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I’m blind, but I love going to the movies. Here’s how it works

As a person who is vision impaired, hearing is a substitute for eyesight in so many contexts. The assumption is that if you are without sight, your other senses must be sharpened. This is, of course, complete nonsense.

Specialist disability accommodation – Pipeline of supply

People with high or complex disability support needs have traditionally had extremely limited options when it comes to finding somewhere to live. The growing specialist disability accommodation market is beginning to change that.

3 things we can do now to help people with disability prepare for disaster

Disaster planning for people with disability matters. We perpetuate inequality with every step we don’t take, and risk entrenching disadvantage. And if you make things inclusive for people with disability, you tend to make it inclusive for large swathes of groups also at risk in emergencies, including older people, socially disconnected people and others. Many birds, one stone.

We deserve to tell the stories of our unique lived experience

Following community outrage at the decision to portray disability in this way, the studio has offered the standard empty “sorry to those who were offended”. But the damage is done. Movie-going children in their millions, whose world views are being actively shaped, will now associate limb difference with being scary and dangerous. They’ve learned a powerful, early lesson that disability is gross and scary.

What I’ve learned as a disabled person from the Covid-19 pandemic

I have lived over 50 years with my lifelong disabilities. I thought my understanding of disability was fully formed and realistic. But I think that in the long run, what I will remember most vividly from this pandemic is the lessons I am learning about disabled people and their true place in American society.

NDIS – Client Care Plans, the Appeal Process and Time Limits – Part Two

In considering any care plan for a participant careful attention should be given to the relevant categories of supports. In short those support categories include core supports, capacity building and capital supports. Having a good understanding of the funding structure and the way in which these support areas can be utilised is extremely important when preparing plans in order to minimise the risk that it might be reviewed.

NDIS – Defining What is Reasonable and Necessary – Part One

The Tribunal has emphasised that if the NDIA thinks that the information provided to it by an Applicant about their disability is insufficient, then the NDIA is under an obligation to seek further information from them.

Committee launches inquiry into NDIS independent assessments

The Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has announced it will conduct an inquiry into independent assessments under the NDIS. “Through its other inquiries, the committee has heard that many stakeholders—particularly in the Tdisability and allied health sectors—have strong concerns about the independent assessments process, and about how assessments will be used to inform access and planning decisions,” says Committee Chair, the Hon Kevin Andrews.

The right to sex when you live with disability

If you live with disability, sexual intimacy can become less straightforward and, if the barriers are significant enough, you might need some assistance from trained professionals. The NDIS has sought to change its rules to invalidate a Federal Court decision that granted one woman living with MS the ability to use NDIS funding to pay for sex workers. This discussion has thrown a spotlight on the rights and sexual needs of people with disability.

What these two young people want you to know about Tourette syndrome

Managing this neurological condition can be really tiring and difficult. But Zoe and Fergal have their own ways of dealing with it. Zoe wants us to know that having Tourette’s isn’t all funny, while Fergal finds giving it a nickname helpful.

How To Do Something Good In The Disability Community If You’re Not Disabled

The field of disability services and advocacy is changing. One of the most significant shifts over the last few decades has been the rising prominence of actual disabled people within the disability field. While this is a positive development overall, it should prompt non-disabled people interested in serving disabled people to rethink their position and approach.

The National Disability Strategy – December 2020 Update

As a first step to demonstrating all governments commitment to better collaborating and engaging with people with disability, Disability Ministers from across Australia have agreed to work together to establish a new National Disability Strategy Advisory Council. The Advisory Council will be developed in close consultation with people with disability, and commence alongside the new National Disability Strategy in 2021.

NDIS yet to solve disability accommodation shortage for Victorians

For many Victorians with disability, the right to choose where they live and who they live with is so constrained that they are left feeling unsafe and fearful in their own homes, according to a report tabled in the State’s Parliament earlier this month.