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.
Deafblind woman booked Jetstar flight from Perth, telling airline she had special needs. As she tried to board Jetstar told her she could not fly alone. Jetstar said an administrative error meant only one of her disabilities had been recorded.
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.
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.
There’s a common assumption that people with disabilities all have a desire to or need to be cured. The idea of needing to “fix” or “cure” disability communities automatically assumes a negative relationship between people and their disabilities. It also perpetuates the misconception that disability is something to be ashamed of.
We live in a society where the rights of women are more openly being discussed. From marches on the steps of parliament, to seeing women finally rise to higher ranks – it’s a beautiful thing to behold. Nicole Lee discusses the intersectionality of disability women’s rights.
The ALP’s announcement also includes broader commitment to systemic reform through the development of a National Inclusive Education Strategy in collaboration with the States and Territories to meet Australia’s obligations under the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities and the Convention on the Rights of the Child:
“I am blind and there is no electronic application form. How can I be independent? This is debilitating … I don’t have a support person, family member, or a friend who can help me out with my paperwork. I can’t see to sign a form.”
Those with disability experience more discrimination than any other group within society. Of all discrimination cases lodged with the Australian Human Rights Commission in 2016-17, 37 per cent were on the grounds of disability. Only 48 per cent of working-age people with a disability have a job, compared with 79 per cent of those without disability, according to 2015 ABS data.
Peter Dutton has apologised to his Labor opponent Ali France for suggesting she was using her disability as an “excuse” for not living in the Dickson electorate.
Advocacy groups representing migrants and refugees in Australia have sent a letter to Immigration Minister David Coleman questioning the legitimacy of the decision to refuse a Bhutanese family permanent residency on the basis of their son’s disability.
Hours after Scott Morrison gave an emotional speech saying people with disabilities deserve respect, protesters gathered outside Parliament House to voice their concerns over the decision to deport a deaf teenager from Australia.
“There are 4.5 million Australians with a disability and you can’t see a lot of those disabilities. So the next time you see somebody doing something differently, let’s not bag them because of it, let’s say “good on you for doing it the way that you can”. I think it’s so awesome that this has come up so everybody can learn, because I’m always learning about things that I don’t know as well, and then we can just move on and bloody enjoy the footy.”
A disability advocate says event organisers must do more to meet the access needs of people with disability, arguing a little thought can go a long way to stop attendees feeling excluded. “I don’t think it’s that difficult to build ramps, or a wider gate, or a special lane rather than turnstiles. It’s not that hard. It’s just something that needs a little bit more thought put into it.”
Closing date: May 6, 2019
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