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.
Well-intentioned people are failing to see the entire child and that child’s immense potential because they see the child’s disability first, according to an inclusive education researcher.
More than half of Australians living with a disability do not have the support services they need, and many say they have experienced violence or abuse because of their condition, a new survey has found.
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.
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.
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.
In a survey of of economically disadvantaged people with a disability, 31% were not even aware of the NDIS. A further 41% had heard of the NDIS and were eligible but had not applied due to bureaucratic complexities.
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.
CAPTCHA security tests, or the “Completely Automated Public Turing Test, to Tell Computers and Humans Apart”, are not always accessible to people with disabilities — sometimes putting them, ridiculously, in the “robot” category.
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.
Dina Bassile and her business Tibi have moved to Melbourne to continue her services to provide education and access consulting to festivals, venues and artists on accessibility in venues.
Many tertiary institutions employ own disability liaison officers. Other DLOs are employed regionally and shared across campuses, especially in the TAFE sector.
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.
Living with a disability is tough enough without the additional challenges due to inaccessibility. Despite pervasive public perception, a wheelchair is not a restriction – it provides freedom and allows users to move freely about the world. It is our societies’ lack of accessibility that is the restriction.
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.