About the Intellectual Disability Rights Service (IDRS)

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Make a Donation to Our Volunteers

Support the 160 Volunteers across NSW who work endlessly supporting people with Intellectual Disability.

It does not matter if you are a witness, victim or defendant the legal system is complex and daunting for everybody – for people with Intellectual Disability it is simply frightening. Our volunteers work endless hours each week helping people with Intellectual Disability understand the complexities and stand up for their rights when they are required in Court or at a Police Station. Specialised volunteers spend hours each week supporting parents who have Intellectual Disability and who have either had their children removed from their care by Family and Community Services, or who are at risk of having their children removed. Not to forget the Volunteer Solicitors who spend significant amounts of time providing free legal advice to people with Intellectual Disability – including, but not limited to, discrimination, wills and employment matters.

People with an intellectual disability make up 2-3% of the New South Wales population however this figure rises to over 10% when looking at the New South Wales prison population. A significant poportion of this can be attributed to people with an intellectual disability not understanding that their behaviour is wrong or not having the correct support when faced with our justice system.

What your donation supports

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$25 enables a volunteer to help a witness, victim or defendant with intellectuality disability at the police station
$50 enables a volunteer to help a witness, victim or defendant intellectuality disability through their court appearance
$250 enables IDRS to provide initial volunteer training
Corporate donation
Donations over $2 are tax deductable in Australia - a receipt will be sent to you via email upon receipt of payment.
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Phone, Mail or Fax

To donate by phone please call 1800 666 611 and talk to Persons name who will assist you in making a donation using your credit card.

To donate by mail or fax please download our mail donation form and return it to:

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IDRS – Donations
PO Box 3347
Redfern NSW 2016
Fax:(02) 9318 2887
General Enquiries:(02) 9318 0144
Donations over $2 are tax deductable in Australia - a receipt will be sent to you via email upon receipt of payment.
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What People Say About IDRS…

IDRS are the only legal service with the knowledge and understanding of working with people with intellectual disability. There is no competition.

Lindy Rodriguez, People with Disabilities Advocacy Group

They understood what was happening to me in court and told me so I didn’t get frustrated

IDRS Client

It means a lot [IDRS support], really a lot. I spoke to my mum, I said if I had this support before I would still have [first child] with me.” I appreciate everything [IDRS] did for me.

IDRS Client, Parents Project

I admire them because of the way that they respect, communicate with and treat the people who come into their care with complete dignity.

Assessor Feedback from IDRS Client Family Member

On sentencing, the magistrate commented on the co-operation between prosecution, defence, IDRS and other services to pull everything together to enable the young man to be released from prison.

IDRS Client

She was there to keep us calm. She was like an angel sent to us.

IDRS Client

They are very professional and that gave me the confidence to be able to speak up for myself.

IDRS Client, Criminal Justice System Network

I get personal satisfaction from ensuring that people with an intellectual disability are not unfairly spending their lives in prison, it feels great when it turns out well. I am not alone I am one of 130 volunteers across NSW who commit their time to doing the same, and we are all supported by the great team at Intellectual Disability Rights Service (IDRS). All of us are passionate about ensuring everybody’s rights are upheld.

Bruce Bland, Volunteer Campbelltown

Both the Crown Prosecutor and Solicitor commented on what a difference it made having [IDRS Support Person’] at the conference. Many thanks to [IDRS] and the great work your organisation does.

Witness Assistance Officer

I’ve learnt a lot more about my legal rights wherever in my life I might need it.

IDRS Student, Your Life Your Rights Course

If it wasn’t for the group, I’d live in a hermit shell, staying inside with my doors and windows locked.

IDRS Participant, Peer Support Network Group

I feel very fortunate and valued to be in this role.

Elizabeth Starr, Volunteer Bradbury

One of the members who struggled with confidence when she joined the network set herself 3 goals – get a job, join a choir and learn how to cook – she has achieved all three.

Ben Garcia, Educator IDRS

This volunteering role has helped me gain confidence I did not think I had; I am more assertive and knowledgeable now

Catherine Lukic, Volunteer Miranda

Without the help of the [IDRS] and that, I don’t know where I’d be. I’d probably still be going through the justice system. So I can’t thank them enough.

IDRS Client, Parents Project

They are nice people [IDRS Team] because they didn’t judge me, they just helped me.

IDRS Client, Criminal Justice System Network

They are a very good service with sensitive and approachable people with high ethics.

Assessor Feedback from IDRS Client Family Member

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