Inclusion for People with Disability through Sustainable Supported Employment

year Vision for people with disability in supported employment has now been released. The report sets out the Advisory Group’s vision for the supported employment sector, underpinned by a series of principles and eleven recommendations. It is hoped the report will provide a strong framework for the employment expectations and aspirations of people with disability, … Continued

The Information Access Group

The Information Access Group was established in January 2009. We assist organisations meet the diverse literacy needs of the community. We specialise in creating documents and websites that are easy to read and easy to use. Our team includes writers, editors, graphic designers, web developers, researchers and trainers who bring together a wealth of experience … Continued

SociAbility: Social Media for People with a Disability

ocial media is what allows anyone with an internet connection to publish their own content and connect with other people. Through it, we receive a wealth of information and interaction. For people with a disability, such as a hearing, sight or mobility impairment, social media websites and applications have their own barriers. In late 2011, … Continued

Verbal Communication Support Called into Question

Over the years, seemingly miraculous feats have been performed by profoundly disabled people with the help of a controversial technique known as “facilitated communication”. It’s a method where people who can’t speak or communicate normally are given physical support to help them do so, but there have long been serious doubts over whether it actually … Continued

Nursing Home Out of Reach for Diabetes Sufferer

Working for country newspapers and radio stations, Leigh Dickinson travelled hundreds of kilometres in various jobs. But since he suffered a diabetic coma two years ago, his horizons have shrunk to a hospital ward. Brain damage has burnt through his memories and speech; his eyesight is failing as his blood sugar still soars and plummets … Continued

Helping More Australians With Disability To Find Work

A record number of people with disability are receiving assistance to help them find and keep a job, thanks to the uncapping Disability Employment Services (DES). More than 97,000 people have been placed into employment through DES in the past two years, and more than 148,000 people are now being serviced by DES providers nationally … Continued

Ben Bodna Award

The Ben Bodna Award has been established in the memory of Victoria’s first Public Advocate Ben Bodna. It will provide grants of up to $10,000 a year for individuals to advance knowledge and practice in the fields of social justice, community, disability or bio-ethics. This annual Award is made in the memory of Ben Bodna … Continued

Arts Access Australia e-News

Arts Access Australia (AAA) is the peak national body for arts and disability. We work to increase opportunities and access for people with disability as artists, arts-workers, participants and audiences. To read this monthly e-newsletter online, subscribe or submit content, visit the AAA website.

Supporting Decision Making

This guide has been developed to provide managers and staff across all disability funded programs with: an overarching statement of Disability Services’ position in relation to supporting people to make decisions as part of self-directed approaches helpful hints for implementing practical solutions to a range of issues such as hearing the voice of people with … Continued

See No Evil? Definitely Not Without Audio Description

For many years, people who are blind or vision impaired have not had access to cinema or television. Audio description can change that. Senator Stephen Conroy last week announced that ABC1 will trial audio description in 2012, giving people who are blind or vision impaired access to something most of us take for granted. Movie … Continued

Government and ABC Deliver Accessible Television for Australia’s Blind

Blind Citizens Australia congratulated the Federal Government on their public announcement of a 13 week trial of audio description on ABC1 commencing mid 2012, with 14 hours of audio described content to be aired each week. Audio description is a way to describe the visual elements seen on screen in a clear and private manner. … Continued

Audio Description Trial on ABC in 2012

The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, today announced a trial of audio description will be conducted on ABC television in 2012. Audio description improves access to electronic media for people with a visual impairment. “The ABC will deliver content and conduct a technical trial of closed audio description using … Continued

Government Continues to Demand the Best Employment Services for Job Seekers with Disability

The Australian Government’s response to the Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations References Committee’s Report, ‘The administration and purchasing of Disability Employment Services in Australia’ was tabled in the Parliament today. Minister for Employment Participation Kate Ellis said that the Government was committed to ensuring that people with disability have access to the best possible … Continued

A Wheelchair Called Desire

Stella Young, disability advocate, comedienne and editor of ABC’s Ramp Up website is about to take possession of a brand new top of the line wheelchair; something that has been a long time in coming. She has had the same wheelchair for 17 years but it is not without regret that she must let it … Continued