Campaigns & Awards

Assistive Technology for All

This campaign is calling for people with disability who are not eligible for the NDIS to stop falling through the cracks. These people should have equitable access to the assistive technology they need to lead full and active lives.  Assistive technology benefits us and our communities. It allows us to stay involved in public life, stay working if we want to, remain in our homes, and look after ourselves. We are asking the Australian Government to establish a single National Assistive Technology Program for all people who are not eligible for the NDIS, both younger and older.

COVID-19 Children and Young People with Disabilities Global Statement and Recommendations

Children and young people with disabilities and their families need to be part of efforts for disability inclusive responses and recovery to this pandemic. Children and young people with disabilities should not have their rights compromised, as they already have challenges to accessing the right and appropriate support and resources to give them an equal chance to thrive and reach their potential. Progress made towards disability rights and inclusion – such as access to equal and accessible care and treatment to support dignity and safety, inclusive education, lifelong learning, employment, independent living, a right to family life and social protections – should not be undone. To ensure this, the rights of children and young people with disabilities must be respected and protected.

#EndSeclusion

Victoria must eliminate seclusion and restraint practices within mental health services, and respond to damaging impacts for individuals, including human rights breaches, and physical and emotional harm! “Now that many of us have had a taste of what being cut off from human interaction is like with the COVID 19 restrictions and lockdowns, surely Victorians are more aware of the psychologically damaging effects of seclusion.”

Petition: Wheelchairs allowed on planes

People with mobility challenges & physical disabilities love to travel as much as anyone else. Part of their experience is airline travel. Passengers with mobility challenges who use an electric (or manual) wheelchair want to use their chair in the cabin. This reduces the risk of damage to their expensive chairs and the stress & discomfort of transferring to their seat.

Our Royal Commission: We need more time to tell our stories

People with disability experience violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation at highly disproportionate rates, and our voices must be heard. The Hon. Ronald Sackville, Chair of the Disability Royal Commission, has requested a 17-month extension. People withDisability Australia support this call, and we ask you to do the same by writing to the Attorney-General, Michaelia Cash. You can use our sample letter, or edit as you like.

Brenda Gabe Leadership Award: Nominations now open.

Closing date: August 31, 2021

The Brenda Gabe Leadership Award is a biennial award which recognises and rewards outstanding leadership from women with disability in Victoria. Nominations are invited from individuals or groups  who have directly benefited women with disability or ensured a more inclusive community for women with disability.

Disability Doesn’t Discriminate campaign

In 2013, the Federal Government deliberately amended the Age Discrimination Act allowing the NDIS to legally exclude people over the age of 65 from the NDIS. Disability Doesn’t Discriminate, but the Government does. Turn 65 and become disabled, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) – meant to be your safety net – doesn’t cover you.