Disability Workforce Support Project – Resources

The Disability Workforce Support Project has developed a range of educational resources that are freely available for you to use. You will find links to all of them in a list below. Further resources will be added over time.

We provide training using these resources. Please contact us if you would like to discuss training at your organisation.

Minister for Disability Services, Hon Jo Palmer launches the Toolkit!

Watch our educational videos

‘Window of Tolerance’

‘Window of Tolerance’ (opens in new window) is a 7 minute video explaining the concept of the ‘window of tolerance’ and the brain science that has informed it.

‘Take Time to Communicate’

‘Take Time to Communicate’ (opens in new window) is a 15 minute video featuring people living with disability discussing communication issues others have when communicating with them.

‘Hear Me’

‘Hear Me’ (opens in a new window) is a 15 minute video featuring people with complex communication needs discussing communication issues

‘Trauma-informed Response’

‘Trauma-informed Response’ (opens in new window) is a 15 minute PowerPoint video discussing sexual assault affecting people living with disability, and taking you through some key principles of a trauma-informed response.

Electronic resources: for download and printing

1. Guides to responding to disclosure

Please note that the Disability Support Worker Guides contain information and advice that is suitable for use by nurses, allied health professionals and others.

Disability Support Worker Guide to Responding to Disclosure from an Adult

Disability Support Worker Guide to Responding to Disclosure from a Child

GP Guide to Responding to Disclosure from an Adult

GP Guide to Responding to Disclosure from a Child

Decision-making Guide

Decision-making Flow Chart

2. Prevalence and impact of sexual violence against people with disability

Fact Sheet: Abuse is Widespread

Fact Sheet: General Practice statistics

Fact sheet: Prevalence Australia

Fact Sheet: Prevalence Tasmania

Fact sheet: Violence is frequent

3. Myths and facts about sex and disability

Fact sheet: Myths and Facts about Sexual Assault

Fact sheet: Myths about Sex and Disability

4. Risk Factors and strategies

Fact Sheet : Protective Factors Against Assault

Fact Sheet: Risk Factors for Sexual Assault

Fact Sheet : Risk Factors in a Care Setting

Fact Sheet: Strategies to Reduce Risks

5. Communication considerations

See also the communication toolkit and resources provided by ‘Speak Up and Be Safe From Abuse’ (opens in a new window): https://www.speakupandbesafe.com.au/

Communication Tips – Acquired Brain Injury

Communication Tips – Autism Spectrum

Communication Tips – Intellectual Disability

Communication Tips – Low Hearing or Deaf

Communication Tips -Low Vision or Blind

Communication Tips – Mental Illness Stigma

Communication Tips – Wheelchair User

Fact sheet: Communication Barriers

Fact sheet: Communication Checklist

“Some Things are Hard to Say”

You’ve had a difficult conversation” (Post disclosure information sheet for clients)

6: Being trauma-informed

Fact Sheet: Effects of Trauma

The Hand Model of the Brain

Fact sheet: Responding to Disclosure in a Trauma-informed Way

Fact sheet: Self-care and Vicarious Trauma

Fact sheet: Trauma-informed Care

Trauma-proof your practice for people with disability

7: Reporting and Evidence

Fact sheet: Forensic Medical Examination

Fact sheet: Reporting Obligations

Fact sheet: Preserving Evidence and Note-taking

Fact sheet: Supporting a Person who is Deciding Whether to Report to Police

8. Posters

Imagine Yourself . . . Acquired Brain Injury

Imagine Yourself . . . Autism Spectrum

Imagine Yourself . . . Intellectual Disability

Imagine Yourself . . . Low Hearing or Deaf

Imagine Yourself . . . Low Vision or Blind

Imagine Yourself . . . Mental Illness Stigma

Imagine Yourself . . . Wheelchair User

Ten Tactics of Sexual Predators of Adults

Ten Tactics of Sexual Predators of Children

Ten Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe

9: Referral pathways

Referral and Contact Information – Adult, recent

Referral and Contact Information – Adult, historical

Referral and Contact Information – Child