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Vale Dr Margaret Cooper OAM

Margaret Cooper OAM

It is with profound sadness that Women With Disabilities Australia advises our members and allies of the passing of Dr. Margaret Cooper OAM, one of WWDA’s founding members and our first elected President following WWDA’s incorporation in 1995. It is impossible to do justice to the contribution of Margaret Cooper – not just for and…

Opinion: System Failure? Critical Reflections on the Australian National Family and Domestic Violence Summit 2017 – Ruby Grant

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In November 2017, Ruby Grant attended the National Family and Domestic Violence Summit 2017 in Sydney, Australia, on behalf of Women with Disabilities Australia. WWDA member, Sarah Houbolt also attended and presented at the forum. In this opinion piece, Ruby provides an overview of the Summit’s central themes and critically reflects on the inclusion and…

Journal Article: Violence Against Women with Disabilities: Is Australia Meeting its Human Rights Obligations

Australia has developed a National Disability Strategy and a National Plan of Action on Violence Against Women in response to its international human rights commitments. Neither the Strategy nor the Plan, however, appears to adequately address violence against women with disabilities. Violence disproportionately affects women with disabilities as they are uniquely vulnerable to forms of…

Opinion: Unfettered Ability – Cheryl McDonnell

Unfettered Ability

Written by Cheryl McDonnell 22 June 2016 (c) 2016 Cheryl McDonnell Download: Unfettered Ability [PDF] Unfettered Ability [DOC] Unfettered Ability [RTF] Being the parent of a woman with severe disabilities involves challenging and changing learning curves. In 2010, I resumed the care and responsibility of my daughter who was then 22 years old. She had…

Opinion: Bonsai Babies – Cheryl McDonnell

Bonsai Babies

Written by Cheryl McDonnell 22 June 2016 (c) 2016 Cheryl McDonnell In June 2016, SBS Television aired a program which focused on growth attenuation therapy (GAT) – the deliberate stunting of children with disability. In this opinion piece, Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) member, Cheryl McDonnell, writes about ‘The Ashley Treatment’ and its failure to respect…