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End of school nears: where to now for students with disabilities and learning disorders?

Support groups estimate about 20 per cent of Australian children have some form of learning difficulty or disability which affects their progress through the education system – and their life beyond school. These include autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disabilities, and reading disorders, such as dyslexia.

Low funding rate threatens success of NDIS

Disability support groups say the low funding rate for providing care threaten the success of the NDIS, claiming the $41 hourly rate on offer will barely cover costs and result in fewer services and less qualified workers.

CEO’s lessons from the NDIS: scaling individualised services

The seven National Disability Insurance Scheme trial sites have confirmed the accuracy of the Productivity Commission’s financial modelling and are also teaching the public servants running the scheme valuable lessons about how to perform a market stewardship role.

National Disability Insurance Scheme: Bendigo hosts forum to help prepare for NDIS rollout

Disability Minister Martin Foley, the Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards, and the National Disability Insurance Authority, will host the community session to prepare people with disabilities and their carers to make informed choices. The NDIS will be delivered to the Loddon region in 2017 and the Gannawarra Shire two years later.

Fewer people on disability support pension

Thousands of people are no longer receiving the disability support pension. Under tighter new rules forcing claimants to undertake some form of work, the number of people receiving the $788 fortnightly payment dropped by about 16,000 last financial year.

Aboriginal people with disabilities get caught in a spiral of over-policing

Police have become the default frontline response to Aboriginal people with mental and cognitive disabilities. In the absence of culturally responsive and therapeutic community-based support, regular police contact from a young age sets this group up for a lifetime of “management” by the criminal justice system.

Human rights obligations for the private sector

The international human rights regime was originally designed to protect individuals against the exercise of power by states. Yet, with global developments like the privatisation of government and the internationalisation of supply chains, the rights of individuals are increasingly at risk from an altogether different actor – the private company.

Poor disability support ‘keeping people in hospital’

Hume council is urging the state and federal governments to investigate shortfalls in services for people who suffer a major disability through accident or stroke, amid reports people are waiting up to 18 months to be reimbursed for essential purchases or modifications.

Universal design for the less-able

The term “universal design” has made its way into the industry recently, but what does it really mean and how will it impact on design? Universal design allows everyone, to the greatest extent possible and regardless of age or disability, to use buildings without the need for specialised or adapted features.

Minister causes offence after thanking ‘lucky stars’ his kids are not disabled

Disability advocates have lashed out at the federal government Education Minister Simon Birmingham after he thanked his “lucky stars” his children were not disabled. The minister made the comments in Senate estimate hearings on Wednesday night, where he was grilled about education funding for children with a disability.

Enabling the students with disability in education

While extreme examples of shocking practice make headlines, what gets lost is the daily struggle of schools to offer an inclusive, quality education to students with disability, when their funding needs are not met by governments.

Planned NDIS hourly service rates ‘disastrous’

A major Not for Profit disability provider claims the new National Disability Insurance Scheme’s price guide for service providers will prove disastrous for both the Not for Profits and the people with disability that they are trying to support.

Time for a special Minister for Disability

Disability support and policy is currently undergoing much needed and crucial reform. There is a lot of taxpayer money being spent on seeking to get things right. The National Disability Insurance Scheme is a wide sweeping reform that will try its utmost to significantly improve the lifestyles of people with disability however severe or profound … Continued