The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was initially conceived as a human rights-based initiative to improve the lives of Australians with disabilities. However, it has increasingly come under scrutiny for operational shortcomings that echo the failures of the “cruel, crude and illegal“ Robodebt scheme. Several well-known and experienced disability advocates, along with peak disability advocacy … Continued
This week’s Four Corners exposes criminals, opportunists and registered providers who have been busted exploiting loopholes to overcharge and defraud the NDIS. The revelations come following a three-month crowdsourced investigation which resulted in submissions from hundreds of NDIS participants, families and workers.
Project Independence creating pathway to home ownership for people with intellectual disabilities in Canberra
From his Canberra Raiders bedspread to his own basketball awards, Ehren Keys’s home is a shrine to sport. Decorating his unit however he sees fit is just one of the perks of independent living.
More than four million Australians live with a disability. Their rights are protected by a variety of laws, some international – like the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability (UNCRPD) – and some national, like the Disability Discrimination Act (Cth) (DDA). But despite the existence of these laws, people with disability … Continued
Discovering mobility aids have been damaged or broken during air travel is not new to anyone with a disability — but even disability advocate Akii Ngo was shocked by the state of their electric wheelchair after a Qantas flight last month.
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.
Disability advocate says there is ‘no political will’ to make accessibility upgrades as Brunswick residents plan rally.
The federal government will repeal the Disability Services Act and replace it with a new set of standards. The changes will govern the provision of services to people with disabilities outside of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Rockhampton teenager Joshua didn’t use spoken language until he was 5, now he’s singing at school events, volunteering at a tennis club and has his manual learner’s licence. But the 17-year-old’s biggest achievement is being able to recognise when he is being bullied and confidently being able to speak up and seek support.
Inclusion Australia CEO, Catherine McAlpine, spoke at the National Disability Asset webinar. The Asset aims to better understand specific needs and goals of people with disability – to give a more complete picture of their lives. For more info, watch the highlights video
Scams to people with a disability have risen by over 58 per cent in 2 years, according to data from Scamwatch. Now a TAC-funded program, co-designed by people with brain injuries, is seeking to provide safety training and psychological interventions for those at risk. CyberAbility project lead Dr Kare Gould told Trevor Chappell about the free … Continued