Silenced: The Hidden History of Disabled Britain explores the roots of ableism

If asking nicely has no effect, there’s always behaving badly to fall back on. Alia Hassan and Baroness Campbell gleefully discuss the protests against a 1990s charity telethon which disabled people saw as patronising. It led to the pledge: “Nothing about us, without us” and the less elegant slogan “Piss on pity”. As the disabled are among the hardest hit by austerity measures, the fight for their rights, they warn, isn’t over yet. 

What I’ve learned as a disabled person from the Covid-19 pandemic

I have lived over 50 years with my lifelong disabilities. I thought my understanding of disability was fully formed and realistic. But I think that in the long run, what I will remember most vividly from this pandemic is the lessons I am learning about disabled people and their true place in American society.

The right to sex when you live with disability

If you live with disability, sexual intimacy can become less straightforward and, if the barriers are significant enough, you might need some assistance from trained professionals. The NDIS has sought to change its rules to invalidate a Federal Court decision that granted one woman living with MS the ability to use NDIS funding to pay for sex workers. This discussion has thrown a spotlight on the rights and sexual needs of people with disability.

What these two young people want you to know about Tourette syndrome

Managing this neurological condition can be really tiring and difficult. But Zoe and Fergal have their own ways of dealing with it. Zoe wants us to know that having Tourette’s isn’t all funny, while Fergal finds giving it a nickname helpful.

Regulated Restrictive Practices Guide

This guide explains what a restrictive practice is, assists in identifying each regulated restrictive practice and provides practice advice consistent with a positive behaviour support framework  and contemporary evidence informed practice, with the intention to reduce and eliminate the use of restrictive practices. 

Communicating for change

As a proud person with a disability, El Gibbs has spent her career communicating and amplifying the voices of the disability community during times of crisis and triumph. She’s this week’s Changemaker.

Much Needed Clarity from the Commission

The NDIS Quality & Safeguards Commission (NDIS Commission) recently released the Regulated Restrictive Practices Guide V1 – October 2020 (RP Guide). This is a welcome document from the NDIS Commission as it provides the much-needed clarity on previously grey areas of policy and practice.

Food a human-rights issue for people with disability

Supporting the rights and needs of people with disability for equal access to safe, nutritious and enjoyable food is the call behind Dietitians Australia’s latest submission to the Disability Royal Commission.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – An Assessment of Australia’s Level of Compliance

In this research report, the author examined the articles of United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to determine how well Australia is doing in improving the lives of its citizens with disability. This wide ranging assessment looks at 30 Articles to the UN Convention that affect Australians living with disability including the explanation of disability, transport, women and girls with disability, children and emergencies. The report finds that Australia is not upholding United Nations human rights protocols for people with disability and could do more to legislate greater rights for people with disability.

Persons with Disability and the Australian Constitution

This research report investigated the extent and use of the Commonwealth’s legislative powers that enable it to provide support for and protect the rights of people with disability. It has found three distinct periods of time in which the Commonwealth positively moved to support its citizens with disability. It also says there is more scope for the Commonwealth to further expand its support for persons with disability and its legislative protection of their rights.

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Shining a light on Social Transformation

This report describes the international human rights context in which the Royal Commission operates. The report investigated the early rights movement of people with disability from the 1960s and 1970s through to the present day, which “exposed the power relations inherent to the medical model of disability, and which is commonly referred to as ‘ableism’”.