Nurse Linda Karafili remembers getting the call from her client. He was “absolutely desperate”. The man, who had a history of severe mental health issues, had been coerced to move from a boarding house with support services to a house in outer Melbourne, away from everyone he knew. “He was … frightened of staying, but … Continued
A woman born with a form of spina bifida who survived three major spinal surgeries was told she wouldn’t be eligible for NDIS funding because she isn’t “disabled enough”. SUBSCRIBE for the full story.
Consider a packed, dimly lit nightclub full of loud raucous conversations and music. It can cause sensory overload for neurodiverse people, prompting them to wonder if they should have stayed home because they find it incredibly difficult to acclimatise to an unaccommodating reality. It is far more difficult to meet new people and form friendships … Continued
For four-and-a-half years, the disability community has bared its soul. The country has learned how we’ve been sexually abused, physically attacked in our homes or in public, had our children removed, and discriminated against in every aspect of our lives. In some cases, our mothers were told by medical professionals not to have us in the first place.
First Nations Disability Network has created a suite of resources on the upcoming Referendum and an Easy Read Version of Uluru Statement from the Heart in collaboration with Inclusion Australia, Council on Intellectual Disability and VALID.
Melbourne Disability Institute are delighted to announce the recipients of MDI’s 2023 seed funding round. Nine exciting new projects have been selected to receive funding of around $30,000 each. The interdisciplinary, disability focused topics explore a diverse range of issues including inclusive pathways for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students transitioning to post-secondary education and … Continued
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission’s 15th Report on the Operation of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities was recently tabled in the Victorian Parliament.
McGregor Casting are currently searching for a person aged 30-55 with a condition potentially leading to a speech disorder to feature in a new television commercial for a tech company. The television commercial will be shooting in New Zealand, so the successful applicant will need to be able to fly from Australia to New Zealand … Continued
The Review’s final report will be given to Disability Ministers at the end of October. It will then be up to Australia’s governments – Commonwealth, State, Territory, and Local – to respond to the Review’s recommendations. At the moment they are still carefully reading submissions and finalizing their report and recommendations. However they have identified … Continued
This is an important national survey that collects information about the Australian disability sector’s readiness and acceptance of adopting virtual reality (VR) technology to advance its training practices. Why is it important? This is important because some service providers have already started to adopt VR as an empathy inducing training intervention because of VR’s unique … Continued
The Lesley Hall Scholarship is an annual program for Victorian Deaf and Disabled artists and advocates. The scholarship is a $5,000 grant. Applications are now open! and close Monday 23 October at 5 pm. This program supports a Deaf or Disabled artist, arts workers and creatives living in Victoria who use their creative practice to … Continued
Closing date: September 19, 2023
On 7 September 2023, the Australian Government released the Aviation Green Paper. The Green Paper provides the principles, initiatives and policy settings the government is considering to shape Australia’s aviation future. The Green Paper marks an important stage in developing the Aviation White Paper, which will set the policy direction for the aviation sector out … Continued
Suncorp Group insurer, AAMI has joined brands ANZ, Bonds, Kia, McDonalds, Oral-B, nib, Tourism Australia, Pantene, TikTok, Uber, Virgin and Weet-Bix™ in launching the Shift 20 Initiative – committing to transforming their advertising to increase representation, inclusion and accessibility for people with disability.
Have you noticed any changes to television commercials for some of Australia’s best-known brands recently? The Weet-Bix kid, who dreams of scaling Everest, is in a wheelchair. The Bonds model is signing in Auslan. The ANZ employee who tells her colleague to stop speaking in a ridiculous voice is a bilateral above-knee amputee. And the … Continued
70% of Australian students with a disability are excluded at school – the next round of education reforms can fix this
The National School Reform Agreement is made about once every five years in Australia. This is the main way the federal government can steer changes in how Australian schools are run.