Disability Discrimination

Special Voices can assist people who have faced discrimination on the basis of disability.

What is disability discrimination?

Disability discrimination is being treated differently, in an adverse and unfair way, on the basis of a person’s disability, or their role in caring for a person with a disability.

Some examples are:

  • a child with autism being refused membership of a local athletics club because of his disability 
  • a student with Down syndrome being excluded from a class excursion because the school will not provide the one-to-one supervision that she needs to participate in the excursion.


Disability discrimination can not only cause a lot of emotional pain and hurt for families, it can affect the victim’s participation and progress in education, work, sport, recreation and social life. 

Fortunately, several Australian laws prohibit disability discrimination, recognising that people with disability and their carers have equal rights to participate in all aspects of public life.

Angela Cox

Principal Lawyer

Resolving a disability discrimination complaint

The Australian laws that prohibit disability discrimination are complex and overlapping. They comprise various pieces of discrimination, equal opportunity, human rights and fair work legislation made by the Commonwealth and State and Territory Parliaments over several decades.

Disability discrimination complaints under these laws are resolved by adminstrative law processes which are characterised by informality, efficiency and fairness. The focus is on helping the parties reach an agreement on how to practically resolve the issue.

Outcomes of a resolved complaint may be:

How Special Voices can help you resolve a disability discrimination complaint

Self-advocacy option

This option may suit you if you need some expert guidance on the process, or a specific question answered, but don’t need me to hold your hand all the way.

Legal representation option

I will advise and act on your behalf at all or some stages of the complaint resolution process. This option may suit you if you want to minimise the stress, time and energy expended in the complaints process.



"I would highly recommend Angela to other parents needing a will to make a special provision for a severely intellectually disabled child"

“Angela has recently assisted with the preparation of my Will and Codicil amendments.

Throughout this process Angela displayed a high level of professionalism and attention to detail, while delivering a great outcome that me and my whole family understand and are very happy with.”

– N.C, Mother

Why Choose Special Voices

Easy-to-understand, plain English legal advice

Fixed, reasonable fees disclosed up-front

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No waitlists or
eligiblity hurdles

Empathy for families from lived experience

25 years' experience in disability law

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Next steps

How do I get Special Voices to help me and my family?


Book a consultation

The first step is to book a free, no-obligation 30-minute consultation with me. We will talk about your problem and get to know each other.


Receive a proposal

I will send you a written proposal detailing how I can help you to solve your problem. This will include a fixed-fee quote for the proposed work (no hidden or surprise costs down the track).


Get your problem solved

We work together to solve your problem and achieve your desired outcome as quickly as possible.

Book a free intial consultation

Book a free, no-obligation 30-minute consultation to discuss your discrimination concern and how Special Voices can help.

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