In human rights discourse under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) (2006), Direct Support Workers (DSW) are duty-bearers. This means DSWs have a duty to promote, protect and uphold the full and equal enjoyment of rights of persons with disabilities. The duty of DSWs to uphold rights is more critical in the era of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Act (2013) and the obligations that regulate providers and practitioners under the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission (NDIS Commission).
DSWs are the frontline support to people with disabilities and as such, play an essential role in fulfilling the rights and dignity of the person with disability. Drawing from the legislative requirements and contemporary research, Dr Jeffrey Chan will discuss the practical ways and present some examples of how DSWs have performed as champions in enlivening the dignity of the people they support.