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Law Reform to Smooth Way for the Disabled

A Laverton woman with a vision impairment says people with a disability should not automatically be barred from jury duty. Annmarie Kelly, who has a seeing eye dog named Ouzo, says she can see only at extremely close range. But she believes that should not prohibit her from being considered as a juror. Her comments … Continued

Inclusion is Good for Business

When dinosaurs still roamed the land and I was appointed to my first senior human resources role in the finance sector, the first question I was asked by a line manager was “How do I get rid of so and so?” Most human resource professionals will tell you this is a common question and it … Continued

Plans on Track for Closure of Bendigo Disability Centre

Residents of Sandhurst Residential Services and their families are playing a key role in shaping their future accommodation needs, with almost 90 per cent of client future accommodation plans being complete or nearing completion, Minister for Disability Services and Reform Mary Wooldridge, said today. The $7.9 million project delivers on the Victorian Coalition Government’s commitment … Continued

NSW Reveals Latest Disability Services Policy

The NSW Government has announced a new policy on disability services that it says will pave the way for 47,000 more people with disabilities to get access to individualised funding. The Ready Together policy will prepare NSW for the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) by July 2018 and “reaffirms” the State’s $2 … Continued

Mal Brough Appointed to Chair NDIS Committee

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has appointed Member for Fisher Mal Brough to Chair the Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Assistant Minister for Social Services Mitch Fifield said the committee will serve as a symbol of unity. “(It will) also provide a forum where questions of design and implementation can be posed … Continued

Juvenile Offenders Being Housed with Disabled Children under State Care: Whistleblower

A former child protection worker in Victoria says juvenile offenders are being put in the same residential care facilities as disabled children who are under state care. The whistleblower, who wants to be known only as Steve, says the situation has had devastating consequences for the state’s most vulnerable children. Steve worked for the child … Continued

Claims of Assaults Occurring Due to Volatile Juvenile Housing Arrangements

MARK COLVIN: The Victorian Government is denying that there’s a problem putting juvenile offenders in care homes with vulnerable wards of the state. A former Department of Human Services whistleblower has told the ABC that he’s intercepted numerous sexual assault attempts, and physical assaults, because the housing mix is volatile. But the Community Services and … Continued

Recommissioned National Disability Insurance Scheme Taskforce

Recognising the important contribution the Victorian NDIS taskforce has made towards the establishment of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, the Victorian Coalition Government today recommissioned the taskforce for a further three years. The contribution of the taskforce has been fundamental in shaping the first stage of the design of the NDIS, launched in Barwon on … Continued

Telstra to Kill CAPTCHA: ACCAN Calls on Others to Follow

ACCAN, Australia’s peak body for communications consumers, congratulates Telstra on its plan to delete discriminatory online CAPTCHA tests from its websites and encourages other providers and businesses to follow suit. Telstra’s decision to delete CAPTCHA tests is included in their 6th Disability Action Plan, launched today on the International Day of People with Disability. It … Continued

10 Reasons to Take Action on Accessibility

Accessibility has been on Westpac’s agenda for many years through its Accessibility Action Plans, which outlines its strategy for supporting people with disability. Creating a culture of inclusion is important for the Westpac Group. And creating a culture of inclusion that allows staff and customers to prosper and grow is a great investment, says Jane Counsel, … Continued

Cobblestones Causing Problems for Disabled in Dandenong’s Revamped Street

Cobblestones in Dandenong’s Lonsdale St strip are giving disabled people muscle spasms, an advocacy group says. The cobblestones in parking areas along the shopping strip is just one of 19 complaints from the Disability Resource Centre which are mainly related to works involved in the $290m Revitalising Central Dandenong project. The makeover of central Dandenong is … Continued

Stella Young, A Stellar Career

Peter Wilmoth talks to comedian, journalist and disability advocate Stella Young. The other day, Stella Young was in a supermarket and fell into a pile of carrots. Now, that’s what most of us would call bloody annoying, but Young calls it material. As a comedian she knew it was gold. “I lost my footing and … Continued

Women with Disabilities at Risk of Violence

MARK COLVIN: Every week in Australia more than one woman dies at the hands of a current or former partner. Today is White Ribbon Day, a national campaign to end violence against women. It’s an important issue for all women, including disabled women who make up 20 per cent of Australia’s female population. Sarah Sedghi … Continued

Outstanding Achievements Recognised at National Disability Awards

Twelve individuals and organisations were tonight recognised for their outstanding work to improve the lives of people with disability at this year’s National Disability Awards. Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator Mitch Fifield, congratulated the winners at a ceremony at Parliament House. “This year’s field was exemplary, with many committed recipients whose work has helped … Continued

New Data Shows Decline in Employment of Australians with Disability

The Australian Bureau of Statistics recently released the 2012 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers, and the findings paint a dispiriting picture that reinforces Australia’s poor track record for employment of people with disability. When compared to data from the previous survey undertaken in 2009, the new data indicates declining rates of employment of people … Continued