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Abbott Government Silences Deaf Advocacy

Deaf Australia and other leading disability peak organisations have condemned Assistant Minister for Social Services, Minister Fifield’s Friday media release, entitled ‘New voice for all Australians with Disability’, announcing the Federal Government’s decision to replace effective disability-led advocacy services with five new organisations that focus on demographic data, such as women, children and ethnic background. … Continued

RecruitAbility? Just give us a job!

The Australian Public Service has launched a new scheme, RecruitAbility in an effort to raise the woefully low number of people with a disability they employ. The scheme works by fast tracking applicants who self nominate as having a disability in the recruitment process so that they are guaranteed an interview if they meet the … Continued

Senate to hold inquiry into abuse of disabled people following Yooralla case

The Senate will hold a nation-wide inquiry into the abuse of disabled people in institutions and homes in Australia, following a Fairfax Media/ABC investigation. The Greens moved a motion in the Senate on Wednesday afternoon, which passed with Labor’s support without requiring a formal vote. Last year, Juliette Anderson, who suffered abuse at the hands … Continued

Disability groups split on new aAlliance’

Not all peak disability bodies and advocates are happy with the Federal Government’s move to establish a combined disability alliance to provide Government advice, with those opposed to the move describing it as divisive and misleading. As many as 10 leading disability peak organisations, including the Australian Foundation of Disability Organisations, have condemned Assistant Minister … Continued

Former commissioner says disability cuts breach UN convention

The Federal Government’s cuts to the disability sector are a “catastrophic” blow and breach the United Nations convention on the rights of disabled people, advocacy groups and one of the architects of the convention says. The Department of Social Services announced yesterday it would fund an alliance of six groups representing disabled people by demographic … Continued

New voice for all Australians with disability

A new Alliance representing the interests and views of all people with disability will provide advice to the Australian Government on improving social and economic participation, and breaking down barriers. The National Cross-Disability Alliance will provide the Government with practical advice to help improve policies and legislation impacting people with disability across Australia. It will … Continued

When will disability slurs become taboo?

Over the last half century, our society has become very sensitive to the power of words and we refrain from using slurs against any group, regardless of sex, age, color or other defining characteristics. This has not always been the case when referring to the largest minority among us: people with disabilities. There have been … Continued

10,000 workers with disabilities paid below minimum wage: when will they get justice?

A bill to stymie a class action lawsuit by workers with intellectual disabilities failed in 2014. The Australian government intends to revive it – but why? In October 2014, David Freud, the British welfare minister, gave a speech in which he argued that some workers with intellectual disabilities should not be paid the UK minimum … Continued

Kensington mental health worker awarded top Australia Day honour

Betty Kitchener has poured years of work into demystifying myths and misconceptions about mental health issues. Ms Kitchener’s creation of the world-first mental health first aid course has earned the Kensington resident an Australia Day honour by being named a Member of the Order of Australia (AM). “It really gets people to understand what is … Continued

Govts urged to give intellectually disabled people more say in decision-making in 2015

Samantha Donovan reported this story on Friday, January 16, 2015 08:16:00 The federal and state governments are being urged to give people with intellectual disabilities more say in the design of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Advocates for the disabled say their call is supported by recent recommendations from the Australian Law Reform Commission.

The problem with ABC’s new disability series, ‘Attitudes’

“Attitude is everything.” Or so claims Attitude, a new series currently screening on the ABC. It’s a nice idea. Unfortunately, it’s patently false. When it comes to disability, attitude is not everything. To quote the late and great Stella Young, “No amount of smiling at a flight of stairs has ever made it turn into … Continued

Why we need an inquiry into violence against people with disabilities

  The ABC Four Corners program “In Our Care” has generated significant media and community response. Women with Disabilities Victoria takes the following position regarding violence against women with disabilities in disability services. Women with disabilities are strong Much of the conversation about abuse of women with disabilities has centred on our vulnerability.  This so … Continued

Order of Australia Medal for Lesley Hall, past CEO of AFDO

The Board and staff of the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) warmly welcome the recognition of Lesley Hall’s work with the award of a posthumous Order of Australia Medal today. “Lesley was a strong advocate with a life-long disability who worked to empower people on low incomes, indigenous Australians and people with disabilities in … Continued

We wouldn’t accept actors blacking up, so why applaud ‘cripping up’?

“If you do a film about the Holocaust, you’re guaranteed an Oscar,” goes the famous Kate Winslet joke in Extras. The same can be said for an actor doing a film about disability. Unless you’re a disabled actor, that is. Then you’re lucky to even get the part. This week, when Eddie Redmayne won a … Continued