CRU creates, shares and sells a variety of resources aimed at assisting people to work towards positive change in the lives of people with disability. These range from practical guides, academic texts, stories, evaluations and reports and progressive frameworks for considering disability within its societal context.  CRU has a particular interest in capturing local stories that offer inspiration, information and insights into what needs to change in our communities so that people with disabilities have better lives.

CRUcial Times is the name of CRU’s themed periodical which is emailed broadly, mailed free to all members and is freely available on this website. It aims to create, inspire and develop positive change through the sharing of wisdom or information and ideas to assist in practical ways.

A variety of local and internationally produced resources are sold at events and through our online bookstore.  Many of these books hold Queensland stories and analyses.

CRU has published nine books to date, six of which are available in our bookstore.

Letting in the light by Michael Kendrick

Letting in the Light

CRU is the publisher and distributor for “Letting in the Light“ by Michael Kendrick. This illuminating book shows that the disempowerment and devaluation of people with disability is not an inevitable aspect of human service structures. He calls upon leadership in and by the sector to challenge the validity of such approaches and to create new systems that genuinely improve the lives of the people they are meant to be serving.

Together in Partnership

In addition to written publications CRU recently commissioned a DVD. Titled “Together in Partnership”, it features three Queensland organisations where the authority and governance is held either by people with disability themselves, in conjunction with their supporters, or through their family members.

Our Staff

The information, knowledge and connections that the CRU consultants gain in the course of their work is also a resource. CRU staff are happy to receive calls and emails from people who have questions or are seeking a sounding board for ideas, particularly in the areas of person centred practice, leadership and good lives for people with disability.

Bringing the Good Life to Life

Through funding from the Queensland Government’s NDIS Participant Readiness program we have developed a resource website called Bringing the Good Life to Life.

The 8 pages of this website look at the age old question of ‘What is the Good Life?’ and explores ideas, strategies and some of the thinking that can help bring this to life for a person with disability.

Resource Collection

The CRU Resource Collection contains a catalogued dynamic collection of materials that have been gathered over many years. The collected works include practical ideas for supporting people with disability to get a good life and for support services to gain a deeper understanding of their role in the lives of those people and in the wider community.

The material that has been collected is coherent with CRU’s beliefs that it is in the community where people with disabilities will find the life they seek for themselves, enjoying a wide range of roles, relationships and interests, and that there is no disability that is so severe that it precludes a full life. As such, it also includes some practical resources to help facilitate a life in community. What makes this collection different from others is that it places emphasis on how society marginalises people with disability and how societal devaluation impacts on the lives of people in multiples ways.

The collection includes material on Social Role Valorisation (SRV), particularly material by Wolf Wolfensberger. It also holds some valuable resources on the history of the disability movement. Examples include the closing of institutions around the world (including in Queensland), as well as publications that showcase the views and frameworks that have come and gone from the sector in previous decades.

CRU holds an Education Copyright License which allows us to share some information with the public upon request. The resource collection is free to use.

To access the resource collection, please contact our Information Consultant.


As an avid researcher I find that CRU’s Resource Collection has the most broad and comprehensive array of information on disability issues.

While I can get “bits and pieces” from other libraries and the internet, for me, CRU is unique in the depth and quality of the information it provides; in terms of recording our local history, examples from around the world and ideas that raise expectations of what is possible.

– Melissa Ryan

The Resource Collection