Resourcing Change

Connecting people with ideas for change


A movement for change requires information, inspiration and challenge.

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 through our online store.  Many of these books hold Queensland stories and history.

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

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Think Again Booklet

Think Again features stories of people with disability and their supporters working creatively to break down barriers. Over four years CRU, along with a voluntary Steering Group, aimed to understand what it takes to effectively support people with disability who face multiple life barriers. In short, Queenslanders who are at greater risk of “falling through the cracks”. Download a copy here (Accessible Word Version / PDF) or contact CRU or steering group members if you are interested in getting a printed copy.

Why It Matters Resources

A range of resources to accompany the Why It Matters Booklet series. Topics covered include Advocacy, Employment and Succession Planning. These booklets have been developed as part of the Anne Cross Leadership Initiative, a partnership between Uniting Care Queensland (UCQ) and CRU, created to honour the contribution of Anne to UCQ during her years as the Chief Executive Officer. The initiative aims to contribute to strong, principled leadership amongst people with disability and families across Queensland to work towards better lives for people with disability.

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Inclusive Education Resources

Created by our Families For Inclusive Education Project, within these pages are resources on what quality inclusive education looks like in practice, including research on what works, laws and policies on inclusion, and current approaches to inclusion in class, in the playground and in all aspects of school life.

You will also find stories from families and educators pursuing inclusive education and practical tips on the “how” of successful inclusion and parent advocacy.

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CRUcial Conversations Podcast

CRUcial Conversations:  Five stories of grassroots leadership and change in the disability community in Queensland is a podcast series launched by CRU in 2019.  It looks at the stories of Josey McMahon, Marg & Jeremy Ward, Anne Cross, Leanne Burke and Kevin Cocks.  We are very grateful that these people were prepared to share their very personal stories and to submit to having their decades of experience distilled into just a 30 minute podcast!

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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 and sustain this for a person with disability.

We have gathered some local and international content and created new resources that highlight key ideas and share the wisdom of others.

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 resources are coherent with our beliefs and includes practical resources to help facilitate a life in community. This necessarily includes resources that explore 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 us.

Click below to see the many resources CRU has available on this website: