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Forget your wheelchair?: What no one with disability should ever be asked

Justine Van Den Borne and her teenage daughter spotted the note on their windscreen as they were driving away from a shopping centre, after a pleasant morning together. “Did you forget your wheelchair???” it said (and was placed directly above her disability parking permit on the dashboard).

Why Aboriginal people with disabilities crowd Australia’s prisons

Aboriginal people with mental and cognitive disability are “managed” by police, courts and prisons due to a lack of appropriate community-based services, according to new research from University of NSW first published in The Conversation.

Don’t see the syndrome, see the person

When my son was two, he snagged the attention of a dishevelled and glowering man at the shops. “What’s wrong with him?” he grunted. “Nothing. He’s perfect,” I snapped. “Well,” he allowed, “at least he’s got all his own teeth.”

Melbourne Cup 2015: Stevie Payne making strapping cool again

Being a strapper has never been so cool. Stevie, who has Down syndrome, led his sister onto the stage for Saturday night’s barrier draw, onto the track on Prince Of Penzance and then led her back into the winner’s stall and Australian racing folklore. Has there been a more inspiring moment on a racetrack anywhere?

End of school nears: where to now for students with disabilities and learning disorders?

Support groups estimate about 20 per cent of Australian children have some form of learning difficulty or disability which affects their progress through the education system – and their life beyond school. These include autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disabilities, and reading disorders, such as dyslexia.

Low funding rate threatens success of NDIS

Disability support groups say the low funding rate for providing care threaten the success of the NDIS, claiming the $41 hourly rate on offer will barely cover costs and result in fewer services and less qualified workers.

CEO’s lessons from the NDIS: scaling individualised services

The seven National Disability Insurance Scheme trial sites have confirmed the accuracy of the Productivity Commission’s financial modelling and are also teaching the public servants running the scheme valuable lessons about how to perform a market stewardship role.

National Disability Insurance Scheme: Bendigo hosts forum to help prepare for NDIS rollout

Disability Minister Martin Foley, the Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards, and the National Disability Insurance Authority, will host the community session to prepare people with disabilities and their carers to make informed choices. The NDIS will be delivered to the Loddon region in 2017 and the Gannawarra Shire two years later.

Fewer people on disability support pension

Thousands of people are no longer receiving the disability support pension. Under tighter new rules forcing claimants to undertake some form of work, the number of people receiving the $788 fortnightly payment dropped by about 16,000 last financial year.

Aboriginal people with disabilities get caught in a spiral of over-policing

Police have become the default frontline response to Aboriginal people with mental and cognitive disabilities. In the absence of culturally responsive and therapeutic community-based support, regular police contact from a young age sets this group up for a lifetime of “management” by the criminal justice system.

Human rights obligations for the private sector

The international human rights regime was originally designed to protect individuals against the exercise of power by states. Yet, with global developments like the privatisation of government and the internationalisation of supply chains, the rights of individuals are increasingly at risk from an altogether different actor – the private company.