Star Victoria Inc.

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OUR VISION

STAR believes in a society which lives by the principles of equity and social justice by ensuring people with an intellectual disability have rights and access to the services in our community that they need to participate fully in society.

STAR is an independent community organisation that advocates on a statewide basis for the rights of people with an intellectual disability and their families.

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Mission Statement

STAR as a community organisation, advocates on a statewide basis for the rights of people with an intellectual disability and their families by

  • changing community attitudes
  • informing, assisting, advocating for and empowering people with an intellectual disability and their families
  • working individually and collectively to influence the decision makers to bring about real inclusion and lasting change for people with intellectual disability

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STAR believes all people with intellectual disability are entitled to grow up in a family and to live and participate fully in their communities as valued citizens.

STAR is unique in Victoria in that it brings together people concerned with all aspects of intellectual disability, and works to support the interests and rights of people with an intellectual disability and their families throughout all their lives .

STAR is an independent community organisation which advocates on a statewide basis for the rights of people with an intellectual disability and their families.

STAR believes all people with intellectual disability are entitled to grow up in a family and to live and participate fully in their communities as valued citizens.

STAR works to achieve greater community awareness, attitude change and government and systemic responsiveness to the needs of people with an intellectual disability, to enable full inclusion, equity, and participation. All of STAR’s advocacy work has a clear value base of social justice and inclusion.

STAR is valued in Victoria and nationally, and its assistance, views and input are sought from a diverse range of individuals, and organisations both government and non-government.

STAR has a proud noteworthy 44 year history of empowering and resourcing people with an intellectual disability, their families and supporters, to speak up, be heard, and to challenge the barriers that prevent people with a disability from living a lifestyle of choice. Believing unequivocally in the right of all people with an intellectual disability to live and participate in the community has always been the cornerstone of STAR’s work.

Throughout STAR’s long, active history we have maintained a commitment to using the Social Model of defining disability. When we use the Social Model of defining disability, we acknowledge that no one can know the full possibilities of any person’s life and a diagnostic label is not in itself helpful in defining the supports an individual may require. In all our work we aim to highlight and affirm that it is the barriers created by society that are ‘disabling’ to an individual, and that it is our collective responsibility to remove these barriers.

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If you would like to become a member of STAR please download and fill out and send this membership form – STAR membership form