Last night ABC TV’s 7.30 program told the story of Francis, a young man with severe disabilities trapped inside the Melbourne Assessment Prison because, under the NDIS, there was no-one willing to care for him on the outside.
Heartbreaking story on 7.30 last night about “Francis” a young man with an intellectual disability and autism that was stuck in Melbourne Assessment Prison because there was nowhere else for him to go. MP Martin Foley has put measures in place to get him out of there, however this situation is not unique, there are … Continued
Emergency intervention to remove disabled man left in prison after NDIS providers refused to care for him
The Victorian Disability Minister has urgently intervened to remove a young man with a profound intellectual disability from jail. Minister Martin Foley made the decision after 7.30 informed him the young man was there because, under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), no disability provider would have him.
Unfitness to plead laws in Australia have been widely recognised as requiring reform and modernisation. The Unfitness to Plead Project sought to develop practical and legal options to address the problem of people with cognitive disabilities being found unfit to plead and subject to indefinite detention.
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