How Young Disability Activists Are Using TikTok To Make A Difference

“We grow up learning that ‘disabled’ is a bad thing. It’s something you don’t want to be, that to call yourself that is somehow defeatist, that you should be trying to overcome it rather than embracing it,” Britt says. “And so I think it’s really, really cool to have people sharing the things that they love about being disabled or celebrating their bodies or talking about the unique perspectives that it gives them on the world.”

Putting the $4b ‘Assistive Tech’ market at risk

So given the massive size of the AT market and the transformative impact of AT on jobs, the lack of analysis regarding AT by the NDIA is concerning. Deep analysis and future casting is urgently needed, to provide essential insight on the shifts and possible futures of the AT and innovation industry. Without this, of what use is financial forecasting on Scheme sustainability? And without this, how will “market thinness” into the future be understood?

Human Rights Commission asks NDIS to remember robo-debt in automation push

Australian Human Rights Commissioner has cautioned the use of artificial intelligence in government decision-making, asking it ensure the algorithm is fair, accurate, and accountable. Santow said if an algorithm was used to make those crucial decisions at the NDIS, then the government needed to be very confident in the quality of the information being fed into the system and make sure it would be accurate, contain no errors, and be bias-free.

Human Rights and Technology Final Report (2021)

This report is the culmination of a three-year national investigation into human rights risks posed by new and emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence. It reflects the Commission’s extensive public consultation regarding the impact of new technologies and contains 38 recommendations.

Disability advocates say we need Assistive Technology for All

Millions of older Australians with disability who are not eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme are struggling to access vital assistive technology such as wheelchairs and ramps, prompting advocates to call for a national program.

Online Safety Academy

This free interactive learning resource helps people with intellectual disability stay safe online. It includes 4 online learning modules that have been designed with accessibility in mind and includes animation, video content and text to speech activities. You will learn all about cyberbullying, including what it is and how to identify it to protect yourself online, what a scam is and how you can avoid them and what information you can safely share online.

Govt spending $250,000 each month on NDIS app

Questions have also been raised over the need for the My NDIS app, which will provide in an app what is currently available to NDIS participants through the web browser, with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) unable to say how many, if any, people asked for the service.

How Blind Users Experience Instagram

While marketers and content creators routinely debate and swap advice on if, when and how to use these practices, a disabled person can’t choose if, when and how to be disabled. For them, digital accessibility is a full time, lived experience.

Tech company changing the lives of people with disability

New technology is helping people living with severe disabilities to communicate and take back some control of their lives by using their thoughts and neural signs via computers. Former CNN news anchor Peter Ford, through his inspiration with Stephen Hawking and his fascination with coding, founded the company Control Bionics, giving control back to and opening up communication to hundreds of people. And they want to help more.

Making better disability tech

Whether permanent, temporary or as result of age, millions of Australians will experience a form of disability. How do we make tech more inclusive? Meet some of the innovators with lived experience of disability driving tech innovation in Australia.