To build greater understanding of how autistic people can be better supported in the community, Amaze has launched a new campaign called Do One Thing For Autism. We’re asking people to take a 2 minute quiz to test their knowledge of autism and then pledge do one simple thing to make the world a little bit easier for autistic people everywhere.
Campaigns & Awards
Call for immediate proactive response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) for Australians with disability. The following is a list of issues that need to be addressed urgently to ensure the wellbeing of people with disability during the current COVID-19 public health emergency. Endorsed
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.
Sign this petition to add your support the Statement of Concern on COVID-19: Human rights, disability, and ethical decision-making, The Statement of Concern emphasises that key human rights principles and standards on the rights of people with disability must be included in the policies, protocols and guidelines that determine decision-making in the context of lifesaving medical treatment during COVID-19.
It’s all about social distancing and the challenges for the blind and low vision community. Guide dogs can’t read signs So if you notice someone with a white cane or a guide dog looking a little confused, please don’t just grab them on the arm. Say hi and ask if they need any help. Social distancing is difficult for everyone, so consider the challenges if you can’t see the markings on the floor, the new signs on the wall or the screens that have been installed.
Closing date: October 16, 2020
These Awards reflect what is important to disabled people and the ways that we are effecting change and pursuing equality for our community. They recognise outstanding achievements by individuals, or disabled people’s organisations, who have significantly contributed to advancing the status of disabled people across seven categories. In 2020 the Awards are focussing on what work has been done by disability leaders in these difficult times to advance equality for disabled people, and to protect and promote our rights in rapidly changing situations.
Closing date: September 30, 2020
Young people are the leaders of tomorrow. Members of the community aged between 12 and 19 years who are passionate about youth mental health are invited to apply. The AFLP gives you the opportunity to identify and discuss key issues affecting young people in mental health and contribute ideas for youth programs. Your work will assist the Foundation to extend its reach amongst young Australians as well as increasing awareness on the issues surrounding youth mental health. Being part of the AFLP is a great opportunity for professional development and expanding your networks while having some fun along the way!
The jetty is on Sorrento Foreshore on the Mornington Peninsula in front of ‘The Baths’ beachfront restaurant. It’s a wonderful place that should be experienced by everyone, not just able-bodied people. As someone with a quadriplegic son, I understand how important it is to have community spaces that are inclusive and accessible for everyone. Something that a lot of us take for granted.
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.
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.”
There are 2 distinct categories of DSP payments. There is a standard DSP, and then there’s another category for people who are legally blind. This second category was introduced in 1952 and has NOT been afforded to all DSP recipients. The difference is that legally blind recipients have no income or asset test applied and as such get to keep their entire wage. This disparity is discriminatory, demeaning and divisive. That’s why we’re calling on Scott Morrison to increase the standard disability support payment to align with the ‘legally blind’ category immediately.
The NDIA is introducing independent assessors to replace the input of health professionals when applying for the NDIS and for yearly reviews and any life changing events. Now, someone paid by the NDIA will “assess” the applicant’s disability in 1- 4 hours and use standard assessments to decide the funding they need. This is madness. … Continued
Closing date: September 30, 2020
The reason for this petition is to ensure that a disability support pension can be accepted as suitable income for a mortgage so that people on disability support pensions can have access to the great Australian dream of buying an owner-occupied property, because they are being discriminated against in more than one way.
Minister for the NDIS Stuart Robert has announced HUGE changes to NDIS assessments. These The Minister says he plans to introduce “Independent Assessments” to the NDIS – not just for people wanting to apply for the scheme, but also for people with disability who are already NDIS participants. changes are worrying. Email the NDIS Minister and let him know you want answers to 6 questions…