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The NDIS’ assessment future

Independent Assessments (IAs) are, to borrow a term from Australia’s former Prime Minister, “dead, buried and cremated.” Therefore, at first glance, the Joint Standing Committee (JSC)’s final report from the inquiry into IAs, released in October 2021, appears very late to a party that is really just wrapping up.  But before you dismiss it out of hand, there is an important reason to pay attention to this report. The

International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2021

As governments and the international community continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, and chart a course forward, it is essential that disability inclusion is central to health system planning, development, and decision making.  Strong, effective health systems support robust health emergencies management.   

The vulnerable disabled who need advocates

Is the government so out of touch with the disability community that it did not realise there were barriers to vaccination, including anxiety and difficult behaviours that would require assistance?  Our son weighs 110 kilograms and was not going to let anybody come at him with a needle. Following an intense search, we were lucky to find medical practitioners who could think outside the box, and with the support of Barwon Health’s Disability Support Unit, our son was vaccinated under anaesthetic in July.

People with disability facing huge barriers to workforce

Just 1% of employees in Australia’s largest companies are people with disabilities – that is despite the fact that almost 20% of the population live with a disability. The unemployment rate among disabled Australians is 53.4%, and advocates say that is not just bad for those with a disability but for the
economy more broadly.

Safety net in danger: High price of changes to NDIS legislation

As Dr Ben Gauntlett, Australia’s Disability Discrimination Commissioner, explained by submission to the Senate, as the NDIS rules have not yet been released, Members of Parliament are effectively voting to give the NDIA powers that remain largely unknown.

Performing opera as a blind person

Soprano Jordie Howell talks about how she’s learnt about drama and stage craft as a blind person and explores how the opera industry could be more accessible for musicians and singers who are blind.

Don’t ditch digital says accessibility advocate

Arts Access Victoria’s Caroline Bowditch offers ideas on how to not only welcome a new audience but include performers of all levels of ability, in order to make an event that everyone can attend. ‘It is really interesting to think that for so many people to experience the kind of isolation and the lockdowns that … Continued

Could AI help make the law more accessible for disabled people?

We all enjoy legal rights, including the right to live free from discrimination. But how easy is it to use the law to uphold those rights?  Could ‘chatbots’, a form of artificial intelligence technology, help make the legal system more accessible for people living with disabilities?  

‘Brought me to tears’: family who won landmark NDIS challenge now face cut to support

In 2017 the McGarrigles, supported by Victoria Legal Aid, won a landmark case over NDIS transport funding that had implications for thousands of other participants. The agency appealed to the full bench of the federal court. Its appeal was dismissed. Fast forward four years later and the McGarrigles are once again at loggerheads with the agency.

Breaking News: NDIA releases Support Coordination Paper

Seasoned Support Coordinators who were hoping for a detailed practice guide or resolutions to chronic issues will be disappointed. But the Paper and its accompanying website content does provide a clear, structured outline of Support Coordination that will likely be helpful to those new to the role and as a resource to support conversations with participants and families.