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Nike have designed a shoe specifically for disabled people

Just do it. It seems like such a simple concept to follow, but for many people, that’s just not possible. “It” can’t be done not because of fear or apathy, but because their bodies won’t let them.  

NDIS Board shakeup

Reports surfaced this week that Assistant Social Services Minister, Senator Mitch Fifield, was looking to replace members of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) Board, which oversees the delivery of the NDIS, with people who have worked at ASX50 Companies.  

Disability Commissioner future uncertain

The Abbott Government has refused to reveal its intentions over the future of the Disability Discrimination Commissioner role, more than 12 months after the full time position was abolished.  

Fighting to be first blind federal politician

Most people running for political office are not asked how they will physically do the job. But for Tony Clark, it is one of the most common questions he is confronted with. Clark is hoping to be the first blind person elected to the Federal Parliament. He spoke with Xavier Smerdon.  

NDIS Challenged by Market Size

Even with bipartisan support for the National Disability Insurance Scheme governmental and other challenges remain around market size, writes social change strategist Suhit Anantula.  

Comprehensive review to support students with special needs

The most comprehensive review of the Program for Students with Disabilities in Victoria’s history will investigate how schools can best support students with special needs, including those with autism and dyslexia.  

Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) today unveiled a five point plan to address the employment of people with disability

AFDO today released its response to the Department of Social Services Employment Framework, chiefly recommending a move to a market driven approach based on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and practical measures and reform that support Australian businesses to become disability confident.  

Blind woman sues ABC for discrimination

A blind woman in NSW is suing the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for failing to provide audio description as part of its regular TV programming.

The tyranny of being an existing service provider: a view from inside the NDIS

Many thanks to The Power to Persuade for allowing us to cross post this piece by Jeff Thompson. Jeff Thompson is community development manager at a disability service provider in the ACT. In this post he explains the implications of the NDIS for existing service providers in an environment that favours the “new” over the … Continued

The Voice, and the body: contesting with disability on reality TV

In an attempt to address the lack of academic attention to television accessibility and disability representation I conducted an online survey of Australian television audiences with a disability in 2013. Some 341 people with disability responded to an email invitation sent to disability organisations in Australia, tertiary disability officers, and social media groups. The majority … Continued

SA moves to better protect disabled people in court cases

It’s been four years since an alleged paedophile walked free in South Australia without a trial. The bus driver was accused of abusing intellectually-disabled children, but charges against him were dropped because the children were seen as unreliable witnesses. Now the state is on the verge of significant changes to the justice system that could … Continued