Victoria has settled a bitter feud with the Commonwealth over National Disability Insurance Scheme funding after signing a long-term agreement with the federal government.
The Institute for Choice, National Disability Services and Capital Markets CRC conducted a large-scale study to examine the choices of consumers and carers in the NDIS.
The automation of welfare services in Australia risks pushing vulnerable families deeper into poverty, the United Nations has heard.
National Disability Insurance Scheme participants could soon get funding for a broader range of health-related supports following a major Administrative Appeals Tribunal decision
The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) has just released a mind-blowing judgement that could fundamentally alter the types of supports funded by the NDIS. It poses a question that has to be giving the NDIA massive anxiety attacks right about now: have we all got the reasonable and necessary criteria completely wrong?
The Prime Minister held a round-table meeting in Sydney yesterday with senior National Disability Insurance Agency executives and conceded the effective delivery of the scheme was an “enormously big task”.
Thousands of Australians living with a life-threatening swallowing condition could now get NDIS funding after the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) lost a high-stakes case at the administrative appeals tribunal.
Schools are set up for students who can see. But around 3,000 school-aged children in Australia have a vision impairment – 300 of these have a severe vision impairment or are blind. These children are generally educated in mainstream schools, sometimes with little support for their needs.
The authors interviewed 15 students aged 7-14 with a vision impairment attending state, Catholic, and independent schools. They also interviewed their parents and teachers.
Women with disabilities are being imprisoned in Victoria because the services required to care for them are available only to men.
The absence of services for women with complex needs has been highlighted in the case of Heba Teryaki, who has an IQ of 56, with both the sentencing and appeal judges saying she should not be incarcerated but there were no suitable services for her, despite the availability of such support for men.
While many Australian universities offer onsite support for students with disabilities, more needs to be done to ensure all Australians have access to higher education.
One of the best ways to do this is to readily offer accessible online education.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres told this week’s conference on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities that inclusion was not only a fundamental human right, but central to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
Laura Tingle’s segment on the 7:30 Report looking at the NDIS, it’s challenges and what will happen next. Video and typed transcript available.
Social enterprises have a transformative influence on the lives of individuals, families and communities across Australia. A social enterprise is a business that has a social mission which it pursues using mainstream business models. As well as their social impact, they contribute 2-3% of Australian GDP. Rather than small businesses on the fringes of the economy, or social movements, social enterprise, in fact, represent a major part of our efforts to address social problems in economically sustainable ways.
A special needs program for adults is shutting down because it can’t survive under the NDIS funding model, in what has been described as a “disgusting” consequence of the national scheme.
Living with a disability is tough enough without the additional challenges due to inaccessibility. Despite pervasive public perception, a wheelchair is not a restriction – it provides freedom and allows users to move freely about the world. It is our societies’ lack of accessibility that is the restriction.