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The golden rule of supporting others is understand first, solve second – most of the time people are looking to feel heard rather than be fixed

The golden rule of supporting others is understand first, solve second – most of the time people are looking to feel heard rather than be fixed. And while Claire was struggling and stressing and advocating for her child, even friends – especially friends – were saying all the wrong things.

2022/23 Price Guide Released

With barely a week left in the financial year, the NDIA have just released the 2022-23 Price Guide. Most supports will see the biggest increase in pricing to date – but there are some notable exceptions. Here’s the lowdown:

Nas Campanella on navigating early motherhood

For the ABC’s National Disability Affairs reporter Nas Campanella, who is blind and lives with a neurological condition, figuring out how to navigate motherhood has been a wild ride.

NDIS pricing boosted to support participants

From 1 July 2022, price limits for all NDIS supports delivered by disability support workers will increase by 9 per cent, including a 2 per cent temporary loading in 2022-23, and all current NDIS plan budgets will be automatically increased to account for these price limit changes.

Protecting most vulnerable in climate emergencies

In climate disasters, research shows people with disabilities are four times more likely to die. The vulnerability of such community members was discussed at a recent disability and climate change workshop held by council. Disability advocates Lefa Singleton Norton, Jax Brown and Heather Lawson proposed solutions to better include people with a disability in the discussion around climate adaptation.

Australian Labor government prepares to cut disability services

Statements by the recently-installed Labor government’s minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Bill Shorten, make it plain that plans are being drawn up to reduce spending on the scheme.

Time for action on disability employment

Over the past 20 years, people with disability could have wallpapered our houses with the many plans and strategies we were promised would close the employment gap between us and our non-disabled colleagues – but in reality, very little has changed. 

Shorten answers question of ‘what’s next’ for the NDIS

Shorten said there had been a “catastrophic erosion of the trust between the disability sector and government”, and said the new federal government would work to restore that trust as a first step to rebuilding the NDIS.

The NDIS is no help if it limits us more than our disability does

In my experience, the current culture of the administrator of the NDIS – the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) – curbs peoples’ opportunities by focusing on and rewarding limitations. This is the opposite of what it was intended to do. According to its website, “the NDIS is designed to help people get the support they need so their skills and independence improve over time”.

Frosty reception for controversial NDIA boss Martin Hoffman

Participants of a disability conference have unleashed on the outgoing boss of the National Disability Insurance Agency in what could be his last public event in the role. Martin Hoffman appeared in conversation with ABC host Patricia Karvelas on Thursday morning during the Where to From Here forum.

We Need the Leadership of Persons with Disabilities’, Secretary-General Tells States Parties to Convention, Calling for Inclusion on All Fronts

This fifteenth session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is an important moment for stocktaking and reflection. With 185 ratifications since its adoption in 2006, the Convention has crystallized the commitment of the international community to realize an inclusive, accessible, and sustainable world for all.

Second head of federal agency resigns post-election

CEO of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) Martin Hoffman has resigned from the organisation, effective July 2. The NDIA board has accepted the resignation, saying in a statement it did so with regret. Chair Denis Napthine thanked Hoffman for his time at the organisation, saying Hoffman led the NDIA with ‘passion, grace and commitment’.