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Poor disability support ‘keeping people in hospital’

Hume council is urging the state and federal governments to investigate shortfalls in services for people who suffer a major disability through accident or stroke, amid reports people are waiting up to 18 months to be reimbursed for essential purchases or modifications.

Universal design for the less-able

The term “universal design” has made its way into the industry recently, but what does it really mean and how will it impact on design? Universal design allows everyone, to the greatest extent possible and regardless of age or disability, to use buildings without the need for specialised or adapted features.

Minister causes offence after thanking ‘lucky stars’ his kids are not disabled

Disability advocates have lashed out at the federal government Education Minister Simon Birmingham after he thanked his “lucky stars” his children were not disabled. The minister made the comments in Senate estimate hearings on Wednesday night, where he was grilled about education funding for children with a disability.

Enabling the students with disability in education

While extreme examples of shocking practice make headlines, what gets lost is the daily struggle of schools to offer an inclusive, quality education to students with disability, when their funding needs are not met by governments.

Planned NDIS hourly service rates ‘disastrous’

A major Not for Profit disability provider claims the new National Disability Insurance Scheme’s price guide for service providers will prove disastrous for both the Not for Profits and the people with disability that they are trying to support.

Time for a special Minister for Disability

Disability support and policy is currently undergoing much needed and crucial reform. There is a lot of taxpayer money being spent on seeking to get things right. The National Disability Insurance Scheme is a wide sweeping reform that will try its utmost to significantly improve the lifestyles of people with disability however severe or profound … Continued

Porter flags cuts to disability payments

New Social Services Minister Christian Porter believes Australia is spending too much money and has flagged cuts to carer and disability payments.

Review finds Yooralla has turned a corner

A six-month independent review of the safety and quality of Yooralla’s service provision revealed that there had been “real and significant” change to work practices.

Australians with mental illnesses are dying of neglect

Awareness of mental illness has grown exponentially in Australia, even over the past 12 months. Stigma is on the run, at least for socially acceptable forms of mental illness, but this needs to go beyond depression to include all forms of mental illness and suicide in awareness campaigns.

Congratulations Maryanne

“On behalf of the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations, I would like to congratulate Ms Maryanne Diamond on her appointment as General Manager, Media, Communications and Engagement at the National Disability Insurance Agency,” said Greg Madson, Acting AFDO Chairperson. “It’s a significant step to see a person with disability, who has a grassroots understanding of … Continued

Wheelchair fall highlights Plaza access issues

While approaching Melbourne Pathology from the Werribee Plaza car park, Glenn Clark’s wheelchair tipped over the edge of the narrow footpath. He found himself out of his chair sprawled across the road.

Govt turns a blind eye to TV access for the sight-impaired

“What we ultimately want is legislated change to the broadcasting services act for free-to-air television,” said Maryanne Diamond of Vision Australia. But progress has been difficult, and slow.

Disabled students being left behind

Disabled school students with additional health and development needs are being left out by a support system that is too rigid and narrowly focused, according to a state peak welfare body.