What we stand for
Our mission is to inspire, challenge and equip people to embrace ideas, to take action and to build a movement for change. Although change can be challenging, there are many opportunities and benefits that can come from change when it is managed well.
- That people with disabilities should belong to and participate in community life
This means their interests are best served when they are supported to grow up in a family, go to school at their local neighbourhood school, participate in community activities with their peers, have a home of their own, maintain strong relationships with friends, parents and siblings, work and participate in community life and have their rights as citizens protected.
- That people with disabilities are highly vulnerable to being excluded from ordinary community life.
This happens through segregated experiences, which deprive them of opportunities to have the rich range of relationships and experiences that most people take for granted. Achieving these positive life conditions for people with disabilities will always constitute a call for reform and CRU has had considerable involvement in such reform activities over many years.
- We can and should do better. We need focused and informed effort from across our community to challenge this and create a sustainable movement for positive change.
It is essential that people with disabilities, their families, friends and allies, service workers, board members and government officials be informed about the risks and possibilities, and orient their energies and resources to safeguard them against rejection and exclusion and make it possible for people with disabilities to truly participate in community life.
As much as possible, CRU believes that people with disabilities should be allowed to make decisions for themselves or to be supported by their family and close friends to make decisions about their lives when they need this support.
Striving to create more inclusive communities will always involve a call for change, and leadership will always play a vital role in bringing about such change.
Lesley Chenoweth, Change and Leadership, CRUcial Times 26, 2003
For over thirty years CRU has worked across Queensland to create meaningful, positive and sustained change that favours people with disabilities. One of the ways we create this change is through the delivery of projects that are in line with mission and goals.
CRU is a place for people to collaborate, challenge and inspire each other and we welcome all people who share our aims to link with us either formally or informally. Our constituency is made up of people with disability, family members and workers from the government and non-government sector and we regularly engage in partnerships across these groups.
It supports innovation and leadership whilst developing safeguards that protect and enhance possibilities for people with disability.