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Positive Powerful Parents (PPP)

A self advocacy group for parents with intellectual disability.    We are a group of parents with an intellectual disability who strongly believe that most parents should be supported to have their children at home with them.

We meet up to support each other and think of ways to make the system fairer for parents with intellectual disability.  If you are a parent with a disability we would love to hear from you and how it has affected you being a parent.

We also provide respect, meetings, shared experiences and a safe place to talk about our stories.

PPP Mission Statement

The Positive Powerful Parents Self Advocacy Group is run by and for parents with an intellectual disability. We strongly believe that every parent has their own unique way of parenting, and the voice of parents with a disability needs to be heard and actioned.

How and why we started

We started because of the numbers of parents with an intellectual disability who do not get the support they need to keep their children.

What we do

We connect with other groups of parent’s from around the state. We run events and meetings.  Our meetings are usually at Ross House 247 Flinders Lane Melbourne and are every fortnight.

We work to try and change the child protection system to make it fairer for parents with intellectual disability.

Contact us

Positive Powerful Parents, Ross House, 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000

Ph: (03) 9650 7855  our brochure here PPPbrochure

In September 2018 PPP hosted the Hand in Hand parent meeting.  Parents from around Victoria came together to talk about the strengths and challenges of being a parent with an intellectual disability, including discrimination parents have faced when in contact with child protection.

PPP worked with the Parenting Research Centre to make a report of the day.  Positive Powerful Parents hosted a parent meeting.  17 parents with intellectual disability from all over Victoria were in attendance, here is a report from the day. HandinHandReport

We meet every month, please contact Susan at Reinforce on 9650 7855 or if you would like more information about the group

Congratulations to Jane Rosengrave for winning the Inspire Award for best Achievement in Disability Advocacy 2017.

Funds in Court: Inspire Awards

Congratulations Jane Rosengrave on winning the Inspire Award for Best Achievement in Disability Advocacy. Jane was nominated by the Office of the Public Advocate. Funds in Court’s Inspire Awards recognise people 18 years and older, living in Victoria, who identify with a disability and are well respected in their field of work/interest and community. Nominees are acknowledged not only for their professional contribution to their work but for their enduring leadership qualities, role modelling, mentoring and/or volunteering.

The peer-based awards provide an important opportunity to raise awareness about disability issues and, ultimately, support the development of an inclusive Australian society.

Congratulations to Jane – long time Committee member of Reinforce. Jane Rosengrave recipient of the Tony Fitzgerald Memorial Award at the Australian Human Rights Awards for 2016

jane-awardAll at Reinforce are extremely proud of Jane and her achievements.

The Tony Fitzgerald Memorial Community Award – Individual is awarded to a person with a track record in promoting and advancing human rights in the Australian community on a not-for-profit basis. Jane is a proud Yorta Yorta woman with an intellectual disability. She is a passionate advocate for people with disability. Jane grew up in institutions and has experienced segregation as well as sexual and other violence, including domestic violence. She contributes to several organisations and shares her personal experiences publicly to raise awareness of the abuse and discrimination facing people with disability.

The link to the Human Rights Award page is

To see Jane receive the award look at this link

No Strangers Here Project 2015

Reinforce collaborated with some local musicians who volunteered a lot of their time and expertise. This project is a huge success and these self-advocates should be congratulated for the adversity they have had to overcome just to be seen & heard.

The title of the Cd was taken from “No Strangers Here- Only Friends You Haven’t Met Before”

The Happy Song has been put together with photos to make this

Drummond Street Ballad A true history of Reinforce – Sung by The Rights Tough


We would like to thank The City of Melbourne, and the musicians who helped support us with this venture.

Shut In Campaign

Reinforce and VALID have a joint campaign called the ‘Shut I’ campaign, the ‘Shut In’ campaign, represents the 4,813 Australia Citizens with disabilities who are not only Shut Out of the community but remain ‘Shut In’ large scale institutions, that continue to be segregated from the community where people are housed in substandard conditions.

We would ask you to download the petition on this page and sign it and get like minded friends and family to sign it and send it in to the Reinforce office.

For more information please go to

Reinforce Inc
2nd floor, Ross House
247 Flinders Lane
Melbourne 3000


Yarning group for First Peoples with Intellectual Disabilities

 What we do?

The group is a safe and fun place to meet for coffee and do things like share our stories and culture by chatting, yarning, artwork, crafts, music and finding ways to have our voices heard.

If you are interested please contact Jane or Chris on 9650 2730 or

History Project

The Reinforce History Group started in 2006.  It’s in partnership between Reinforce, Latrobe University and RMIT.  Since we started we have been having fortnightly meeting’s. In 2008 we organized a reunion at Story Hall, the reunion was a big success.  We have interviewed 25 people on what they can rember about their time at Reinforce in the 80’s. We have been to conferences such as disability inclusive research collaboration conference Sydney, Assid Adelaide and Having a Say conference and also New Zealand.

We are now working on a coffee table book.

To see the History Project presentations –

  • History Project click here
  • Workshop click here
  • Empowerment through Research AFDO conference 2009 click here
  • Inclusion Round Table poster click here
  • Insider perspectives click here
  • Inclusive workshop in Sydney 2012 click here
  • Having a Say Conference in 2012 click here
  • Having a Say Conference in 2013 click here
  • Coffee Table book Reinforce-final-23-10-13-JF

For more information about the history you can contact Janice Slattery, Jane Hauser, Norrie Blythman.

For more information please contact Janice, Amanda, Norrie or Jane at Reinforce on 9650 7855 or Patsie Frawley at LaTrobe University
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Chris Bigby at LaTrobe University
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or Paul Ramcharan at RMIT
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Doug Pentland & David Banfield Award

The Doug Pentland & David Banfield Award is an annual award given in conjunction with VALID presented to an outstanding self advocate who has spoken out about closing institutions and the importance of living independently in the community.

The award is named in honor of the late Doug Pentland & David Banfield  who were remarkable self advocates who fought tirelessly for the closure of all institutions. Doug & David were much loved members of Reinforce and  truly dedicated friends who believed in upholding the rights of all people with an intellectual disability. We present this award to honor everything they taught us and as a promise to carry on their life’s work.

My House My Home My Rights in a CRU

Reinforce has developed a DVD and training for staff and residents of CRUs in Victoria.  If you are interested in this training please contact us at the office

Colin Hiscoe – Training Officer 03 9650 7855 or
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