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

Converting PDFs to Webpages Results in Staggering Increase in Page Views

A striking lack of PDF files differentiates the Victorian Government’s Department of Primary Industries web site from just about every other government and business site in Australia. Since DPI Systems and Technical Manager Mark Bryant completed a PDF purge in July 2011 the DPI site has also registered an astonishing increase in page views – … Continued

Agreement for More Captioning on Pay TV

  Media Release, , 8 May 2012   Captioning levels on subscription television services will be increased over the next three years, under an agreement reached between the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA). The agreement was reached together with leading captioning expert body, Media Access Australia and … Continued

Unlimited Opportunities for Australian Artists

Arts Access Australia, the British Council and Accessible Arts NSW are pleased to launch a new professional development opportunity for Australian artists and artsworkers with disability. Unlimited UK will subsidise a group of Australians to travel to London in September to attend the ‘Festival of the World’, part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. This … Continued

Kind 2 Mind Mental Health Initiative

The City of Kingston, through its Kind 2 Mind Funding Program invites community groups and organisations to make an application to develop innovative technological responses to mental ill-health that address and promote mental health and wellbeing. Social media such as Facebook, Yammer, Twitter, etc. are powerful mechanisms for sharing information, keeping families and friends and … Continued

A Blind Spot Found on City Trip

Transport Department project officer Paul Smith designs tram stops so they are easier to use for people with disabilities. But it took the temporary loss of his own vision during a cross-town tram trip to fully appreciate how tricky using public transport is for the blind. The experience was part of a Guide Dogs Victoria … Continued