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10 Reasons to Take Action on Accessibility

Accessibility has been on Westpac’s agenda for many years through its Accessibility Action Plans, which outlines its strategy for supporting people with disability. Creating a culture of inclusion is important for the Westpac Group. And creating a culture of inclusion that allows staff and customers to prosper and grow is a great investment, says Jane Counsel, … Continued

Cobblestones Causing Problems for Disabled in Dandenong’s Revamped Street

Cobblestones in Dandenong’s Lonsdale St strip are giving disabled people muscle spasms, an advocacy group says. The cobblestones in parking areas along the shopping strip is just one of 19 complaints from the Disability Resource Centre which are mainly related to works involved in the $290m Revitalising Central Dandenong project. The makeover of central Dandenong is … Continued

Stella Young, A Stellar Career

Peter Wilmoth talks to comedian, journalist and disability advocate Stella Young. The other day, Stella Young was in a supermarket and fell into a pile of carrots. Now, that’s what most of us would call bloody annoying, but Young calls it material. As a comedian she knew it was gold. “I lost my footing and … Continued

Women with Disabilities at Risk of Violence

MARK COLVIN: Every week in Australia more than one woman dies at the hands of a current or former partner. Today is White Ribbon Day, a national campaign to end violence against women. It’s an important issue for all women, including disabled women who make up 20 per cent of Australia’s female population. Sarah Sedghi … Continued

Outstanding Achievements Recognised at National Disability Awards

Twelve individuals and organisations were tonight recognised for their outstanding work to improve the lives of people with disability at this year’s National Disability Awards. Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator Mitch Fifield, congratulated the winners at a ceremony at Parliament House. “This year’s field was exemplary, with many committed recipients whose work has helped … Continued

New Data Shows Decline in Employment of Australians with Disability

The Australian Bureau of Statistics recently released the 2012 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers, and the findings paint a dispiriting picture that reinforces Australia’s poor track record for employment of people with disability. When compared to data from the previous survey undertaken in 2009, the new data indicates declining rates of employment of people … Continued

National Disability Insurance Scheme could Cost Billions More than Expected

The National Disability Insurance Scheme could cost billions more than expected, after the cost of the first support plans blew out by almost a third. The minister responsible for the scheme, Mitch Fifield, told the National Press Club on Wednesday that the average cost of care and support plans completed in the first three months … Continued

National Press club Address: Senator Mitch Fifield

In the lead-up to International Day of People with Disability on Dec 3, Assistant Minister for Social Services Senator Mitch Fifield addresses the Press Club on the topic ‘A Better Deal for Australians With Disability’. Note: Video link provides Auslan interpreter Transcript: Introduction Firstly can I thank the National Press Club for the leadership it … Continued

Disability Pension ‘Targeted for Budget Savings’ in Welfare Reform

The welfare lobby is gearing up for a huge fight on the government’s proposed welfare crackdown, indicating that any slashing of the number of disability support pension recipients would be strongly resisted. Cassandra Goldie, chief executive of Australian Council of Social Service, said she was concerned the government was targeting people on the disability support … Continued

Once Bitten…

VALID Inc. and Villamanta Disability Rights Legal Service call upon the Victorian State Government to defer passage of the Disability Amendment Bill 2013. Consideration of the Bill, which aims to introduce a Board and Lodging fees structure for the 2,100 residents of State-managed group homes for people with disability, should be postponed in order to … Continued

Disability Advocate Wins Changemaker Honour

Disability advocate Jordan O’Reilly, from Brookvale NSW, has been named Foundation for Young Australian’s Changemaker of the Year for his work tackling the social isolation faced by young Australians with severe disabilities. O’Reilly, 25, was presented with the title at the FYA’s Unleashed Awards which recognised 13 to 28-year-olds who are shaping positive social change … Continued

Labour must Follow its Radical Disabilities Report with Action

Making Rights a Reality offers solutions to counter the erosion of support under the coalition – MPs have a duty to fight for change Sickness and disability campaigners know all too well what the coalition are doing, and it fills them with dread. Even if we ignore the lives, hopes and dreams behind the figures, … Continued

Tireless Advocate of Rights for the Disabled and Champion of the Arts

In 1981, Lesley Hall and some mates stormed the Miss Australia Quest. They actually strategically bought tickets, but to imagine them storming through the doors of the St Kilda Town Hall is too delicious. But Lesley definitely stormed the stage. She stands right in the thick of the ceremony, flanked by madly grinning beauty contestants … Continued

Decline in Disability Alternatives has Parents at Breaking Point

Parents of children with profound disabilities are being compelled to do a ”DOCS dump” due to a lack of support, a new report says. The report by Anglicare Sydney recommends state funding for a shared care residential school model in which children would be in care during the week and with their families on the … Continued

Work Struggle for Those with Disabilities & Diabetes

Almost half of Australians who have a disability and diabetes say they are permanently unable to work, according to a report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. The report, Diabetes and disability: impairments, activity limitations, participation restrictions and comorbidities, also shows that people with diabetes are twice as likely to have a … Continued