Disability activist Carly Findlay says Eddie McGuire’s comments towards Sydney Swan’s ambassador and plane crash survivor Cynthia Banham are harmful, regardless of whether he knew she was disabled. The Fox Footy commentator and Collingwood football club president has come under fire for mocking Banham’s coin toss before the Sydney Swans versus Adelaide AFL match on Friday night.
The Swans released a statement slamming McGuire’s insensitive comments after he criticised Banham’s pre-match coin tossing technique and Sydney chairman Andrew Pridham hit out again on Saturday, calling on the AFL to take action.
Ms O’Shannessy lives independently, and attends occupation therapy and physiotherapy sessions. She said women living with disabilities faced a wide-facet of challenges, especially living in regional areas. “A lot of women living with a disability don’t have a choice of whether their physio or doctor is a man or woman if they wanted to choose. There is a lack of choice because there are limited services,” she said.
Carers say health procedures are made more difficult because of doctors’ lack of understanding. The issue, said the council’s senior advocate, Jim Simpson, is primarily a lack of training among doctors, who receive only 2.5 hours of specific training in the average six-year degree, and nurses, who receive none.
This World Autism Awareness Day (2 April 2019), Hawthorn Football Club, in partnership with Afford, are celebrating the launch of the Afford Sensory Friendly Space, the first sensory friendly space available at Melbourne’s iconic MCG. Footy fans with sensory sensitivity can now cheer on their favourite team thanks to the new and specially designed space. Visitors to the space will have the opportunity to watch the game via a separate big screen and TVs with reduced noise.
However, disability is different. Firstly, because disabled people are real, and secondly, because when able-bodied actors “crip up” they effectively steal roles from the disabled community. If Cate was right, and all actors could truly play roles outside of their lived experience, then disabled actors could depict able-bodied characters on screen. But that never happens ever.
This body of evidence indicates that effective policy implementation requires strong recognition of the importance of relationships to achieve policy outcomes – even in a system focused on individual choice and control. In other words, relationships matter, particularly for the success of a scheme like the NDIS.
One of the perennial topics of conversation about diversity, centres on how to shift culture. We need to shift culture so that diverse people will be attracted to an organisation and stay as employees or customers.
In 2016 two blind Australians launched a discrimination case against the Commonwealth Bank, arguing a touch screen device used in many stores and restaurants was virtually impossible for them to use safely and securely.
Essential but often complex services like banks, utilities and phones need to be accessible for all, including those with cognitive disabilities.
The historic Ballarat station is beautiful but still has no easy way for people with a disability to get from one platform to another.
Help us to bring television to life for more than 450,000 Australians who are blind or vision impaired.
The Greens are calling for $1 billion to be spent making buildings and public spaces more accessible to disabled people, concerned too many are being segregated from mainstream life by physical barriers.
Closing date: February 28, 2019
The Shire of Cardinia is examining the need to provide specialist equipment for the disabled or severely disabled for toilet and change room facilities.
When Trish Jackson goes shopping at any department store, she knows it will be a difficult experience to find items that suit her needs.