Resources

If You’re an Adult Who’s Still Nervous About Talking to People With Disabilities

Lots of people go about their lives never getting to know a person with a disability (that they know of). Then when someone turns up in your workplace, school or church who has a visible disability, all that fear and miseducation keeps you from seeing them as a person to whom they can introduce themselves and strike up a friendship.

Assistive Technology Talk – Wheelchairs, aids and devices

The panel discussed recent changes to Adaptive Technology (AT) processes and resources, how to prepare for an upcoming planning meeting where AT is needed, and how to escalate urgent AT issues with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). The panel included NDIA staff and sector representatives with substantial experience with the NDIS.

Dylan Alcott launches campaign fighting barriers to work for people with disability

The Remove the Barrier campaign, launched by the Dylan Alcott Foundation on Tuesday, aims to remove the visible and invisible barriers that prevent people with disability from finding work.  Despite one in five people in Australia living with disability, only 54 per cent of people with disability have employment, with few initiatives in place to shift the statistic.        

New ‘radical history’ of disabled people’s movement ‘has lessons for today’

The launch of No Limits: The Disabled People’s Movement, A Radical History, took place last Friday (12 July), and was attended by its author, Judy Hunt, on the 40th anniversary of the death of her husband, Paul. It was Paul Hunt’s letter to the Guardian in 1972 which led to the formation of the Union of the Physically Impaired Against Segregation (UPIAS), which itself was to play a crucial role in the development of the movement and what was later known as the social model of disability.

The reality of the regional NDIS

The NDIS funding model does not work for regional and rural Australia. We need a much smarter, hybrid block funded version of the NDIS due to the negligible supply in this market. The ILC lacks the financial capacity to successfully address this issue at a systemic level.

‘No-go areas’: The quest for disability access to Australia’s beaches

A device inspired by the ability of geckos to stick to almost any surface could make Australia’s beaches more accessible for the disabled. The company took out the Next Gen category Award at Australia’s Good Design Awards on Thursday night. Mr Tilley said Australia’s start-up culture was focused more on software design or tech and could do more for the disabled population.

Online Education Is Necessary for Disability Equality

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.