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We wouldn’t accept actors blacking up, so why applaud ‘cripping up’?

“If you do a film about the Holocaust, you’re guaranteed an Oscar,” goes the famous Kate Winslet joke in Extras. The same can be said for an actor doing a film about disability. Unless you’re a disabled actor, that is. Then you’re lucky to even get the part. This week, when Eddie Redmayne won a … Continued

Eastern suburbs families among hundreds making complaints about abuse of disabled relatives

Hundreds of instances of alleged physical and sexual abuse of people with disabilities were reported last year, as both authorities and local families say the system needs fixing. Several eastern region families have told Leader harrowing accounts of alleged abuse of their disabled family members, speaking with anger about authorities’ investigation processes which they believe … Continued

Were disability advocacy groups too successful? It may explain their funding cuts

In the final days of 2014, the meagre funding granted to disability advocacy groups was cut. It ended an annus horribilis for the sector When there’s cricket on the radio, the sun is shining, and boats and beaches beckon, it’s easy to forget how tough last year was for Australians with disabilities. The final blow … Continued

Funding cuts closes disability orgs

Peak disability support organisations have been forced to either close their doors or reduce services and retrench staff thanks to Federal Government funding cuts. CEO of the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO), Matthew Wright, said 10 peak organisations run by people with disability will be left with no choice but to either close their … Continued

Narre Warren pair fronts national campaign for better public toilet facilities to cater to disabled

Travelling interstate or even to the beach is anything but a walk in the park for Narre Warren’s Debby Conlon and her son Michael. Ms Conlon’s 17-year-old son, Michael, suffers from spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy and requires an adult-sized change table — and an extra pair of hands — to attend to his needs. “We … Continued

Fears specific disability expertise could be lost after funding cuts

A raft of disability advocacy organisations discovered just before Christmas that they would no longer receive government funding. Many of these organisations were peak bodies specific to a single disability, such as Deaf Australia and Blind Citizens Australia. There are now concerns that specific expertise about particular disabilities will be lost, as staff become retrenched … Continued

Acts of kindness aren’t enough: disabled people need acts of leadership

There’s something about the end of a year that inspires hope for change. As the final hours of 2014 fold themselves away, many of us will find ourselves daydreaming of social possibilities. We may muse on the kind of Australia we want to live in, and wonder what practical steps we can take to get … Continued

Disability advocates warn Government cuts to social services grants could affect NDIS rollout

A leading disability advocacy group is warning the Federal Government’s cuts to a range of social services grants could affect the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The Disability Advocacy Network Australia (DANA) is a national body representing advocacy groups, but its funding of $165,000 per year ends in February. “We can see … Continued

Lobby groups welcome ministerial reshuffle

Lobby groups like People with Disability Australia and the AMA have welcomed the ministerial reshuffle and say they are looking forward to working with the Social Services Minister Scott Morrison and Health Minister Sussan Ley. Both groups say they want the new ministers to consult more and the AMA is hoping Minister Ley will drop … Continued

Stella Young memorial: her legacy lives on

There will always be Stella Young in this world as long as we continue her legacy of calling out injustice and demanding better, writes her friend and Ramp Up colleague Karen Palenzuela. Kids ask a lot of peculiar questions. Stella, on the whole, loved her interactions with them. Many of their questions made great material … Continued

Stella Young, disability advocate, farewelled at Melbourne memorial service

The life of disability advocate Stella Young has been celebrated at a memorial service at Melbourne’s Town Hall. Young died unexpectedly earlier this month at the age of 32. She was the editor of the ABC’s Ramp Up website, an online space for news and discussion about disability in Australia, and a regular panellist on … Continued

Stella Young Memorial

Live from Melbourne, a memorial service for the late Stella Young. The writer, broadcaster and comedienne did much to help Australians understand disability issues.

States rrged to maintain disability funding

Governments in News South Wales and Victoria have been urged to continue funding disability services in their regions in tandem with the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Federal opposition MPs have warned that carers and those with disabilities that don’t fall within the NDIS scope will be left without assistance unless State … Continued

Four lessons the NDIS must heed to avoid a ‘pink batts’ disaster

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is revolutionising the provision of services to Australians with disabilities. The cornerstone of the scheme is its demand-side reforms: people with disabilities… The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is revolutionising the provision of services to Australians with disabilities. The cornerstone of the scheme is its demand-side reforms: people with … Continued