Disabled Can’t Afford Power Bill: Report

More than 40 per cent of people with a physical disability are going without essentials in order to pay their power bills, new research shows. This is despite the fact 75 per cent of those with a disability have a condition that requires them to heat or cool their living space. The findings of the … Continued

Reporting it Right: Guidelines to Support Media Reporting on Disability

The Victorian Government have recently launched Reporting It Right, new media guidelines to assist journalists and communications professionals in appropriately portraying people with a disability. One in five Victorians and over four million Australians have a disability. The language and images used in mainstream media to depict disability influence community attitudes by setting the overall … Continued

I Refuse to be Disabled by Fear

I’ve been thinking about the Jill Meagher case and feeling sad. Sad for Jill and her family, and sad for all the women out there who remain invisible and unsupported when they experience acts of violence. I live just a couple of kilometres from where Jill was taken. Because I’m a woman who is deafblind, … Continued

Life ‘On The Outer’ with $100 a Week

It is the things most of us take for granted that Michael Merrett has to go without. Mr Merrett, 41, receives the disability support pension but once all the bills, repayments and rent are deducted from his account, he can be left with as little as $100 a week. ”Who can live on $100 a … Continued

Campaign for Equal Access to ABC TV Kicks Off Today

Australian blindness and consumer organisations have today launched a national campaign to promote the importance of audio description currently being trialled on ABC TV, and appeal to Communications Minister Senator Stephen Conroy and ABC Managing Director Mark Scott to make the service permanent. The groups say the ABC audio description service has given over 600,000 … Continued

Peer Support Volunteers Wanted

Are you someone with a disability eager to talk about common experiences, share valuable insights, information and experiences with someone else with a disability? Then join Yooralla’s fabulous Peer Support Program! As a Peer Support Volunteer you will: Obtain support and supervision Receive training Meet new people  

Making Our Homes More Accessible for People with Disability

The Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Jan McLucas today highlighted the benefits of designing homes that are more accessible for people with disability at the official launch of Livable Housing Australia in Parliament House, Canberra. Livable Housing Australia (LHA) is a not-for-profit organisation established to encourage Australians constructing new homes to comply with design … Continued

Concern over Cuts to Rehabilitation Program

At age 33 years, Ivon Davidson suffered an off-road push bike accident in 2006 in Victoria’s Silvan National Park. It was a devastating brain injury from which he was not expected to live. When he survived those early days, he wasn’t expected to come out of his coma, he was not expected to talk, eat, … Continued

Paralympics London 2012

All the latest event information, results, athlete profiles and live streaming from London 2012 is available on this website.  

AAH Releases 4 Point Plan to Fix our Housing Stress

A coalition of national housing, welfare and community sector organisations is proposing a four point plan to address affordable housing in Australia that will deliver 30,000 new affordable housing units each year and lift 250,000 households out of housing stress over five years. The plan would deliver affordable housing options for two out of every … Continued

Aussie Paralympians Take Centre Stage

Minister for Disability Reform Jenny Macklin, Minister for Sport Kate Lundy and Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers Jan McLucas today wish our 161-strong Australian Team all the best for a successful Paralympic Games in London. Australians around the nation will be cheering on our Paralympians as they enter the stadium today to officially mark … Continued

Families with Multiple and Complex Needs:

This paper looks at the issues and barriers people with complex needs encounter each day, regarding physical and mental illness as well as abuse and disability. People with complex needs may have to negotiate several issues in their life, such as physical or mental illness, substance abuse and disability. They may be living in deprived … Continued

Community Housing Sector Buckles Under Demand

An annual survey of Australia’s community sector reveals housing and homeless services are buckling under demand. The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) survey of almost 700 agencies around the country found that the greatest area of need is housing. It found 81 per cent of housing and homeless services reported that they could not … Continued

Dob in a Dole Cheat to Beat the Queue

Centrelink is imposing vastly longer phone waiting times on the unemployed, people with disabilities and carers and is giving Rolls-Royce treatment to those dobbing in alleged welfare cheats and other clients with Medicare and child support queries. The waiting times are so different based on what category people fall into that Human Services Minister Kim … Continued