About Voice at the Table
“We provide practical information to ensure that people with cognitive disability have a real and equal voice at the table. Everything we do is disability led, co designed and aligns with the civil rights slogan, “Nothing About Us Without Us."
Voice at the Table (VATT) began in 2016, as a project through the Self Advocacy Resource Unit (SARU) and was funded by the NDIA as a pilot project. It has continued until 2020 through funding from the Victorian State Government’s Advocacy Futures Grants and from The Victorian Government Boards and Committees Initiative.
This new project - Building Stronger Voices - was established because disability policies have typically been developed on behalf of people with cognitive disabilities, rather than with their direct participation.
- VATT has trained people with cognitive disability (Intellectual Disability and Acquired Brain Injuries) to speak up and become self-advocates (Consumer Participation Training). There are now 60 people with cognitive disabilities who have completed the Consumer Participation training.
- VATT trained Government Departments and other organisations to run their meetings in an inclusive manner so that everyone can have a say (Inclusive Meeting Practice Training)
- The Monthly Meetup - is a peer led capacity building meeting for Self Advocates who have completed the Consumer Participation training
- The VATT CHAT podcast was co-designed in March 2020 as a response to the Covid -19 pandemic. Its purpose is to be a resource for the Inclusive Meeting Practice Training and focuses on the 10 Top Tips and stories from Self Advocates.
VATT is now a project of AMIDA and funded (from October 2020 - June 30 2022) through the Federal Department of Social Services (DSS) ILC (Individual Capacity Building) Funding round. It's objective is to build stronger Self Advocacy voices through training, co-design inclusion methods and capacity building.
What is the purpose of the project?
The Voice at the Table ILC Project- Building Stronger Voices- is a continuation of the highly successful Voice at the Table Projects which were funded by the Victorian Govt. This project will identify and address some of the barriers people with cognitive disabilities face in exercising their right to civic, social and political participation.
What will the role entail?
The VATT Coordinator will be responsible for:
- Supervising staff (both with and without cognitive disability)
- Reporting to DSS regarding the ILC grant
- Ensuring that VATT complies with AMIDA’s Covid safe plan
- Managing the budget (with support from the AMIDA finance dept.)
- Data collection, collation and conclusions
- Facilitating the operations of the VATT Steering Group and supporting its members
- Making all forms of communication accessible to people with a cognitive disability (Plain English, Easy English, recordings etc)
- Promotions including ensuring the website is updated and using social media (Facebook and Instagram)
- Managing the G-Suite - all documents and resources are on here
- Networking and Liaising with other organisations relevant to the work of VATT
- Being on the VATT Steering Committee and VATT CHAT Working Group
- Looking for funding opportunities and writing submissions to ensure VATT continues post June 2022
- Attending the Monthly Meetup
A position description is attached.