Glimpses is a compilation of uncensored real life experiences with Mental Illness It is a quarterly electronic manuscript that is distributed to carers, consumers, educators and clinicians, in hope of increasing awareness and reducing stigma surrounding mental illness. You are invited to submit your story giving your personal experiences with Anxiety Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, … Continued

Policing the Mentally Ill a ‘Drain on Resources’

VICTORIA Police apprehend a disturbed person in the community on average every two hours and transport them to a hospital emergency department, according to a study into the challenges of policing the mentally ill. Such callouts do not often lead to criminal charges, with the bulk of people having threatened or attempted suicide or other … Continued

eHealth Learning Centre

An online “learning centre” which details how the Australian Government’s new electronic health record system will work for patients and practitioners has been launched. From July 2012, people seeking healthcare in Australia will be able to register for their own personally controlled electronic health record – an eHealth record. Your eHealth record will be a … Continued

Extension of Temporary Exemptions: Australasian Railways Association

Graeme Innes & David Mason at the Australian Human Rights Commission have extended status quo of discrimination by granting an exemption to the Australasian Railways Association. The ARA application was so complex and technical that very few people had time to read through it let alone compare and analyse every specific modification and certainly our … Continued

Improved Services for Children with Disability in Regional and Remote Australia

A new service will put children with disability living in regional and remote Australia in touch with specialists in the city, through a $4.1 million investment from the Gillard Government for the Remote Hearing and Vision Services for Children initiative. The new initiative will harness the National Broadband Network (NBN) to provide video and online … Continued

More Doubts over Disability ‘Miracle’

There’s always someone to peddle false hope to the broken-hearted, the guileless and the gullible. ..From cancer “cures” to aphrodisiacs, mail-order marriages to miracle diets, the market never quite dries up. Not that everyone who sells hope does it for money. The best evangelists believe what they’re preaching, even if it smells like snake oil … Continued

An Inspiration Who Scaled a Mountain

Anne McDonald had severe athetoid cerebral palsy. She couldn’t walk, talk or feed herself. ..As she wrote: “I went to St Nicholas Hospital when I was three. The hospital was the state garbage bin. Very young children were taken into permanent care, regardless of their intelligence. If they were disfigured, distorted, or disturbed then the … Continued

Text Adaptability is Essential for Reading

Project Overview Electronic media (websites, PDF files, e-books, etc.) offers the opportunity for unprecedented access to information and interaction for people with print disabilities because the accessibility barriers to print can be more easily overcome through technology. People with low vision, dyslexia, and related conditions that impact reading need to be able to customize various … Continued

The Gristle in the Stew

Parents of developmentally disabled children in the state of Ontario, Canada, placed their children in state run institutions thinking they were getting the best of care. Nothing could have been further from the truth. Late last year Superior Court Justice Patrick Moore set a trial date for the first of a series of class action … Continued

Telling our Disability Stories’ Podcast

“Telling Our Disability Stories” is a monthly podcast and features Anthony Tusler’s in-depth interviews with notable people from the world-wide disability community.This month’s podcast features Stella Young, comedian, disability advocate and Editor of the ABC (Australia) Ramp Up, the online space for news, discussion and opinion about disability in Australia. She was a two-time state … Continued

Advocate Ineligible – Ruled Out of a Disability Prize

An ‘incredible’ advocate for mentally ill people has been ruled ineligible for awards recognising those who help disabled people achieve goals because mental illness is not defined as a disability. Peer support worker Naomi Snell has complained to the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission over her nominee’s rejection by the Victorian Disability Sector … Continued

Disability Groups Aim for High-Tech Help

When, at 23, Joanne Webber was told she had a rare eye condition, she received lots of support. She was diagnosed for free at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and was helped by the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind. “I met with mentors of similar age to me and met people with … Continued

Implementing Inclusive Education: A Commonwealth Guide to Implementing Article 24 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Second Edition)

This publication provides examples of how inclusive education systems for all children have been established in pockets throughout the Commonwealth and beyond. There are a number of formats available: Book containing illustrated case studies and DVDs is available for purchase PDF containing illustrations and text is available as a free download Text Only free download