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

PM rules out probing disability providers

The commission will be dealing with in-home care and young people with disabilities in residential aged care, but won’t look at disability organisations more broadly. “It’s important that we keep the focus of these inquiries. If they become an inquiry into everything, they become too broad,” Mr Morrison told reporters in Canberra on Tuesday.

Aged care royal commission should include disability sector as well, argues Greens senator Jordon Steele-John

As the first person with a disability to sit in the Upper House, Senator Steele-John said he often heard of horrific cases of abuse in the disability sector. “We speak every day with each other about people who have died because of the neglect they have been subjected to,” he said. “I’m talking about being locked in rooms, I’m talking about being kicked, I’m talking about being spat at and restrained.

Disabled teens suffering the mental health effects of bullying

If we could stop the high levels of bullying that adolescents with a disability experience, we could make a big difference to their health, learning and wellbeing. So school anti-bullying programs need to acknowledge the link between having a disability, being bullied and poorer mental health.

A Future Without Violence: Quality, safeguarding and oversight to prevent and address violence against people with disability in institutional settings

The Australian Human Rights Commission undertook a project on violence against people with disability in institutional settings. This report outlines the Commission’s findings and recommendations on the ways in which quality, safeguarding and oversight mechanisms that prevent and address violence against people with disability in institutional settings can be strengthened.  

Supreme Court rules that Owners Corporations must not discriminate

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissions  intervention in the Supreme Court case of Owners Corporation v Anne Black got a great result for people with a disability seeking reasonable adjustments from owners corporations. The Supreme Court’s decision makes it clear that our Equal Opportunity Act requires owners corporations to make reasonable adjustments for both tenants and … Continued