Further information: Intellectual disability


SeeContacts” at the end of Understanding disability and the law.

Publications by Intellectual Disability Rights Service (NSW)

The following publications are available from the Intellectual Disability Rights Service (tel: (02) 9318 0144):

Question of Rights, 1998;

Rights in Residence, 1996;

Intellectual Disability: A Manual for Criminal Lawyers, Mark Ierace, 1989.

Publications by Villamanta

The following publications are available from the Villamanta Disability Rights Legal Service (tel: 5227 3338; visit: www.villamanta.org.au):

People Who Have an Intellectual Disability and the Criminal Justice System, 2010;

Your Rights, Your Choices, 2009 (for people who have an intellectual disability);

Cripples, Coons, Fags and Fems: A Look at How Four Human Rights Movements Have Fought Prejudice, 1999;

Duty of Care: Who’s Responsible? A Guide for Carers Supporting People with Disabilities, revised 2013;

Duty of Care and Negligence: A Training Manual for Carers and Support Workers, 1996;

Oliver Twist has Asked for More: The Politics and Practice of Getting Justice for People with Disabilities, 1994.

Other publications

D’Argaville, M & Bright, J 1995, Right to Consider: A Practical Guide for Lawyers on Mental Impairment and the Law, Leo Cussen Institute.

Diverge Consulting & Villamanta Disability Rights Legal Service 2016, People with Acquired Brain Injury and the Victorian Justice System: Rights and Resources, Inkshed Press.

Office of the Public Advocate 1997, Working for Justice: People with Mental Impairment and the Police Interview Process – The Role of the Independent Third Person.

Victoria Legal Aid & the Office of the Public Advocate 2012, Securing Their Future: For Parents of Children and Adult Children with a Decision-making Disability.

Victoria Legal Aid, Disability Discrimination Legal Service & Villamanta 2009, Using Disability Discrimination Law.

Victoria Police 2013, Equality is Not the Same: Victoria Police Response to Community Consultation and Reviews on Field Contact Policy and Data Collection and Cross-cultural Training.

Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission 2014, Beyond Doubt: The Experiences of People with Disabilities Reporting Crime – Research Findings.

The Department of Health and Human Services’s Library Service has an extensive range of written and audio visual material (tel: 1800 742 733).

Useful websites

Disability Services Commissioner:


National Disability Insurance Scheme:


Contacts and resources