Children with developmental delays such as autism have become the victims of postcode discrimination, with some in poorer suburbs waiting hundreds of days for the crucial diagnosis often needed to access the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Two Chinese officials have been removed from office following the death of a 16-year-old boy with a disability whose father — the boy’s carer — was quarantined with suspected coronavirus.
New data demonstrates backlogs for children with disability in accessing Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) support through the National Disability Insurance Scheme has been slashed over the last six months.
The Victorian and NSW governments have accused the Commonwealth of holding back $1.7 billion in extra funds for the National Disability Insurance Scheme to prop up its promised budget surplus.
The task force set up to investigate fraud in the National Disability Insurance Scheme is under-resourced and dysfunctional, a whistleblower claims.
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Frustrated doctors have admitted to cutting corners to ensure children with disabilities can access government funding sooner.
As it turns its attention to examining the Australian health system, the Disability Royal Commission is adapting to the needs of the people who are at the centre of this inquiry, people with disabilities. Over the next two weeks it’ll hear evidence from people with intellectual disabilities, acquired brain injuries and autism. But being in a hearing room can be a confronting experience. So to help them, the Royal Commission has held a session to explain what they might encounter.
Mr Higgins, who had previously worked with the Australian Federal Police for 27 years, says there are only about 15 people all up, trying to deal with fraud in the scheme. “It’s simply too much fraud for too few people,” Mr Higgins told reporters in Melbourne on Sunday.
People With Disability Australia (PWDA) have announced a new $100 million proposal to tear down barriers for those with a disability trying to get a job. The proposal has been made to the Australian Government as a part of a Federal Pre-Budget submission and was released today and contains three recommendations.
The Disability Royal Commission resumes hearings in Sydney this morning focusing on the healthcare provided to people with Intellectual Disabilities. It’ll investigate why the group is twice as likely to suffer preventable death with Commission chair Ronald Sackville warning the inquiry will hear disturbing evidence.
The NDIS has fundamentally changed the nature of work in this sector, and the reality is that the current funding model is failing to attract and retain a qualified, motivated and suitably compensated workforce, writes Fran Connelley.
SANE Australia’s Anne Deveson Research Centre, in partnership with the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne, is conducting the national Our Turn to Speak survey to understand the life experiences of people aged 18+ living with severe and complex mental health issues.
Case in point, on Sunday, the hashtag #YouMightBeAbleistIf began to trend on Twitter, sparking tons of responses from the disability community of everyday and casual instances of ableism they’ve experienced.