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PWDA Disability Support for
the Royal Commission 
  Thursday 4 September 2014
 
Dear ,
 
People with Disability Australia (PWDA) has some good news to share with you about the Disability Support for the Royal Commission project.
 
Two year extension
 
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (the Royal Commission) has been given extra funding to extend its work for two more years. This means the 
 
 
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Royal  Commission will be able to continue its important work into 2017, giving more people, including people with disability, the opportunity to share their story and contribute to the future prevention of sexual abuse of children. We are pleased our representations to the Attorney-General as well as Royal Commission requests for an extension have been positively received.  
 
New website
 
PWDA’s Disability Support for the Royal Commission project has a new website which is online at http://rcsupport.pwd.org.au/. This website has been designed to specifically highlight our work supporting people with disability affected by the Royal Commission and provide information to people with disability who might like to share their story with the Commission.
 
We encourage everyone, including people with disability, service providers, advocates, and friends, family members and carers to explore the website. The website also provides a basic explanation of the work of the Royal Commission, and explains the different parts of PWDA’s work: individual advocacy, systemic advocacy, research and a comprehensive training program.
 
Ambassador program
 
PWDA is running a new Ambassador program. This program is seeking 100 Ambassadors across Australia to distribute PWDA Disability Support for the Royal Commission information packs to various locations – urban, regional and remote – to help raise awareness about the Royal Commission and the support available.  These information packs will contain brochures and posters encouraging children, young people and adults with disability to share their story, as well as copies of our Advocates’ Toolkit. The Toolkit is designed to support formal and informal advocates and supporters who might be assisting someone to tell their story to the Royal Commission.
 
To express your interest in becoming an Ambassador, please send your name, postal address and suggestions about where you might be able to distribute information packs to Jess Cadwallader, Advocacy Project Manager, Violence Prevention at jessc@pwd.org.au
 
Take action
To learn more about PWDA’s work supporting people with disability affected by the Royal Commission, please visit Disability Support for the Royal Commission website http://rcsupport.pwd.org.au/ or contact Jess Cadwallader, Advocacy Project Manager on 1800 422 015 or email jessc@pwd.org.au
 
 
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People with Disability Australia (PWDA)
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