“Growth in ISP funding finally addresses the chronic shortage of services for people with disability and their families in this state. The Budget also contributes to the rollout and development of the most important social reform of our time, the NDIS. This is very welcome news for Victorians with disability and demonstrates the Victorian Government’s … Continued
Online car booking service Uber Australia has launched a new service that can accommodate passengers with folding wheelchairs, walkers and collapsible scooters, following consultation with the Not for Profit sector.
Disabled parking space breaches by other drivers should attract demerit points, MLC Kelly Vincent says
Drivers who use disabled parking spaces illegally should lose demerit points as well as face a fine, South Australia’s Dignity for Disability Party says.
A new Guide Dogs Victoria survey found two-thirds of guide dog handlers faced discrimination in the past year, including at shopping centres and cafes. Legally, the only place guide dogs are not allowed is in operating theatres and at zoos.
The NDIS advocacy Not for Profit, Every Australian Counts, has launched a report warning of a massive disability housing shortfall within the next five years.
New data shows that in the whole of Melbourne there is only one suburb where a woman on an average weekly wage can rent a two-bedroom home and not be in housing stress (when you spend more than 30 per cent of your income on housing)
A disability worker has admitted a 13-year history of sexual abuse against some of the state’s most vulnerable people in a case that has shocked authorities.
The 2015 Rental Affordability Snapshot, released today by Anglicare Australia confirms that the doors to affordable, accessible housing are closed for people with disability. According to the Snapshot, less than two per-cent of Australian rental properties are affordable for people with disability and in metropolitan areas the situation is even worse, with just 51 of … Continued
“PEOPLE like to generalise, and they like to put people with disabilities in a box,” says Thomas Banks. “And that’s really limiting, because I’ve never fitted in the box.” Larger than life and honest to a fault, Banks — who was born with cerebral palsy — is a familiar and ever-smiling face in Geelong, having carved a niche for himself as a passionate advocate for the region’s disabled and gay communities.
In response to the Government’s application for both an interim and temporary exemption for the Business Services Wage Assessment Tool (BSWAT) from elements of the Disability Discrimination Act, the Australian Human Rights Commission has today granted an interim exemption for Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) using the tool.
Mutually beneficial partnerships between people with disabilities and support workers can play a fundamental role in the positive nurturing of life chances for people with disabilities.
Adding the audio description tool is a good move but more could be done for disabled TV watchers, say policy advocates.
As I leave the disabled bathroom behind, a mother glares at me. “You shouldn’t be using that,” she says. “That’s for disabled people only.” When this happens, as it regularly does, I always feel torn. On the one hand, I’m grateful that someone has thought about the disabled members of our community. They are trying … Continued
People with disabilities are suffering due to a “dire shortage” of housing options, according to National Disability Services Victoria manager James O’Brien. “We have an urgent need for government action to ensure there are adequate options,” he said.
Fed up with a lack of support from state and federal governments, a group of Bendigo parents and carers of adults with disabilities has taken matters into their own hands and decided to build an independent care facility. The group, called Quality Living Options, is made up of about 50 Bendigo families.