People with severe mental health issues are having their National Disability Insurance Scheme funding cut because the system does not account for the episodic nature of psychosocial disability, a new report says.
Centrelink accused of ‘disability bullying’ after man with intellectual disability receives $15,000 robodebt
The mother of an intellectually disabled man who initially received a $15,000 “robodebt” has described the Department of Human Services’ conduct in seeking to recover the debt as a form of “disability bullying”.
The state’s chief mental health group has seized upon a report which shows the National Disability Insurance Scheme is failing a high proportion of people with serious mental illnesses.
The Senate’s community affairs committee is on Thursday hearing from social service experts, who are continuing their calls for the scheme to be scrapped.
Melbourne is a great city to live in, but it can do better for people with a disability by making it more accessible and inclusive. “One day, I’d love to not have to think about accessibility. Every building, event and public transport option in Melbourne would be wheelchair accessible and I could simply go about my day like everyone else, not having to plan my day around accessibility.”
For the average person, paying for your lunch with a $20 note might not seem like a big deal. But for a person with vision loss, it can be a stressful and time-consuming ordeal.
As a royal commission into disability care begins, it emerges that key emails relating to the NDIS are held on a private bank server and cannot be accessed.
The department held an all-staff forum last week to update employees on the ongoing changes occurring as part of the NDIS. Employees already working in the disability sector would be transferred to other agencies and non-government providers, not federal agencies.
Every Australian Counts director Kirsten Deane said problems with the scheme were to blame for what the government called a lack of demand and slow uptake.
As our everyday world moves increasingly online, the digital landscape presents new challenges for ensuring accessibility for the blind. A recent court challenge against Domino’s pizza may be a watershed case guiding the rights of disabled people on the internet.
In October 2018, the family of a severely disabled man became so concerned about bruises he was suffering while living in full-time care that they asked for them to be investigated. Almost a year later, the Donaldsons are still waiting for a finding into what happened to Sam Donaldson, who is 33, non-verbal, and, due to his mental disability and severe autism, functions more like a three-year-old.
Only 25,192 people with psychosocial disability have accessed the NDIS (9 percent of all people on the NDIS), with the original estimated uptake set at 64,000 once the full scheme was rolled out.
‘Sometimes train drivers forget you’: How to make Melbourne more accessible for people with disabilities
But in Melbourne every day is a logistical challenge. Ms Christie and her friends with disabilities joke they should be detectives because they are so adept at scoping out joints and accessing information.
A South Australian living with a disability says accessing the services of a sex worker is a lifeline to intimacy. It comes as a bill to decriminalise sex work is being debated in SA’s Parliament.
The most substantial changes relate to the introduction of Disability-Related Health Supports, resulting from a COAG agreement announced in June. More than 90 disability-related health supports will be funded under the NDIS.