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Young and Disabled a Double Whammy

Ben Thompson spent his early 20s in a nursing home after an assault outside his home in Cranbourne left him with a brain injury, meaning he required constant care. His sister Hannah said the nursing home staff were ”fantastic” but it was hard for Ben to engage with the residents, most of whom were 60 … Continued

Legal Aid Cut for Disabled Children in Compo Cases

Children, disabled people and the mentally ill will be denied access to free legal advice on compensation matters under a range of cuts to Legal Aid NSW. The service is $200,000 in deficit and has been forced to find savings to meet an even tighter budget for the new financial year, but ruled out tightening … Continued

Disabled Maybe, but Fully Fit to Work

I recently made some widely reported comments about helping more disabled people – particularly disability support pensioners – into jobs. In response, I received two death threats and about 50 emails, phone calls and letters, many from people who wished me in fairly graphic terms – how do I say this politely? – to refrain … Continued

Suitable Care Needed for Disabled Young

Jock Watson spent most of his 20s in a nursing home after a car accident left him with an acquired brain injury, meaning he needed constant care. While fellow residents tried to engage the young man in their bingo games and sing-a-longs, it was an isolating experience. ”He spent much of his time in his … Continued

Brighter Light for Disability

It began with a mother’s plea and had many champions. Australia’s groundbreaking disability insurance scheme starts today.missions One day in 2006, Bruce Bonyhady went to visit a kindergarten in the Melbourne suburb of Endeavour Hills. Bonyhady, then chairman of Yooralla, was confronted by a woman demanding to know why she couldn’t get the support she … Continued

Historic Treaty Adopted, Boosts Access to Books for Persons with Vision Disabilities Worldwide

International negotiators meeting under the auspices of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) adopted on June 27 a landmark new treaty that boosts access to books for the benefit of hundreds of millions of people who are blind, visually impaired and print-disabled. The treaty, approved after more than a week of intense debate among negotiators … Continued

Cost of New Wheelchair-friendly Taxi Licences for Outer Melbourne to Increase by $5000 in New Law Changes

The cost of new wheelchair-friendly taxi licences for outer Melbourne will increase by $5000 in law changes designed to appease rogue independent MP Geoff Shaw and some Coalition backbenchers. Legislation that passed State Parliament’s Lower House had a $17,000 licence price tag for a new conventional cab that services suburbs such as Frankston and Dandenong, … Continued

Autistic Boy’s Carer had no Experience with Children

The carer who looked after a severely autistic boy who drowned on a day trip was unaware of his client’s disabilities and never received any relevant training from the agency that hired him, an inquest has heard. Vipula Rajakaruna Mudiyanselage was caring for Felix Hua in his then role as a community support worker with … Continued

DisabilityCare Launches in Newcastle

DisabiltyCare launches today in four sites around the country. Each site will operate slightly differently as the Federal Government tests the model ahead of a national rollout. There’s a lot of support for the disabilty insurance scheme in the Hunter but in recent weeks, there’s also been a fair bit of anxiety. In Newcastle, a … Continued

Jenny Macklin Talks DisabilityCare and Leadership Change

Ms Macklin, the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, will retain her portfolio in today’s ministerial reshuffle. She told RN Breakfast that she respected the decision of her caucus colleagues in last week’s leadership ballot, but wouldn’t be drawn on question of how the new cabinet will work with the reinstalled Prime Minister.

WIPO Negotiations Treaty for Blind People

Will the world’s governments agree a meaningful book treaty for blind people? Marrakech-17th June 2013 – Today sees the start of a two-week UN meeting to conclude a new World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) treaty for people who are blind or have other print disabilities. The Marrakech diplomatic conference is set to agree a treaty … Continued

DisabilityCare Impact on Families

The long awaited national disability insurance scheme will start operating next week with launch sites getting underway across four states. In NSW, DisabilityCare will operate across the Hunter region and in Victoria, in the Barwon area around Geelong. This week we focus on the NSW Hunter region—on what DisabilityCare means for the community—and eventually the … Continued

Disabled Workers are an Asset

While working at the US retailing giant Walgreens, Deb Russell set targets to increase the number of people with disabilities working at the company’s distribution centres. She now advises companies on how they can employ more disabled people. Guest: Deb Russell, Corporate Manager of Diversity and Inclusion Walgreens former Corporate Manager of Diversity and Inclusion

Deaf mum says baby could have been saved

A deaf mum who woke to find her newborn baby dead beside her says she would still be alive if the Department of Human Services had not failed to provide a special monitoring device. The DHS had promised six weeks before the child’s death to deliver the device. “Instead I had to bury my baby … Continued