Disabled children face barriers each day

While they do not need separate or special education, they require a more flexible education system, adviser for basic education, child rights and social inclusion Els Heijnen said.

Shaping job interviews to build diversity may be a game changer

Building a lego robot is not a usual prerequisite for a career in IT. But for Peter Middleton, a job interview specifically designed to showcase the unique skills and abilities of people with autism has landed him a dream job with the Australian Tax Office.

Report into Abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults in NSW – the need for action

In July 2016, the NSW Ombudsman commenced a standing inquiry into the abuse and neglect of adults with disability in community settings, such as their family home. They began the inquiry as they were repeatedly and increasingly contacted about serious matters of alleged abuse and neglect of adults with disability, and because there is currently no other agency that is equipped to perform this role.

Voice at the Table

The resources developed as part of this project provide practical consumer participation information, ideas and resources which can be used by service providers, governments and community organisations to ensure people with cognitive disabilities have a ‘voice at the table’ and participate equally at all organisational levels.

Understanding Abuse Learning Bites

The ‘Understanding Abuse’ Learning Bites are 3-5 minute videos addressing eight life areas. They can be used to promote discussion and personal reflection by support workers. Each Learning Bite has a printable worksheet to be completed and signed off by the supervisor.

Ouch: Disability Talk Podcast

Interviews and discussion with a personal and often humorous touch. With guest presenters plus Kate Monaghan and the Ouch blog team. Ouch is available exclusively online.

Disability advocates fear people with disabilities to be left stranded in NSW

For a person with a disability, advocates can be crucial to helping them navigate challenges associated with everyday life, like housing or education. But in New South Wales, there’s concern that such advocates will be forced to shut down when the state stops funding them in less than two years.

Concerns raised after girl with autism placed in cardboard ‘box’ enclosure in classroom

Ms Desmond said the school needed to be held to account for inappropriate decisions, but the buck stopped with Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff. “Parents are fighting day after day, year after year, to get appropriate adjustments,” she said. “It’s about time that schools that aren’t providing appropriate adjustments are held to account. and it’s about time the Department was held to account to ensure experiences like this don’t happen.”

The use of disabled people as ‘inspiration’ is terribly dated

Having written about my disability publicly for the guts of nine years, I’ve come to learn that, under the guise of inclusivity, there’s also tokenism and the act of being taken advantage of in the media, creating a misguided perception of disabled people that then feeds into our daily life.

An Australian perspective on UN disability development

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will welcome Australia’s first female representative to the committee — Rosemary Kayess. “What I do is try to create a framework by which people work,” Kayess explained to Devex. “My contribution through the convention negotiation, especially around article 24 on education, has contributed to disabled person organizations and people with disability having a framework through which they can advocate for their rights.”

‘They are not forgot, they are ignored’ Senator Steele John calls for Royal Commission to include disability care

The horror stories of neglect and abuse of people in care are not confined to older Australians living in nursing homes. Last night, Greens Senator Jordon Steele John held the Upper chamber spellbound as he read out the names of younger disabled people who have died due to extreme negligence and even violence. Jordon Steele John is demanding that the Royal Commission into aged care be expanded to include what the ‘shared horror’ that is the disability sector. ‘We have a systemic problem here and I cannot, for the life of me, understand why the Liberal and Labor parties are not taking this opportunity to step back and ensure justice is done’ says Senator Jordon Steele John