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Vaccine delays anger disability service provider

The federal government’s given up putting a date on when all Australians will get their COVID-19 vaccination, as one of the nation’s largest disability service providers says not one of their residents has received a jab;

NDIS reforms face mounting opposition

Disability advocate Craig Wallace said Senator Reynolds’ appointment should be used as a “reset” to the reforms, which he argued were “well-intentioned in their framing” but were now clearly “problematic for all kinds of reasons. It is just absurd that people with a disability should be asked about their intimate lives and sex lives in order to be able to get funding for wheels on a wheelchair,” he said.

People with cognitive disability face loss of justice system support

The letter – whose signatories include people across the social sector, academia and the legal space – notes that the overrepresentation and disadvantage experienced by people with cognitive disability in the criminal justice system has long been recognised.

NDIA releases consultation paper on best practice early intervention autism supports

Ahead of World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, the Agency has today released a consultation paper, ‘Interventions for children on the autism spectrum’. The paper aims to stimulate conversation with participants, families, carers and the wider sector on what should be considered reasonable and necessary supports for children with autism.

Critical mass

Requesting workplace adjustments, flexible working arrangements, or modified equipment in the workplace is a tough gig. It is even more difficult for those who are the only disabled person on their team or in their workplace – that is, almost all disabled people.

Pressure grows on Morrison government to halt new NDIS assessment plan

The strongest rebuke has come from the Victorian government, whose disability minister, Luke Donnellan, said on Thursday the so-called “robo-planning” proposal “attacks the very principles on which the NDIS was built”.

WhatsApp leak: ministers shut out of  NDIS redraft

State and territory disability ministers have been sidelined from plans to strip back the NDIS. The legislation will hand the federal minister ‘God powers’ over the scheme.

Secret documents show department inserted chapter into NDIS review

Emails and draft copies of the 2019 report, written by former senior public servant David Tune, show National Disability Insurance Agency officials inserted an entire chapter into the review of the scheme’s legislation, and made substantial changes to almost every part of the document.

‘Just a draft’ still means it was – or is – in the mix

To be honest, there are many things about this situation that confound me. Not least the fact that exclusion by condition seems to be an additional assault on the core principles of the NDIS. We’re told that functional capacity is the measure of need, not a diagnosis. Yet, in the next breath (or should I say draft) whole diagnoses are in the mix.