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Australian Journal of Human Rights Devoted to human rights developments in Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and internationally. The Journal adopts a broad-based multidisciplinary approach to human rights issues. It deals not only with the legal aspects of human rights but also the philosophical, historical, sociological, economic and political dimensions.
Disability & Society Debate around issues including human rights, discrimination, definitions, policy and practices.
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities International journal which presents findings from original applied research in intellectual disabilities, aimed at an international, multi-disciplinary readership.
Journal of Disability Policy Studies Ethics, policy, and law related to people with disability. A major focus is quantitative and qualitative policy research.
Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability

This journal of the Australasian Society for the Study of Intellectual Disability (ASSID) is an international, multidisciplinary journal in the field of intellectual and developmental disability.

Journal of Intellectual Disability Research This journal focuses on the study of intellectual disability, and includes research relating to biological, educational, genetic, medical, psychiatric, psychological and sociological studies.
Journal of Social Policy This journal carries high quality articles on all aspects of social policy in an international context.
Social Policy & Society This is an international academic journal sponsored by the UK Social Policy Association. The journal contains articles that draw upon contemporary policy-related research and associated developments in the social sciences.
Review of Disability Studies The journal contains research articles, essays, and bibliographies relating to the culture of disability and people with disabilities.


Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability This regional centre focuses on disability and development and was established in 2002 in Bangkok through a joint collaboration of the governments of Japan and Thailand. The overall aim of the centre is to promote the empowerment of people with disabilities and a barrier-free society in developing countries in the Asia and Pacific Region.
Australian Family and Disability Studies Research Collaboration Part of the Faculty of Health Sciences at The University of Sydney, the AFDSRC Team comprises professionals from a range of disciplines—occupational therapy, psychology, social work—committed to identifying, promoting and addressing the issues faced by families of parents or children with disability. The broad aim is to actively promote the full participation of these families in the life of their respective communities. 

Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI)

AHURI has a public good mission to deliver high quality research that influences policy development to improve the housing and urban environments of all Australians.
Australian Human Rights Centre This inter-disciplinary research and teaching centre based in the Faculty of Law at UNSW Australia was established in 1986. It aims to increase public awareness about human rights procedures, standards and issues within Australia and the international community. The Centre undertakes research projects on contemporary human rights issues and provides accessible information on developments within the field.
Centre for Developmental Disability Health This academic unit, based within the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University, aims to improve health outcomes for people with developmental disabilities through a range of educational, research and clinical activities. Its activities include: leadership and coordination in the field of Developmental Disability Medicine; undergraduate and postgraduate education in Developmental Disability Medicine; clinical support and consultancy in Developmental Disability Medicine; placements for registrars; research programs in relation to the health of people with developmental disabilities and health and human relations education and counselling services.
Centre for Developmental Psychiatry and Psychology Based in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University, this centre provides research and teaching in the field of developmental psychiatry and psychology with a particular focus on child, adolescent and family mental health. It works in close affiliation with the clinical services provided by the Monash Medical Centre Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. Special areas of interest include: mental health in children and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities; autism and other pervasive developmental disorders; neuropsychology; school refusal and truancy; trauma, anxiety and depression.
Centre for Disability Studies This is a non-profit organisation affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine at The University of Sydney. It designs and develops research, teaching and clinical practice to inform policy and practice which have an impact on people with developmental disabilities.
Centre for Research into Disability and Society The Centre is based in the School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work at Curtin University, Western Australia. It is affiliated with the US Association of University Centres on Disabilities (AUCD) and is an Organisational Member of the Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability (ASID). The research program aims to initiate and support research that makes a positive contribution to the lives of vulnerable people, their families, and the wider community.
Centre on Disability Studies The Center is based in the College of Education at the University of Hawaii. Its mission is to promote diverse abilities across the lifespan through interdisciplinary training, research, and service and focuses on development and conduct of interdisciplinary education/training, research/demonstration and evaluation, and university and community service.
Disability Policy and Research Working Group The working group is a is a standing committee of the Community and Disability Services Ministers’ Advisory Council. It was established to resource the disability advocacy sector in Victoria and provide support to the Disability Advocacy sector and Disability Advocates through a coordinated approach to issues of concern, providing professional development opportunities and undertaking capacity building projects on behalf of the sector.
Journalism and Media Research Centre Based in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UNSW Australia, it aims to undertake innovative, high-quality work to explore and inform important developments in media, communications, journalism and their related social, cultural, industry, community, and policy contexts. Their research includes media consumption and popular cultural practices with a focus on gender, sexuality, disability, age and ethnicity. It focuses on the way media representations influence social attitudes and behaviours towards particular individuals and groups, as well as the changing nature of communication and its effect on social, cultural and interpersonal practices and networks. 

Services for people with disability

Aboriginal Resources and Pathways Project, National Disability Services (NSW) a state-wide initiative to improve communication and networks between disability service providers and Aboriginal communities in order to enhance the rates of access and outcomes for Aboriginal people with disabilities in disability services.
Ageing, Disability and Home Care  Support for people with disability - providing flexible support and services to respond to the diverse needs of people with disability and their families.
Department of Social Services - Disability and Carers Providing a list of Government Schemes and Support Services
Disability Services Australia (DSA) Disability Services Australia (DSA) is a respected not-for-profit organisation that provides essential community support, employment and training services to enhance the lives of more than 2,000 people with a disability each year.
People With Disability (PWD) People with Disability Australia Incorporated (PWDA) is a national disability rights and advocacy organisation. Their primary membership is made up of people with disability and organisations primarily constituted by people with disability.
Sunnyfield Disability Services NSW & ACT Sunnyfield is a leading disability services provider with over 63 years experience in supporting people with intellectual disability across NSW and ACT.
TAD Disability Services NSW TAD Disability Services changes lives of people living with a disability by providing personalised equipment, technology and services.
United Nations Human Rights Council United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities

Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities: Easy Read (PDF)

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Services for people with disability in the criminal justice system