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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

Income Boost for Pensioners as Deeming Rates Lowered

More than 740,000 Australian pensioners will benefit from the lowering of the social security deeming rates from 4 November 2013. The Minister for Social Services, Kevin Andrews, said the deeming rate will decrease to 2 per cent from 2.5 per cent for financial investments up to $46,600 for single pensioners and allowees, $77,400 for pensioner … Continued

New Disability Accommodation Charge to Provide Simplicity, More Transparency, Greater Certainty

A new board and lodging fee for government-managed disability accommodation will be simpler, more transparent and provide greater certainty for residents. Minister for Disability Services and Reform Mary Wooldridge said that following broad consultation, a new Board and Lodging fee will be implemented in early 2014 for 2,100 residents in government-run accommodation. The new fee bundles all existing charges into … Continued

Wise Choices for a Disabled Child’s Future

My spouse and I are both 52 years old. He earns about $53,000 net a year, I earn about $40,000 net. We have a mortgage of $152,000 on a house worth $1.2 million. We are paying extra off the house, $800 a fortnight, to hopefully pay it off by age 56. I have $166,000 in … Continued

DisabilityCare to be Sent to Private Providers to Implement

The NSW government plans to transfer all its disability services to the private sector from next year in preparation for the introduction of the national scheme, DisabilityCare, in 2018. Public service workers are concerned the transfer will mean a cut in their pay and conditions. The transfer is expected to include the redevelopment of group … Continued

How a Forty-year-old Proposal Became a Movement for Change

Amid the often-protracted policy debates of the Rudd and Gillard years, DisabilityCare is widely seen as Labor’s most popular and effectively managed reform. The story begins during the Whitlam years, writes Mike Steketee, and takes in a highly effective community campaign. Julia Gillard rarely let her emotions show, although she probably had more reasons than … Continued

Disability in an Alternate Universe

Even in science fiction and fantasy, ‘real world’ characterisations of disability are still stereotyped, where they exist at all. As a fan of science fiction and fantasy – genres which most often ask ‘what if?’ in more playful and profound ways – Leah Hobson asks, where are the ‘good’ disability stories? Our humanity is something … Continued

Disabled Women Twice as Likely to Face Violence

Australian females with a disability are twice as likely to experience violence than other women. In many cases powerless to do anything to protect themselves, their experiences of violence will last over a longer period of time and will result in more severe injuries. The issue will be discussed at a national symposium at the … Continued

Assaults on Disabled Under-reported, Unpunished

Many disabled Victorians are being repeatedly assaulted and exploited because authorities do not have the appropriate power or expertise to investigate their cases, experts warn. State watchdogs say countless numbers of vulnerable people are facing even greater risk because current gaps in the system are preventing alleged crimes from being properly examined. In one recent … Continued

Vale Lesley Hall 27 Nov 1954 – 19 Oct 2013

It is with great sorrow and grief that I write to inform you that my sister Lesley Hall passed away this afternoon in the Austin Hospital, Heidelberg here in Melbourne following a suspected heart attack very late Thursday night 17 October 2013. Lesley was a feminist and disability advocate with a life-long disability and has … Continued

Labor Abandons NDIS Bipartisanship

Jenny Macklin today confirmed that Labor had abandoned a bipartisan approach to the NDIS. In a statement issued today Jenny Macklin stated that the Federal Coalition Government was not committed to the full roll out of the NDIS. This is a lie. The Coalition will honour the agreements between the Commonwealth and the States and … Continued

Abraham Nemeth, Creator of a Braille Code for Math, Is Dead at 94

Abraham Nemeth, whose frustrations in pursuing an academic career in math prompted him to develop the Nemeth Code, a form of Braille that greatly improved the ability of visually impaired people to study complex mathematics, died on Wednesday at his home in Southfield, Mich. He was 94. The cause was congestive heart failure, his niece Dianne … Continued

Opinion: Depression, Disability and ‘Safe’ Euthanasia

Despite the complexity and sensitivity of the issues involved, issues of mental illness and disability need to be given careful thought in considering whether to legalise euthanasia and assisted suicide in Tasmania. In the few jurisdictions where it is legal, there is evidence that people with mental illnesses and disabilities have been euthanased or assisted … Continued

McKim Believes Vote on Voluntary Euthanasia Bill will be Tight

Greens leader Nick McKim expects just one or two votes will decide whether Tasmania’s voluntary euthanasia legislation passes its first parliamentary hurdle this week. Debate on the legislation, co-sponsored by Mr McKim and Premier Lara Giddings, will start tomorrow. “Given that leaders have said it will be a conscience vote I expect the debate to … Continued

UN Survey Shows Needs of Persons with Disabilities Largely Ignored During Disasters

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and partners, consulted nearly 6,000 persons with disabilities in 126 countries on how they cope and prepare for disasters through an online survey. The results show that people living with disabilities across the world are rarely consulted about their needs in times of disasters. Also highlighted is the … Continued