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We are very pleased to announce our very own Helen, Manager of SDM Projects, won the 2018 ACT Chief Minister's Inclusion Award for Excellence in Support Work. We are very proud of you Helen! Congratulations to Helen as well as to the SDM staff, and all ADACAS staff members who have supported Helen to take a lead in supported decision making activities.

Helen's speech: “It’s an extraordinary privilege to have the generosity of learnings that the people I work with share with me and everyone in the community. I feel incredibly lucky to have been included in the community all my life and am really passionate about making sure that this is the experience for everyone. Thank you very much”


ACT Law Society Donates $7,870 to ADACAS

On 27 September 2018 the ACT Law Society donated $7,870 to ADACAS. Our CEO, Michael Bleasdale, thanked the President, Chris Donohue, for this generous donation, announcing to the members’ present that the funds will go towards supporting our older clients to have a voice in the upcoming Royal Commission into Aged Care. We acknowledge the outgoing President Sarah Avery in nominating ADACAS to receive these funds.

Respect Know Act Received New ILC Grant for Supported Decision Making

07 May 2018

The outcomes from the most recent Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) grant rounds were announced last week. ADACAS and RKA are pleased to announce that the Respect Know Act project has received continued funding for another year.

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ADACAS Submission to the Standing Committee on Health, Ageing and Community Services​

23 Apr 2018

The Standing Committee on Health, Ageing and Community Services is currently conducting an inquiry and will report on the implementation, performance and governance of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in the ACT. ADACAS had the opportunity to provide a submission to this inquiry.

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The Power of Choice

26 Mar 2018

ADACAS is hosting a discussion with Clickability, Hireup and People with Disabilities ACT about understanding rights, roles and advocacy in the NDIS. The event is on the 20th of April from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm.

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Public Consultation about the NDIS

01 Mar 2018

The ACT Disability Reference Group would like to hear about your views and experiences of the NDIS. They are holding a consultation on 13th March 2018 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm at Nature Conservation House. Go to our latest news page for more information!

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Women, Disability and Domestic Violence

20 Feb 2018

How can we confront the shocking statistics surrounding instances of violence and harassment against women with a disability? ADACAS CEO, Fiona May explores this question with Amanda Smith from ABC RN and Sue Salthouse.

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ACT Chief Minister's Inclusion Awards

15 Dec 2017

Congratulations to our CEO Fiona May for winning the 2017 ACT Chief Minister’s Inclusion Awards “Excellence in Championing Human Rights” award.

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ADACAS survey: experiences with making healthcare decisions

22 Nov 2017

ADACAS would like to know about how people who require support to make decisions make decisions about their healthcare. We would also like to know about the experiences of their carers and health professionals. Please click below to complete a short 5-minute survey on healthcare decisions.

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ADACAS has moved!

20 Nov 2017

ADACAS has moved! We are now located at Unit 14, Weston Community Hub. Click below for a map of our new location.

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Supported Decision Making in Healthcare Forum

23 Oct 2017

The ADACAS Supported Decision Making Team is holding a forum on supported decision making in healthcare on Tuesday 14 November. Please click below for more information.

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People with a disability face “impossible” search for accessible rentals in Canberra

04 Mar 2017

An article written by Emma Kelly and Rachel Packham for, demonstrates the difficulty faced by people with a disability to find accessible rental housing in the ACT.

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Have your say on restrictive practices in the ACT

04 Mar 2017

The ACT government is considering establishing an Office of the Senior Practitioner to manage the use and reduction of use of restrictive practices in the ACT. The ACT government wants to hear the views of the ACT community by inviting you to have your say.

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Free Information Sessions on Elder Abuse Awareness

04 Mar 2017

The ACT Disability, Aged and Carer Advocacy Service (ADACAS) with the Council on the Ageing (COTA) are running information sessions on Elder Abuse Awareness.

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Civil Society NDIS Statement to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)

09 Dec 2016

ADACAS is pleased to join a national call for stronger engagement with people with a disability in the National Disability Insurance Scheme

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Calling for a National Supported Decision Making Framework

14 Oct 2016

The National Supported Decision Making Network has called on governments to develop a national framework for supported decision making.

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NDIS Ripple Effect Forum

28 Sep 2016

On 28 September ADACAS participated in an NDIS forum, reflecting on 2 years rollout in the ACT. ADACAS presentation is available here, our focus was on the experience of our clients and the use of the review and appeal processes.

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Supported Decision Making, Psychosocial Disability and the National Disability Insurance Scheme

16 Aug 2016

A new report on Supported Decision Making.

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November Workshops for Women with Disability Seeking to Enter the NDIS

19 Oct 2015

Women living with disability and/or mental illness are invited to join the CEO of ADACAS and Director of Imagine More for this inspiring series of workshops 4 consecutive Mondays 1pm-5pm Commencing Monday 9 November Concluding Monday 30 November Location: Mental Health Community Coalition Level 1 Griffin Centre 20 Genge Street Canberra City

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Consultation on Information, Linkages and Capacity Building

19 Oct 2015

ADACAS and Imagine More are co-hosting a consultation session to hear your thoughts. Come along and take part in the discussion. All feedback will be provided to the NDIA. We would like your input about Information, Linkages and Capacity Building.

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Disability and Palliative Care Forum - Thursday 23 July 2015

23 Jul 2015

PCA is joining with the A.C.T. Disability, Aged and Carer Advocacy Service (ADACAS) to provide a forum on disability and palliative care. What do providers, consumers and carers need to know about decision making and planning for end of life in this community? How can we all work together to ensure palliative care is delivered where it is needed at the right time?

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Letter Calling for a National Inquiry into the Abuse of People with Disability by ADACAS

08 Dec 2014

Attached is the letter sent to the Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Senator Mitch Filfield, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Manager of Government Business from ADACAS, calling for a national inquiry into the abuse of people with a disability.

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National Disability Abuse Inquiry

05 Dec 2014

The Disability Advocacy Network Australia (DANA) is calling for a national inquiry into the abuse of persons with a disability and violence in institutional and care settings. For more information and to get involved please follow the link below:

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ADACAS Recommendations to the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal on Supported Decision Making for People Experiencing Psycho Social and Intellecal Disability

26 Sep 2014

On 26 September 2014 ADACAS submitted a report to the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal (ACAT) on Supported Decision Making for People Experiencing Psycho Social and Intellectual Disabilities. Attached is the report containing the recommendations.

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National Disability Insurance Scheme

04 Oct 2012

National Disability Insurance Scheme The National Disability Insurance Scheme – also known as NDIS – is a significant social reform where people’s needs will be carefully assessed so they get the right support at the right time.

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ADACAS to continue Older Persons Advocacy within Canberra

ADACAS is pleased to be continuing to provide Older Persons Advocacy following a competitive bid process undertaken by the Department of Health. ADACAS has joined with other advocacy organisations to create the Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) to deliver a national advocacy, information and education service for older people. More information about OPAN can be found at

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