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Ten Steps Govt. Must Take to Halt Disabled Abuse, Neglect

People with Disability Australia (PWDA) is calling for urgent reform to ensure the human rights of people with disability are upheld in Australia, outlining 10 actions that all Australian governments must prioritise.

Four Corners investigation sparks disability advocates’ calls for better NDIS regulation

Disability advocates say tighter regulation of NDIS service providers is needed after an ABC investigation uncovered “sickening” practices being used against children with disabilities. The ABC’s Four Corners revealed children with autism and intellectual disabilities were unlawfully pinned to the ground facedown by up to six workers as part of a controversial therapy funded by the NDIS.

NDIS Commission inquiry into platform providers

In September, the NDIS Commission released the results of their Own Motion Inquiry into platform providers in the NDIS marketplace. This was the result of months of research and consultation by the Commission, following years of the strong opinions from fans and critics alike.

Will history repeat itself?

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

VIDEO: Careless: How the NDIS fails to protect our most vulnerable

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.

Sidelined too long: Calls to modernise the Disability Discrimination Act

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

Partial paraplegic ‘not disabled enough’ for NDIS support

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.

Perth low-sensory nightclubbing experience a hit for people with a disability

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

Without change, the trauma of the disability royal commission will have all been for nothing

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.