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Report Uncovers Shocking Abuse and Neglect of Adults With Disability

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Widespread abuse and neglect of adults with disability has been uncovered by the New South Wales ombudsman, with appalled disability advocates now calling for an independent public advocate to protect vulnerable people.

The ombudsman’s office responded to 206 reports of alleged abuse and neglect of adults with disability – involving family members, partners, or other members of the community – between August 2015 and October 2018.

report from a two-year ombudsman released on Friday detailed shocking cases of abuse, including a mother who used cable ties, a dog leash and sheets to tie her daughter with an intellectual and physical disability to her wheelchair and bed.

In another case, a young man with a psychosocial disability living with his father was found in filthy, cockroach-infested accommodation that housing officers said was the worst they had ever seen.

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Source:
Luke Michael, 2018, Probono Australia (https://probonoaustralia.com.au/)

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