This was the moment the conference heard from the Queensland representatives of the National Disability Insurance Scheme about how the scheme was going in that state. They presented a remarkably optimistic and positive picture about its initial implementation, admitting there’d been a few issues and problems accompanying the initial rollout of the scheme. Nevertheless, the manager insisted, self-reported satisfaction rates were well above 80 per cent. Then the questions began, politely at first, but quickly taking on an edge of disbelief and anger.
A report by Choice, National Shelter and the National Association of Tenant Organisations (NATO) examined the consumer experience of renting in Australia, and found renters with disability faced a range of barriers that prevented them getting into or staying securely in rental accommodation.
State government funding cuts to a South Australian service helping people with disability access the legal system will leave vulnerable people without a voice in police interviews or court, a disability advocates warn. “This state has seen what happens when vulnerable people cannot give evidence. We know that cases against alleged paedophiles and other abusers will collapse and offenders go free,” he said.
recent update to the Provider Toolkit has made it clear that the NDIA expects that Support Coordination funding is not to be used to attend plan meetings. The logic here is that the NDIA sees attendance at plan review meetings as advocacy, which is a DSS funding responsibility. Support Coordinators are still free to attend the meetings (if invited by the Participant) but the Participant’s NDIS funds should not be used to pay for the Support Coordinator’s time.
When disability advocate and entrepreneur, Christina Ryan, realised workplace programs helping people with disability into leadership roles were non-existent, she got angry. And then she started the Disability Leadership Institute, an enterprise that coaches, trains and supports people with disability into decision making and leadership roles.
A writer, comedian and advocate, she gave voice to issues relevant to the many Australians living with disability. Stella wrote for ABC for a number of years and was editor of the disability news and opinion website Ramp Up. This week marks both the International Day of People with Disability and four years since her passing.
Disability” and “pride” are two words you wouldn’t usually see next to each other, and that’s something the organisers of New Zealand’s annual Disability Pride Week want to change. Rachel Noble is deaf and one of the founders of Disability Pride Week, now in its third year and expanding beyond Wellington for the first time. She says the idea grew from a long-standing desire for disabled people to have a stronger collective voice.
The number of young people that believe mental health is the top issue facing Australia today has almost tripled in three years, according to Mission Australia’s latest national youth survey.
Chanelle McKenna was a typical 11-year-old girl. Since she was a baby, she’s had cerebral palsy. It was at age 11 her mother agreed, in unison with medical professionals and school staff, that she should be involuntarily sterilised.
A Tasmanian couple has given evidence before a Federal Government inquiry to fulfil a promise they made to their dying son.
The federal government is offering $10 million in grants to disability service providers with innovative ideas to grow the National Disability Insurance Scheme workforce.
Victorian community and advocacy groups across the board have welcomed the state election result, but say they will fight to ensure the re-elected Andrews government delivers good outcomes for vulnerable Victorians.
Experts believe a new platform helping people with disability find a home could become the Airbnb of accessible housing.
Part 2 of a series that delves into PM* v the NDIA, the nearly all encompassing Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) case that attempts to resolve controversial issues in the NDIS.
Victoria’s crisis assessment and treatment teams are the front line for the most mentally unwell people in the state, but GPs who try to get hold of them often can’t get through.