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Speak Up and be Safe from Abuse National tour

Thank you to those who attended the Speak Up and be Safe from Abuse workshops as part of the Agosci 2018 National Tour. As part of the workshops some state-specific resource have been developed:


Summary document- where to form here from here, Tasmania

Support services, Tasmania


The Speak Up and be Safe from Abuse project has featured in a recent article in Intellectual Disability Australasia. Select the link to see the full article: Speak Up and be Safe from Abuse - IDA

Reference: Weston, E., Rezzani, N., & Johnson, H. (2018). Speak up and be safe from abuse. Intellectual Disability Australasia, 39(2), 12.

More information About this website

This website was developed to support people with a disability, disability support workers and service providers get access to communication aids and resources. Friends, family and carers of people with disabilities and organisations may also find this website useful.

People with communication difficulties have an increased risk of abuse

People with disabilities and complex communication needs are 2-6 times more likely to suffer physical, mental or sexual abuse than others in their community, as a consequence of their inability to communicate effectively (Balandin 2006, Collier 2006). There is an urgent need to develop and strengthen safeguards for people with complex communication needs.

Additional resources 

Talking Mats Keeping Safe resource available to purchase from Zyteq.

Relationship and Sexuality program for schools - and can be adapted for adults!

Hate crime launch video from Scotland.

The Speak Up and be Safe from Abuse toolkit

The Speak Up and be Safe from Abuse toolkit and resources were developed using information from literature and consultations with people with communication difficulties, professionals and peak bodies. A pilot training program was also developed, to train disability support workers about the abuse risk factors for individuals with communication difficulties and to provide an introduction to the communication toolkit and resources.

I need help now

To get help now please call the service you need or download and print the factsheets on the resources page