender, sexual preference, indigenous or economic background, and full access to society including education, employment and community participation. We are committed to overcome discrimination in society.

Press release on Disability Action Southest, 2 April 2008:

The Disability Resources Centre Inc (DRC) in the outer southeast is seeking people with disabilities to join the group "Disability Action Southeast."

In late 2006, the DRC established a reference group to inform the work of the DRC and to highlight local issues which are important to people with disabilities in the region and to campaign for change. Recently changing its name the group chose "Disability Action Southeast" to reflect its focus and the work members are undertaking.

Disability Action Southeast has a membership which comprises of up to 12 people with disabilities living in the outer southeast growth corridor. Individual members of the group currently travel from the Mornington Peninsula, Pakenham, Koo Wee Rup, Casey and Dandenong to meet at least once every two months, sometimes more often.

A founding member of Disability Action Southeast Shaunagh Stevens states "As a person with a disability I have become accustomed to advocating for myself and have spent a lot of time frustrated. A single voice is rarely taken seriously and often dismissed. Therefore, I joined DAS so my voice would be heard and acknowledged. It is very important to me that I continue taking an active role in improving access into our communities; anything less would mean I accept the inequalities that presently exist."

In its first meeting for 2008, Disability Action Southeast developed a plan of action for the next twelve months. The plan involves working on developing closer links with local government; improving access to and increasing disabled parking; and preparing for a forum focusing on Accessibility in a landscape of rapid growth, with a particular emphasis on issues of isolation and accessible housing.

DAS currently meets in Dandenong. People with disabilities living in the regions of Casey, Cardinia, Frankston, Kingston and the Mornington Peninsula are encouraged to participate. To assist during the meeting the DRC will provide attendant care and on request reasonable costs of transport will be reimbursed.

Please express your interest in attending the group and give Katrina Newman a call on 9791 4870 or email katrina@drc.org.au.

 

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