Ugly turf war as service providers tussle over NDIS clients with disabilities

Some of Victoria’s most marginalised citizens are being caught up in an ugly turf war between rival groups of disability accommodation and support businesses that are competing for the right to access their lucrative funding packages under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Stuff you shouldn’t say to disabled people

A good place to start is how nondisabled people can avoid giving unnecessary offense to people with disabilities. This may seem like a minor issue compared with larger structural barriers. But the best workplace disability policies and practices can be undone in a moment by thoughtless, corrosive remarks from coworkers.

When I read anti-vax posts by ‘wellness’ advocates, what I see is ableism. Here’s why

Speaking of privilege, Many of the wellness types promoting “natural immunity” have benefited from financial access to healthcare, healthy environments, education, and financial resources to improve their health — factors that directly impact a person’s health status. They’re lucky they can access those resources and systems. Others are not so lucky.

3 ways disability culture has been changing

There are substantial differences among us. Our disabilities, social backgrounds, and degrees of underlying privilege vary a great deal, even as we are united by the common experience of disability itself. We sometimes disagree not just on strategy, but over which goals we should be working towards, or the meaning of disability itself.

Revolutionary futures can be imagined

Meeting Place 2021 launched its online forum with a bang this year as keynote speakers offer reflections to overcome ableism and tips for the revolution.  Speaking from a series of heartfelt experiences, keynote speakers Georgia Cranko, Riana Head-Toussaint and Joshua Pether address this year’s theme: Reflect; Redefine; Revolutionise!, highlighting ways they grapple with toxic structural inequalities to lead the revolution.

Participants voice is central to building better Scheme

The panel, made up of 28 organisations with demonstrated connection to people with disability, will offer support so that participants can take part in co-design, consultation and engagement opportunities. It was selected after an extensive selection process.

Fears disabled Australians are being left behind as the country plans to open up

Vaccine passports will be a key item on National Cabinet’s agenda today.  But as the country prepares to open up, with NSW hurtling toward that milestone, there are grave fears that Australians with a disability will be left behind with vaccination rates still lagging. Guest: Professor Anne Kavanagh.

Overview of responses to the Safeguards and quality Issues paper –

Respondents proposed a raft of changes for the Royal Commission to consider including The lack of focus on prevention of abuse and neglect of people with disability and the need to identify the factors that potentially place individuals at higher risk of abuse. The importance of creating a service culture amongst disability service providers and support workers that respects human rights and does not tolerate violence or other abuses was also highlighted.

Dylan Alcott opens up after winning US Open and historic Golden Slam

“I can’t believe I just won the Golden Slam,” Alcott said following his win.  “I used to hate myself so much, I hated my disability, I didn’t even want to be here any more.  I found tennis and it changed and saved my life.  Now I’ve become the only male ever in any form of tennis to win the Golden Slam which is pretty cool.”

Disability research seed funding

Closing date: October 25, 2021

The funding is designed to support University of Melbourne researchers working on small to medium sized projects at the discovery or pilot end of research. Projects should be driven by the priorities of people with disability, likely to have practical outcomes, involve strong partnerships and have a clear path to sustainable funding. Projects must address a topic of importance to people with disability and demonstrate how people with disability are involved in every aspect of the research. Projects-conducted by and with people with disability and/or their families are of particular interest.

Analysis: Draft NDIS Act

The draft legislation of the new NDIS Act is finally here, marking the beginning of the end of what has been an anxious and emotional journey for the disability community. The Act was dropped last Thursday by the Department of Social Services (DSS) for a period of public feedback. Additionally, they have introduced new Rules.