young disabled woman who was unable to speak was reportedly “half dragged and half carried” from a taxi in a “shocking” incident allegedly witnessed by community workers.
Complaints about the national disability insurance scheme have increased again, driven by growing anger at delays within the agency handling the landmark reform.
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The result of this underfunding is major overcrowding. It is lack of accessibility for the diverse and sometimes complex needs of people with disabilities. It is the lack of medical services for people who need medical care. And it is staff who are under-trained, who are expected to control the inmates in overflowing prisons, rather than treating them humanely. Able-bodied and healthy prisoners may be able to cope with prison guards being inconsiderate, abusive, and worse. For people with disabilities, the results can range from humiliating, to dangerous.
With around 760,000 people on the payment, the DSP is one of the largest and most-expensive welfare payments, costing the Commonwealth $16.3 billion a year. But in the past decade, there has been a huge drop in the number of new recipients, down from a peak of 89,000 to less than 32,000 last financial year.
because of delays in NDIS payments. From January 29 to February 4, the NDIS indicated 21,810 payments had been unsuccessful, and 14,086 of those were because the “claim amount was greater than the available service booking”.
Tougher compliance measures have led to a sharp decline in people accessing the Disability Support Pension, with the Department of Human Services revealing almost 75 per cent of claims for the scheme were rejected in 2016-17.
But Mr Jones, 40, a former Paralympian who is legally blind and uses a wheelchair, has become frustrated with competing for space with cyclists in the only area of the train he can access: through the first door of the first carriage.
The disability advocate will be appointed to safeguard the rights of people with disability and ensure South Australians get the support they are entitled to under the NDIS and will be part of the South Australian Equal Opportunity Commission.
“So we’re just trying to improve these organisations to not only help the disabled community get out and spend their money, but also get these organisations ready to employ people with disabilities, which is a real big passion of mine.”
“The fear of not being able to navigate busy, cluttered and visually oriented environments is a major barrier to participation in normal life,” says Meere, 52, “be that going to the shops, going for a walk in the park, going to work, looking for work, or simply socialising.”