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People with vision impairment still face discrimination when looking for work, survey finds

It would be an 18-month search with many setbacks.  “It was such a patronising experience,” Ms Chong said.  “My skills, profession and my dignity were trampled all over.  I’d learnt an important lesson though: It’s never a good time to disclose [a disability], but any delay will just complicate things further because it’s detrimental to building trust.”

‘Inspiration Porn’: Paralympians know it when they see it

In less than a decade since “inspiration porn” first surfaced in Ramp Up, an Australian publication focused on disability, the phrase has gained increasing prominence and layers of meaning. It has motivated, or shamed, some news organizations into reconsidering the language and substance of their coverage of people with disabilities. It has gained particular resonance at the Paralympic Games.

Paralympians say many still don’t know how to talk about disability

In a recent national survey, almost one-in-five people described themselves as “clueless” about how to discuss disability. Wheelchair basketball Paralympian Bridie Kean said while people were more understanding than in the past, she could still be surprised by how someone referred to a person in a wheelchair.

Vulnerable Australians forgotten in race to reopen

The first doses of vaccine arrived on Australia’s shores on February 15 and most of the highest priority people were to have received at least a first dose by April. The strategy was sound – but you need more than words on a page to make strategy become reality.

Why the Federal Government’s story about NDIS funding differences doesn’t add up

New data about NDIS costs has been released by Minister for the NDIS Linda Reynolds and the NDIA in the last week or so. Here’s our quick analysis on what the Federal Government is getting wrong in its story about well-off people with disability in the cities getting more funding than people in rural and regional areas.

Disability Royal Commission welcomes new law to protect confidential information

Legislation has passed the Australian parliament today to protect confidential information provided to a Royal Commission beyond the life of the Royal Commission. Chair of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability, the Hon Ronald Sackville AO QC, has welcomed the passage of the Royal Commissions Amendment (Protection of Information) Bill 2021.

Stronger privacy protections for disability royal commission

Disability advocates are welcoming strengthened privacy protections for people who testify at the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. New legislation will protect the identity of those who make written submissions to the Royal Commission even after the final report is delivered.

Watching the Paralympics through a different lens

I remember at the time hearing my grandmother say she couldn’t come to watch my races, as she found the sight of so many people with disability too distressing. She was a gorgeous, compassionate woman, and she just felt so sorry for all these “poor” people. It just broke her heart to think about the barriers they would face in their lives. I didn’t realise it at the time, but it was representative of the views many people still have, even today.

Judith Heumann – disability warrior

As a teenager, Judy went to summer camp and found a community of other disabled kids with high expectations like her.  Together they became a generation of disability rights activists who changed the world; staging sit-ins and protests to introduce a slew of radical changes from wheelchair accessible bathrooms and buses, to demanding sign language interpreters. Judy was later invited to join both President Clinton’s and President Obama’s administrations, and she became the World Bank’s first adviser on disability and development.