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Disability experience essential to NDIS

“You cannot have an effective NDIS without valuing the experience of the people for which the NDIS is designed,” Australian Federation of Disability Organisations boss Matthew Wright said in a statement on Friday.

Disability sector kept in the dark on NDIS shakeup

According to the ad placed in today’s Australian Financial Review, the Government is looking for Non-Executive Director candidates to govern the National Disability Insurance Agency as the $20 billion NDIS transitions to the “next phase of implementation”.

Why universal design is not just ‘access’

While the history of UD emanates from the disability rights movement of the 1960s in the United States, and the increasing age of the population of most developing countries has been recognised as a key trend in what is seen as an expanding market for UD, the broader benefits cannot be ignored. Items such as … Continued

Human Services’ computers keep disabled out of work

Disability service providers have told Greens Senator Rachel Siewert that after spending time, effort and resources getting people into work and off benefits, the DHS logjam means their clients are marking time while they wait to start their new jobs.

Call for Royal Commission Into disability abuse

A coalition of peak disability organisations is calling for a Royal Commission into violence, abuse and neglect against people with disability in Australia, describing the abuse as a “national epidemic”.

Funding plea for automated home technology for disabled people in WA

It is technology that can literally open doors, allowing lights and appliances to be turned on by raising an eyebrow or clenching a fist. But despite the potential for automated home technology to revolutionise disabled people’s lives, a Perth-based not-for-profit has struggled to get its product to market after government funding dried up.

Govt moves to quash rumours of ‘Razor Gang’ cuts and delays to NDIS roll-out

The Federal Government is insisting it will deliver the National Disability Insurance Scheme in full, despite reports of a mysterious delay in the sign off for New South Wales. The Financial Review newspaper is reporting of a fractious meeting of senior bureaucrats, ahead of the scheme being examined by the by the expenditure review committee.

Senate calls for TV audio for blind people

The Australian Senate has supported a motion which could force television stations to introduce audio description services for blind and vision impaired people. Australian Greens Senator, Rachel Siewert, raised the motion yesterday which called for the implementation of audio description services on free-to-air and subscription television programs by the ABC and all other networks.  

Call for urgent action on abuse of disabled children

Australia’s disability sector has called for “swift” Government action after the Victorian Commissioner for Children and Young People, found that 166 children had allegedly experienced sexual abuse in residential and institutional settings in Victoria.

Poor mental health dragging our economy down

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development estimates that the average overall cost of mental health problems to developed countries is about 4 per cent of GDP. In Australia, this would equate to more than $60 billion a year.

Australia lags behind the evidence on special schools

The accepted international view for many years has been to move away from segregating children with special needs in special schools. However, special education seems to be experiencing somewhat of a renaissance in Australia and a recent piece in The Conversation argued that this might be positive.

BSWAT payment scheme begins today

Through the scheme, employees of Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) who have been paid a pro-rata wage assessed using the BSWAT can apply for a fast and efficient one-off payment.

Inclusive education means all children are included in every way, not just in theory

Recent articles on The Conversation and in The Guardian question whether inclusive education can do more harm than good – but neither article presents examples of inclusion. Rather, they present tragic examples of exclusion that are claimed to be inclusion-not-working.

Pricing and catalogue changes from 1 August 2015

A simpler, easier to use catalogue for funded NDIS supports and services, changes to the 2015-16 indexation for services and the introduction of an establishment fee to be applicable for personal support and community participation services will be introduced by the National Disability Insurance Agency from 1 August 2015. With the application of indexation, the NDIA … Continued