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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