To best serve a client with intellectual disability, legal professionals need to understand some of the systemic issues that people with intellectual disability face when they engage with the justice system. These systemic issues include (French, 2007, p. 76):

  • Access and affordability
  • Stigma that results in direct and indirect discrimination (for example, police and legal representatives assume that people with intellectual disability do not make good witnesses)
  • Time constraints faced by professionals working in the justice system
  • Complicated and adversarial legal processes
  • A lack of support systems and skills necessary to identify and work effectively with this client group
  • Vulnerability to crime and over-representation in the criminal justice system (for more information, see the section: ‘Criminal justice system over-representation’).
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The Honorable Coralee O'Rourke MP and the Queensland NDIS Transition Advisory Group will be holding industry briefings across Queensland to explore what we have learnt from year one of the NDIS transition and the potential implications for business as Queensland progresses to the full scheme. The...
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A free community Workability Expo in Brisbane will showcare employment, training and career options for people with a disability. The event at Kedron Wavell Services Club, Chermside, will connect people with educators, employment services, service providers and community organisations. Event...
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NDS invites you to participate in this two day workshop - Making the NDIS your Business! This workshop will comprehensively cover what organisations need to know about building a transition plan and costing and pricing in an NDIS environment. This workshop is suitable for CEOs/Executives and CFOs/...
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NDS Queensland is offering workshops on Costing and Pricing in a NDIS Environment in Bundaberg, Rockhampton and Hervey Bay. Costing and pricing skill and knowledge is a key area for providers to improve business practices to be prepared to operate in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)...
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Queensland Government media release Gold Coast business and community leaders have come together to discuss the economic and employment opportunities the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will bring to the region. Disability Services Minister Coralee O’Rourke said the NDIS discussions...
NDS in collaboration with local disability service providers invites you to a one day workshop NDIS Nuts and Bolts unpacking the processes of providing service under the NDIS with Sam Paior. Sam presents a unique opportunity around what you need to know to provide services to people with a...
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Queensland Government media release The Queensland Government has unveiled a new disability plan that will create opportunities for the economic and social participation of people with disability. Minister for Disability Services Coralee O’Rourke launched the All Abilities Queensland: opportunities...
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A Bill has been introduced in Federal Parliament to establish a Commission to monitor the quality and safety of services providing support to individuals on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The Commission will be known as the 'NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission' and will...
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People who are receiving disability supports funded by the Queensland Government but are not eligible for the NDIS will continue to be supported under Continuity of Support arrangements. . The Commonwealth Government Department of Health is implementing the Continuity of Support Programme (CoS) for...
Queensland Government media release The Palaszczuk Government will reinstate the Taxi Subsidy Scheme (TSS) for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants. Minister for Disability Services Coralee O’Rourke said the decision came in response to concerns expressed by some Queenslanders...

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