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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

Intellectual disability groups believe the NDIS is unfairly geared to the physically disabled’s needs

Advocates of people with intellectual disabilities, who make up more than two-thirds of future users of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, fear they are being disproportionately shut out from its services, writes Julia May. People with intellectual disabilities are being excluded from the development of the National Disability Insurance Scheme despite making up more than … Continued

Group calls for Yooralla board sacking

An advocacy group has called on Victoria’s new premier Daniel Andrews to sack the board of disability service provider Yooralla, claiming misappropriation of taxpayer funds. United Voices for People with Disabilities on Tuesday night distributed an “Open Letter to Premier Andrews” to the media. The letter alleges excessive payments of up to $1.6 million were … Continued

Fierce and funny disability activist, Stella Young, mourned

Hundreds of public tributes are being made for the disability activist, writer, speaker and comedian Stella Young. Stella died suddenly and unexpectedly on the weekend. uration: 3min 35sec

Bipartisan stance sends clear message about abuse of citizens with disability

One of the few bipartisan policies of the Victorian election campaign was to hold a Parliamentary inquiry into abuse of people with disability. When two opposing sides join together to support a cause, it sends a powerful message: we can not tolerate the abuse of people with disability. This bipartisan support was sealed last week … Continued

Major inquiry launched into disability abuse scandal

Victoria’s ombudsman has launched a major inquiry into the bungling of sex abuse allegations involving Yooralla amid new allegations the disability services provider may have also engaged in financial misconduct. The new allegations are being separately probed by the Victorian government and Yooralla and involve claims that senior managers exaggerated the severity of their clients’ … Continued

Disability advocate, journalist and comedian Stella Young has died at the age of 32

Former Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes has been sharing his memories of Stella Young with Glen Bartholomew. Ms Young performed comedy around the country and was a broadcaster on ABC radio and television. She advocated for better access to live music venues for people with disabilities and spoke out against family violence. Duration: 2:23

Parents of man with severe autism shackled in hospital to meet Disability Services Minister

The parents of a man with severe autism who has been regularly shackled to a hospital bed for more than two weeks will meet Disability Services Minister Martin Foley this afternoon. Bronwyn and Allan Pascoe, whose son James has been restrained to a bed on and off at The Northern Hospital since November 21, will … Continued

Concerns housing not adequate in NDIS roll out

As the National Disability Scheme rolls out in trial sites around the country, concerns are growing that housing is one crucial aspect of the scheme that has been overlooked. A symposium on the implementation of the NDIS in Queensland has heard about the lack of accessible and affordable housing available for people with a disability. … Continued