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;
A spokesman for Senator Reynolds said this week she would soon be having comprehensive briefings with her state and territory counterparts, the disability sector and NDIS participants.
“I think it is a rotten idea,” Lambert, 46, says. “The NDIA should bugger off and leave people with disability with enough money to be able to live an ordinary life like everyone else in Australia.”
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.
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.
More than 20 organisations have jointly called on the new NDIS Minister to abandon the introduction of the contentious independent assessments.
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.
During the pandemic, when the world shrank, many of us walked in the bush. For someone who can’t see, it isn’t necessarily something that I can do independently. But over the years, it is something that has become important to me.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is planning to launch an app for NDIS participants in the coming months, with the aim to give users a better experience than is provided via the web portal.
Like many parents, Jonathan Wenig was concerned about his daughter’s career path after she left school last year. Tali, 20, who has autism, faced more than the usual challenges in finding a job that would suit her.
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.