Web a Hard Read for Disabled

Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes doesn’t expect large scale web accessibility lawsuits in Australia. Picture: Ray Strange Source: The Australian THE private sector has been urged to make its digital assets more accessible to elderly Australians or people with disabilities as federal agencies and departments rush to meet new web accessibility guidelines. An estimated 98 … Continued

How Different Religions View Disability

Religious communities are committed to inclusion, compassion and recognising the full humanity of all. But for people with disabilities, a religious community can be a surprisingly alienating place. Judaism has the primacy of physical perfection written into its sacred text. Islam has a cultural aversion to dogs – guide dogs for the blind included. As … Continued

Allow People with Print Disability Worldwide to Read: Australian Government Should take the Lead

Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Graeme Innes, said today that people with a print disability throughout the world are currently experiencing a ‘book famine’, yet the Australian government has failed to take action that could change the situation. “Only 5% of all books produced in Australia are published in accessible formats such as large print, audio or … Continued

Change Attitudes

James O’Brien (Letters, 16/6) rightly expresses the vital need for a national disability insurance scheme. It is absolutely imperative however that this scheme is not seen as a cure-all for a society that is failing many people with disability. My most recent working week was spent speaking with families from around Australia who have been … Continued

TAFE Cuts Hit Those in Need of Help

When Ben Carbonaro began studying at RMIT’s TAFE he was paired with a ”buddy” who helped with reading and taking notes. Mr Carbonaro has Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism, and he relied on support services throughout his TAFE studies that led to a journalism degree. Before starting his course, RMIT’s disability liaison unit took … Continued

Ramping Up Accessible Information and Representation for People with Disability

Australians with disability will benefit from improved access to the ABC’s Ramp Up website with an additional $557,700 investment from the Australian Government. The Minister for Disability Reform, Jenny Macklin, and, said the funding would ensure the website continues to provide a forum for discussion about disability in Australia. “Ramp Up is a lively online … Continued

Taxi Inquiry puts Customers First

The Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) has welcomed the draft report of the Victorian Taxi Industry Inquiry and hailed the customer-first focus of Professsor Alan Fels and his team. ‘The Taxi Inquiry has strongly argued for sweeping reforms to the taxi industry to fix the problems so many Victorians experience with taxis. This includes … Continued

Disability Education Could be Boosted by Gonski Report

The federal government is holding consultations on Australia’s education funding model in the wake of the Gonski report. The report recommends a base level of funding per student which would then be scaled based on the level of disadvantage they face. Disability groups hope the findings, and the National Disability Insurance Scheme, will provide an … Continued

Metro Brushes off Blind Woman

Blind commuter Annmarie Kelly is unhappy about how hard it is to hear train messages. Metro has refused to attend a human rights commission hearing with a blind woman hindered by substandard station announcements, because she would not sign a confidentiality agreement. Annmarie Kelly was due to meet the rail operator at the commission’s headquarters … Continued


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