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The NDIA and Victorian Government must prioritise people with disability so they do not suffer in Stage 4 lockdowns

As the Victorian COVID-19 situation worsens and ‘a state of disaster’ is declared, children and adults with disability need to be a primary focus of government. We have already seen infections in group homes for people with disability, and significant impacts on their access to services and children’s right to education.

As the situation in the aged care system shows, it is vital that the Commonwealth and states work together to eliminate critical gaps for people with disability during the pandemic, including children and young people. A lack of joined-up planning and response creates preventable harm and risks. As the situation in the aged care system shows, it is vital that the Commonwealth and states work together to eliminate critical gaps for people with disability during the pandemic, including children and young people. A lack of joined-up planning and response creates preventable harm and risks.

Disability Support Workers: The forgotten workforce in COVID-19

This report describes the findings from a national survey of 357 disability support workers conducted online between May and June 2020.

COVID-19 really emphasised in my mind how overlooked the disability sector is. At the beginning the government kept talking about health care workers and nursing homes but I never heard any mention of disability. It left us in unknown territory and felt like we had just been forgotten

Statement – Disability Ministers Meeting 24 July 2020

Progress on the national demand and gap analysis of independent disability advocacy and decision-making supports being led by the Commonwealth was discussed, and reports of increasing demand for advocacy services. Findings of this analysis will inform discussions on future arrangements for the funding of independent disability advocacy and decision-making supports.

National Pain Week 2020:  Featured resources about chronic pain

The resources provide information about what chronic pain is, the lived experience of people living with chronic pain, and  insight into what a day in their life is like. There is also information for people caring for family members or friends living with chronic pain and factsheets available to help people manage their chronic pain. Also featured is the ‘Faces of Pain’ video series.

Arthur Rogers leading through transformational times”

Micaela speaks with Arthur Rogers, Victorian Disability Services Commissioner. As Arthur finished this role last month, he reflects on his leadership experience through transformational times and discusses the lessons he has learnt. With restrictions in place, Arthur discusses the impact it will have on people, especially those whose interactions are already limited. As Arthur acknowledges that these are challenging times for everybody, he talks about the key things to focus on and gives his advice on managing during these times.

Access and Inclusion Index

Looking for a practical, sustainable approach to inclusion of people with disability? Want to bring access and inclusion to life across your organisation? No matter where you are on the journey to disability confidence, the Index helps you gain insights into areas of strength and opportunity in your organisation, and gives you an understanding of your maturity across all areas of the business and a baseline on which to progress.

Compensation and your plan

The NDIA will account for compensation payments a participant receives for personal injury, if the NDIS has or may, provide supports for the same injury.

Supporting Victorians with disability during COVID-19 restrictions

The COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately impacts people facing disadvantage and marginalisation, who may not have access to the tools, resources and supports to know about, understand,  prepare for,  or comply with public health directives, and remain safe. Social distancing measures and public health directives may prevent people with disability from accessing safe, continuous services, and support from family, friends and carers. Isolation is having an increasing impact on the health and wellbeing of people with disability, their families and carers.

NDIS Participant Outcomes 30 June 2019

This is the second annual report on outcomes for NDIS participants. The report analyses the baseline results for people who entered the Scheme in 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19,  the one and two year longitudinal change in outcomes for people who entered in 2016-17 and the one year longitudinal change in outcomes for people who entered in 2017-18. Leveraging research conducted by the NDIS Independent Advisory Council (IAC), the outcomes framework takes a lifespan approach to the measurement of outcomes.

Family Violence Response for Women with Disabilities Guides

When working with a woman with disability who is experiencing violence, it is important to support her in a safe and culturally sensitive way. This resource outlines the best practice response to violence against women with disabilities and provides a list of services that can help.

Employer guide: Campaigns and awareness days for inclusion of people with disability at work

Campaigns and awareness days related to the inclusion of people with disability are used by many organisations to inspire understanding and engagement in the workplace. By linking back to your organisation’s wider goals and values, awareness days can help you promote a culture of inclusion and demonstrate your commitment to a workplace that is accessible, safe and supports everyone to reach their full potential.

Ep06: Human rights and disability

Hear Leah van Poppel, alongside ermha365’s Social Policy and Advocacy Advisory Isabel Calvert, discuss the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and how it impacts on the disability sector.

NDIA Gaslighting Group Providers

In the two weeks since the NDIA announced their new approach to group pricing, we have moved from being shocked, to suspicious, then angry, but we were always deeply confused. So, in case you are in any doubt of your own perception of this change, here are the reasons this is bad NDIA policy at work.

Don’t Give Up, Use Your Superpower

Jasmine Jarvis, interviews PhD Candidate Jerusha Mather as she discusses her PhD journey in medical & biological sciences, her motor function in adults with cerebral palsy research, why having cerebral palsy made her stronger, and the importance of inclusivity in STEM research.

Podcast: Sam Connor on being difficult

This week, Sam Connor, fierce advocate and self-professed “social media assassin” speaks about safeguards, self-advocacy and why she doesn’t care if you think she’s nice.