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Bureaucratic NDIS ‘letting disabled down’

The National Disability Insurance Scheme is bogged down in bureaucracy and consistencies, and is “the same old system”, according to a warning letter to its managers. Samantha Jenkinson, a campaigner for the NDIS through the group Every Australian Counts, spent months collecting examples from hundreds of Australians who had been let down by the scheme. … Continued

Jetstar Business Model Leaves Jim Conway Stuck in Wheelchair

“If you are in a wheelchair and can’t lift yourself out, don’t attempt to fly with Jetstar.” That is the message renowned Australian musician Jim Conway has for disabled people who cannot independently lift themselves out of a wheelchair and into a plane seat. Mr Conway and his wife Helen Martin were left feeling “frustrated” … Continued

Human Rights Commission to Spread Extra Load after Disability Commissioner’s Departure

There will be a group effort at the Human Rights Commission to compensate for the loss of its disability commissioner, with the remaining commissioners all taking on disability work when Graeme Innes leaves next month. The federal government cut the commission’s funding by $1.7 million in the budget, reducing the number of commissioners from seven … Continued

A Message from the Ramp Up Team

Ramp Up will cease publication on 30 June 2014, but will remain online as a body of work. After much speculation about the future of Ramp Up since the Federal Budget announcement, we have some news to share. As many of you are aware, in 2010 the ABC received funding to establish an online destination … Continued

Mutation of Genes Linked to Disabilities

Most severe intellectual disabilities are not pre-­programmed in parents’ genes, but are instead caused by ad-hoc mutations arising before ­conception. Dutch scientists say they have convincing proof that “de novo” mutations are the major cause of the disabilities, which ­afflict one in 200 newborn children. The finding, reported today in the journal Nature, is good … Continued

What’s normal anyway?

We like to be different, but not too different, to fit in yet still be individual. It’s a tension that gets played out in various ways. By parents who want their children to have a “normal” life, to find friends and not be teased. Yet parents can also take great pride in their children being … Continued

Simple Pleasures Beyond Reach of Disabled Seniors

OLDER Australians who have a disability and require care have less choice in how they spend household budgets, with more money going on necessities and less on recreation and “simple pleasures”, new modelling shows. Data from the Australian ­Bureau of Statistics reveals couple households caring for an older disabled person spentmore than $100 a person … Continued

Disability Employment Services Out for Tender

The Federal Government is opening up the tender process for the first time to full competition for the delivery of the Disability Employment Services – Disability Management Services (DES-DMS). DES-DMS provide specialist help for people with disability, illness or injury to find and keep a job. The Government, which has released an Industry Information Paper … Continued

Opinion: Searching for the Detail and Evidence Amidst the Pain

I can’t imagine what it took for Korey Gunnis – sufferer of rheumatoid arthritis, cerebral palsy, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, chronic asthma, hearing loss, anxiety disorder and clinical depression – to ask the Treasurer Joe Hockey this question on national TV. But it went to the heart of the 2014-15 Budget. How was he supposed to cope … Continued

Call for Disability Quotas

A Bendigo disability service has called on the federal government to introduce workforce quotas for people with a disability. Radius chief executive Cath McDonald said statistics showed that 15 to 20 per cent of Australians had a disability and the make-up of each workplace should reflect these figures. “One of the better models that is around … Continued

Bill Shorten Urges Tony Abbott to Reinstate Disability Discrimination Commissioner

Five members of the Australian Human Rights Commission have lashed the government for ripping $1.7 million out of the organisation and defunding the disability discrimination commissioner role. The commissioners’ show of unity came as Opposition Leader Bill Shorten personally intervened in the matter on Tuesday by writing to Prime Minister Tony Abbott urging him to … Continued

Disability Pensioners Pan Tabloid Tactic

There’s been a furious response from disabled Australians today to media reports suggesting that the disability support pension is being rorted by an army of slackers. Te front page of Sydney’s Daily Telegraph newspaper depicts New South Wales residents in a queue at Centrelink next to an image of Australia’s war wounded veterans and says … Continued

Revolution in Human Service Delivery Expands across Victoria

Services Connect to be rolled out in four new areas New approach supporting hundreds of vulnerable families and individuals Victorian Coalition Government building a better human services system A new approach to supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged Victorians will expand to four new areas as part of the Victorian Coalition Government’s new Services Connect initiative. Minister … Continued

Disability in Budget 2014

Although NDIS funding has remained intact, the 2014 Federal Budget brings big changes for people with disabilities across a range of areas. The 2014 Federal Budget brings big changes for people with disabilities across a range of areas, from health to housing to welfare, but funding for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is secure. … Continued

Budget Causes Unnecessary, Long-term Welfare Pain

“This is a budget that is very harsh on people living on low incomes including people with disabilities, the jobless and young people. Structural changes in the budget will cause financial harm to people on low incomes for years to come. By contrast, people on high incomes face some temporary and short-lived pain”, said Maree … Continued