Anita Cameron, one of the protesters arrested that day, has a message for people who are shocked by the photos. “Concentrate on why we’re there, and not how we’re being treated” by police, she says. “People look at the disability and they think we are helpless or fragile…and that’s so far from the truth.”
A radical move to privatise government group homes for people with disability is underway in NSW ahead of the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
The $22 billion NDIS went national on July 1. The scheme enjoys rare bipartisan support but questions have been raised over its sustainability and value for money. This debate should end now. This ground breaking reform will provide significant employment benefits, generating up to one in five jobs nationally, and GDP benefits of around $23 billion. Here are four other reasons why this policy is set up for success.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has funded a national project to encourage and support people with disability to volunteer and to attract more community members to volunteer in the disability sector.
The Human Rights Law Centre has told an independent review into Australia’s key complaints body for corporate human rights abuses, the Australian OECD National Contact Point (ANCP), that the organisation was failing and in need of a major overhaul.
More than 50 mental health organisations have pledged to improve the physical health and wellbeing of people living with mental illness, amid claims the life-expectancy of Australians with a mental illness is 14-23 years less than the general population.
The successful appeal makes it clear that non-custodial supervision orders do not depend on the client receiving treatment services from the Department of Health and Human Services or Forensicare.
People with disability are allegedly experiencing hundreds of incidents of violence, including sexual and physical abuse, a year, new figures from the NSW Ombudsman reveal.
Sarah Barton has tried to champion film and television that advances the rights of people with disabilities since the beginning of her career.
The 22-year-old disability advocate set to fill the Greens seat left vacant by Scott Ludlam has vowed to smash stereotypes and represent the interests of the young and disabled in federal parliament.
Jordon Steele-John insists he is ready for the job after ‘careful reflection’ as he prepares to become Australia’s youngest senator.