“I am blind and there is no electronic application form. How can I be independent? This is debilitating … I don’t have a support person, family member, or a friend who can help me out with my paperwork. I can’t see to sign a form.”
Those with disability experience more discrimination than any other group within society. Of all discrimination cases lodged with the Australian Human Rights Commission in 2016-17, 37 per cent were on the grounds of disability. Only 48 per cent of working-age people with a disability have a job, compared with 79 per cent of those without disability, according to 2015 ABS data.
Peter Dutton has apologised to his Labor opponent Ali France for suggesting she was using her disability as an “excuse” for not living in the Dickson electorate.
Advocacy groups representing migrants and refugees in Australia have sent a letter to Immigration Minister David Coleman questioning the legitimacy of the decision to refuse a Bhutanese family permanent residency on the basis of their son’s disability.
Hours after Scott Morrison gave an emotional speech saying people with disabilities deserve respect, protesters gathered outside Parliament House to voice their concerns over the decision to deport a deaf teenager from Australia.
“There are 4.5 million Australians with a disability and you can’t see a lot of those disabilities. So the next time you see somebody doing something differently, let’s not bag them because of it, let’s say “good on you for doing it the way that you can”. I think it’s so awesome that this has come up so everybody can learn, because I’m always learning about things that I don’t know as well, and then we can just move on and bloody enjoy the footy.”
A disability advocate says event organisers must do more to meet the access needs of people with disability, arguing a little thought can go a long way to stop attendees feeling excluded. “I don’t think it’s that difficult to build ramps, or a wider gate, or a special lane rather than turnstiles. It’s not that hard. It’s just something that needs a little bit more thought put into it.”
Closing date: May 6, 2019
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Disability activist Carly Findlay says Eddie McGuire’s comments towards Sydney Swan’s ambassador and plane crash survivor Cynthia Banham are harmful, regardless of whether he knew she was disabled. The Fox Footy commentator and Collingwood football club president has come under fire for mocking Banham’s coin toss before the Sydney Swans versus Adelaide AFL match on Friday night.
The Swans released a statement slamming McGuire’s insensitive comments after he criticised Banham’s pre-match coin tossing technique and Sydney chairman Andrew Pridham hit out again on Saturday, calling on the AFL to take action.
Ms O’Shannessy lives independently, and attends occupation therapy and physiotherapy sessions. She said women living with disabilities faced a wide-facet of challenges, especially living in regional areas. “A lot of women living with a disability don’t have a choice of whether their physio or doctor is a man or woman if they wanted to choose. There is a lack of choice because there are limited services,” she said.
Carers say health procedures are made more difficult because of doctors’ lack of understanding. The issue, said the council’s senior advocate, Jim Simpson, is primarily a lack of training among doctors, who receive only 2.5 hours of specific training in the average six-year degree, and nurses, who receive none.
This World Autism Awareness Day (2 April 2019), Hawthorn Football Club, in partnership with Afford, are celebrating the launch of the Afford Sensory Friendly Space, the first sensory friendly space available at Melbourne’s iconic MCG. Footy fans with sensory sensitivity can now cheer on their favourite team thanks to the new and specially designed space. Visitors to the space will have the opportunity to watch the game via a separate big screen and TVs with reduced noise.
However, disability is different. Firstly, because disabled people are real, and secondly, because when able-bodied actors “crip up” they effectively steal roles from the disabled community. If Cate was right, and all actors could truly play roles outside of their lived experience, then disabled actors could depict able-bodied characters on screen. But that never happens ever.
This body of evidence indicates that effective policy implementation requires strong recognition of the importance of relationships to achieve policy outcomes – even in a system focused on individual choice and control. In other words, relationships matter, particularly for the success of a scheme like the NDIS.