The former fruit picker and cleaner, who was injured at work in July 2016, is locked in a fight with Sunsuper, one of Australia’s largest superannuation funds. She has accused them of failing to properly pay out her permanent disability claim, and compensation lawyers say she is one of many being put under severe financial stress by the organisation.
The government’s allocation of per-student disability funding came under fire from the Catholic school sector this week, with the Victorian director of the Catholic Education Commission, Stephen Elder, claiming independent schools were “raking in millions” from the scheme because of “subjective teacher assessments” of students.
The government has dramatically cut access to the disability support pension in the past eight years, cutting the approval rate from 63% to about 30% this financial year.
‘When is my walker coming?’ Enabling choice for people with disabilities not easy with NDIA policies
People with disabilities are bearing the brunt of the National Disability Insurance Scheme’s teething issues, with many struggling to get access to assistive equipment, such as walking frames, wheelchairs and software.
A national mental health charity and a not-for-profit learning centre, have merged in a bid to reduce stigma surrounding mental illness.
Concerns for students with disabilities as national report reveals widespread bullying, assaults and suicide taunts
More than 56 per cent of students with disabilities had experienced bullying over a 12-month period, a national survey has found. The survey, by Children and Young People with Disability Australia, revealed students experienced a range of bullying including being punched, kicked, headbutted, cyberbullied, spat on and having food or rocks thrown at them. Some … Continued
The National Disability Insurance Scheme is a game changer, but the challenge is to make it work across people’s life course, from education and housing, to social participation and employment, writes Catriona May, from University of Melbourne.
Podcast: No apology: Beverley Rubenach says the NDIA have not spoken to her about the death of her son Tim
The mother of Tim Rubenach, who died recently before receiving approved equipment from the NDIS, says the NDIA have not apologised directly to her, nor have they been working closely with her on the issues she has raised about delays in the system.
The church’s governing bodies, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) and Catholic Religious Australia, wrote to the Government saying they were keen to participate “to limit future trauma for survivors of abuse in obtaining redress from the Church”.
Although the subject is frequently in the news and being talked about the diagnostics coined by doctors, professors and scientists in relation to it are often disconnected from my life, and the lives of autistic adults and children. All the puzzling terms, labels and categories can make it harder for us to receive help when we need it and harder for the rest of the world to understand us.
A controversial firefighters pay deal is discriminatory against women and parents, Victoria’s human rights commissioner said.
Mick Smart, age: 32, was injured falling down a retaining wall as a work-for-the-dole contractor. Now suffers chronic pain and mobility issues and is unable to find work. “I have been with multiple job agencies for three years and not even once have we discussed a potential job. My life is full of seemingly endless and ultimately pointless appointments, and every fortnight comes with a reminder of “mutual” obligation activities – volunteering, mandatory job searches, bogus training programs – all with an assessed work capacity that seems to disregard my medical condition.
When Phillip, who works full-time, became a participant in the National Disability Insurance Scheme, he received a new prosthetic leg and modifications to his home and car to increase his independence. He is one of thousands in the ACT who had never received any type of disability services or support before the NDIS.
New South Wales has become the first state to officially sign up to the full roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, but concerns have been raised the deal may see disability advocacy funding “thrown out with the bathwater”.
In NSW there were 1087 cases of assaults on people living with disability in group accommodation reported to the state ombudsman since 2014. Children with disability are at least three times more likely to experience abuse than other children. Frighteningly, over 90% of women with an intellectual disability have been victims of sexual assault. We have not done enough to combat the discrimination that many of these people face when their claims are finally heard in our judicial system.