Tag: intellectual disability

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Mistake of Fact Submission

QAI made a submission to the Queensland Law Reform Commission Inquiry into the Mistake of Fact defence. Initial Recommendations Retain mistake of fact defence, because some people with intellectual impairment can misinterpret, for example, body language, or verbal cues if CALD, but: A proper evidentiary basis must exist before the court directs a jury on […]

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Criminal Code (Child Sexual Offences Reform) Submission

QAI made a submission in regards to the Criminal Code (Child Sexual Offences Reform) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill. Here is an excerpt from the submission of our recommendations: Recommendations QAI supports the measures in the Bill. The State Government must do more to ensure that people with intellectual disability who have committed very minor […]

Scholarship Opportunity for the 2019 ASID Conference

The Australian Society for Intellectual Disability is offering scholarships to people with an intellectual disability who require financial assistance to attend the 2019 ASID Conference in Adelaide. To be eligible for a scholarship you must: Identify as having an intellectual disability Live in Australia or New Zealand Need support to pay for accommodation and/or travel […]

Graph showing the over representation of people with intellectual disabilities in Queensland justice system

Inquiry into imprisonment and recidivism – Queensland Productivity Commission

The Queensland Government asked the Queensland Productivity Commission to determine how government resources and policies may be best used to reduce imprisonment and recidivism to improve outcomes for the community. QAI had a lot to say about this, having published editions of  Disabled Justice in 2007 and 2014.   Ten percent of prisoners in this state have […]

Media release – Violence against people with disabilities in their home forum

Australia’s Disability Discrimination Commissioner headlines QAI’s Violence against people with disabilities in their home Forum Queensland Advocacy Incorporated (QAI) is thrilled to announce that Australia’s Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Mr Alastair McEwin, will be the keynote speaker at our Violence against people with disabilities in their home forum on Monday 24th September 2018. Fresh from the […]

Let’s Nix 216

Section 216 of our Queensland Criminal Code makes it unlawful (i.e. a criminal offence) for any person to have intimate relations (i.e. sex!) with another person who has ‘impairment of the mind’, which is defined broadly in the Criminal Code and includes any person with an intellectual, psychiatric, cognitive or neurological impairment that results in […]

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About the Police, the Court and Lawyers – What to do and what not to do

The Justice Support Program (JSP) assists and advocates for people with intellectual disability who have been charged with an offence.  We have produced a book “About the Police, the Court and Lawyers – What to do and what not to do” The book uses plain English and simple illustrations to guide Dan (who has an intellectual […]

QAI speaks out against sensationalist and callous reporting of the plight of a Queensland teen with an intellectual disability and mental illness

QAI media release on the media reporting of issues pertaining to people with intellectual disability and mental illness Media Release 16.02.16