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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

Recruiters Must have Working Solution to Deal with Disability

Forty-five per cent of the two million Australians living with a disability, live in or near poverty, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. This is partly because most of us spend much of the small income we receive on services and supports. The new national disability insurance scheme will address this over … Continued

Coalition Supports Over 100 Disability Self-help Groups

More than 100 disability self-help groups across Victoria have received a welcome financial boost from the Victorian Coalition Government, Minister for Disability Services and Reform Mary Wooldridge said today. The Victorian Government Disability Self Help Grants program provides one-off payments of up to $5,000 to help run disability self-help groups. “These grants are especially important, … Continued

Fragmented Disability Sector Needs Change

The current arrangements for Australia’s peak bodies on disability are fragmented and confused and in need of an urgent rethink as the National Insurance Disability Scheme becomes a reality, according to one of the country’s main disability rights organisations. Not for Profit rights and advocacy organisation People With Disability Australia, which led the campaign for … Continued

Back to the NDIS Future

DisabilityCare Australia has now officially reverted back to the original name of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) under the new Coalition Government – a move welcomed by the Not for Profit sector. “Going forward, the Agency will be known as the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA),” the CEO of the National Disability Insurance Agency David … Continued

Disneyland Cracks Down on ‘Disabled’ Queue Jumpers

Disneyland has changed its rules about how disabled visitors can bypass queues, after growing abuse of the system by so-called ‘disabled tour guides’ who were profiting from disability access cards. People with disabilities will no longer go straight to the front of queues at Disneyland and Walt Disney World after growing abuse of the system. … Continued

Equal but Different

With the launch of the new national insurance scheme, DisabilityCare, disability is for once high on the public agenda. Many Australians now agree that the previous system failed those in need and they thus support this long-overdue reform. What is more, there is finally real money on the table, money that can help address the … Continued