Disability and dignity podcast

Philosophers have been slow to address disability – which is odd, because disability raises a host of fascinating and challenging issues around justice, rights and fairness.

Free and Equal in Dignity and Rights: A national conversation on human rights

This national conversation will ask the community: What makes an effective system of human rights protection for 21st century Australia? Perspectives will be gathered on human rights protection in the community and how public servants, and contracted service providers might embed the protection of human rights as core business in exercising their functions. Sign up for updates on the project.

Podcast: Dying for Change

Improving the health and lives of Australians with intellectual disability was the topic for discussion at the Dying for Change public seminar and roundtable hosted by the Melbourne Disability Institute on Monday 12 November.

International disability rights and the dilemma of domestic courts

Law plays an important role in tackling this inequality and exclusion. For the past decade, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the Disability Convention) – an instrument of international law – has been both a catalyst and guide for legislative reform enhancing the equality and inclusion of disabled people. To what extent, though, is this Disability Convention influencing domestic case law?

A song for sex rights

Everyone likes to have their voice heard, but not everyone is heard equally. Rainbow Rights is a self advocacy group for people with an intellectual disability and who happen to be LGBTIQ+. They’ve just recorded a song to let the world know that they have the same rights that everyone else does.

Disability Pride – a movement whose time has come?

Disability” and “pride” are two words you wouldn’t usually see next to each other, and that’s something the organisers of New Zealand’s annual Disability Pride Week want to change. Rachel Noble is deaf and one of the founders of Disability Pride Week, now in its third year and expanding beyond Wellington for the first time. She says the idea grew from a long-standing desire for disabled people to have a stronger collective voice.

Poor disability support practices highlighted

The DSC (Disability Services Commissioner) 2018 annual report and review of disability service provision to people who have died 2017–18 was tabled in Victorian Parliament on the 19/12/2018.

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.