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Villamanta Disability Rights Legal Service executive officer Deidre Griffiths said in many cases where a client with a disability was in the spotlight, it was not because of their disability but because they were not being properly supported by service providers. “Many people with severe autism or an intellectual disability have behaviours that mean they need to be appropriately supported, redirected and supervised,” Ms Griffiths said.
Villamanta solicitor Viv Avery said the government’s decision to back down was a “great turn-around”. “It should take a lot of weight off the shoulders of our clients with disabilities,” he said. “It gives people with disabilities and a degree of dignity and a degree of certainty for families who are supporting their children.”