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The Tribunal Case That (Should Have) Stopped the Nation

The job of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) is to smooth out points of complexity and disagreement in the NDIS. But sometimes you get the impression they probably weren’t expecting the level of mind-bogglingly complexity and vehement disagreement that they have been forced to encounter. PM v the NDIA is one of those cases.

Call Me Harrison

Closing date: December 12, 2018

Airs Monday November 12 on ABCTV and iview
When former Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer and his wife Judy learned that their young son was autistic, they were told he would probably never have a job or live independently.

Disabled children face barriers each day

While they do not need separate or special education, they require a more flexible education system, adviser for basic education, child rights and social inclusion Els Heijnen said.

Wimmera’s health and social services have warned that regional Victorians are falling through the gaps

Under the current reforms, designed to enhance sector efficiency, some of the most vulnerable clients are falling through the cracks, including those with disabilities, said Grampians Disability Advocacy’s Deb Verdon.
“At every turn a person with a disability is asked to provide medical evidence about their situation, be it by Centrelink or the NDIS,” she said. “Reports from GPs are no longer good enough. Support agencies demand a report from a specialist, but where are the specialists to be found?”

NDIS Independent Assessment Pilot

The NDIA will be piloting the use of independent health professionals who will use standardised tools that help determine the functional impact a person’s disability has on their capacity to engage in the community, work place, and social activities.

Shaping job interviews to build diversity may be a game changer

Building a lego robot is not a usual prerequisite for a career in IT. But for Peter Middleton, a job interview specifically designed to showcase the unique skills and abilities of people with autism has landed him a dream job with the Australian Tax Office.

Disability advocates call for NDIS funding certainty

Disability groups are demanding assurances that National Disability Insurance Scheme funding is secure and fully covered into the future, after it emerged $3.9 billion originally promised to the scheme will be redirected to fund drought relief.