Law firm joins with support group to improve access to justice for people with disabilities
13 February 2015
Chee Chee Leung
Leading social justice law firm Maurice Blackburn has joined with Melbourne-based support group Disability Justice Advocacy to improve legal help for people with disabilities.
In a new partnership that will run in Victoria for at least 12 months, the two organisations will work together to ensure people with disabilities can better access their legal rights.
Carolyn Kovac, a principal at Maurice Blackburn’s Greensborough office, said the partnership brought together two organisations with a strong commitment to justice.
“People with disabilities are among the most marginalised in our community, whose voices and needs are often ignored or forgotten,” said Ms Kovac.
“In our work at Maurice Blackburn, we see many people who have disabilities from an illness or after being injured on the road, at work or in a public place.
“We hope this partnership with Disability Justice Advocacy will ensure people with disabilities get the best legal support available.”
As part of the partnership, the two organisations will exchange their skills and experiences in advocating for people with disabilities.
Disability Justice Advocacy will provide training to Maurice Blackburn staff about working with clients with disabilities, in particular, those with acquired brain injuries.
Maurice Blackburn will provide Disability Justice Advocacy staff with professional development training in areas of law including road accident compensation, work injuries entitlements and superannuation claims.