The report includes the Commissioners’ recommendations for ending violence against, and the abuse, neglect and exploitation of, people with disability in employment, education, assisted living, healthcare and other settings. It is the culmination of a four-year process during which the royal commission facilitated 32 public hearings and more than 1,500 private sessions to hear the experiences of people with disability. It also received around 8,000 submissions.
The substantial effort and skill that went into collecting, collating and analysing information from many sources on a wide array of topics was evident in each section of the report we edited. We recognised the importance of refining and clarifying the text without changing the authors’ intended meaning – especially the Commissioners’ carefully crafted recommendations.
We assembled a core team of editors and proofreaders who all became familiar with the royal commission’s preferred style. That meant we could easily scale up resources to help meet tight deadlines. One of the most important aspects of our work was to ensure the report was written in inclusive, plain language that would appeal to a wide audience.