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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.

Applications For Disability Self Help Grants Now Open

Closing date: July 12, 2019

The Andrews Labor Government is taking action to better support dedicated groups who strive to improve the lives of people living with a disability.
Applications are now open for the latest round of Disability Self Help Grants, to help strengthen self help groups for people with disability and their families across Victoria.
A total of almost $250,000 is available for grants of up to $10,000 each over two years.

Just ask the question: Barriers to disability employment

One of the biggest barriers, when it came to employing people with disability, was hiring managers that believed employing someone with a disability would make their life too hard.

“We’ve got a lot of HR, diversity and inclusion professionals who are trying to implement unconscious bias training and diversity policies, but until hiring managers get themselves past this point of thinking a person with a disability is only going to make more work for them, we aren’t getting anywhere,” Kelly Schultz said.

Here’s hoping PM’s ‘all Australians’ include the visually impaired

In Scott Morrison’s victory speech he said he would govern for “all Australians”. That statement gave many people with disability hope that they would have a stronger voice and that their needs would be given higher priority by the government in this parliamentary term.

Microsoft Backing Inclusive Technology

The ways that humans interact with technology are as varied as the ever-expanding digital landscape. But for more than a billion people with disabilities worldwide, accessing technology isn’t a matter of ‘how’ but ‘if.’ Americans with disabilities are nearly 20 percent less likely to own a tablet, smartphone, computer and have access to high-speed internet, according to the Pew Research Center.

Huge financial and social benefits to inclusive design, report shows

Commissioned by the Centre for Inclusive Design in partnership with Adobe and Microsoft, the report shows designing products and services with the needs of people experiencing the effects of ageing, poverty and disability in mind can reach four times as many consumers as opposed to not doing so.