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Australia NDIS Gets App with Blockchain: What Could Go Wrong?

Disabled Australians will soon receive an app that implements a welfare compliance system devised by the same individuals who created robo-debt. However, this is not at all good news. The point is that it is evident that the Australian government intends to extend technology-driven compliance to all Australians, with an emphasis on punishing your failures rather than theirs.

The Disability Paradox

When asked to rate disabled people’s quality of life, nondisabled people assume it is low—lower in fact than people with the disability in question rate their own quality of life. This gap between what nondisabled people believe and what people with disabilities actually experience is known as the disability paradox.

Faster hospital discharge for NDIS participants

Minister Shorten said the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is implementing an operational plan to reduce the time taken for participants to be discharged from hospital.

Local MP chairs inquiry into NDIA

An inquiry will be held into the Geelong-based National Disability Insurance Agency, which runs the NDIS.  Corangamite MP Libby Coker is the chair of federal parliament’s Joint Standing Committee, which will be running the inquiry.  She said it would be looking into how to identify and improve the NDIS operations, focussing on its capability and culture.

Inquiry to probe NDIA’s ‘capability and culture’

It will focus on the “operational processes and procedures” employed by the NDIA, as well as the “nature of staff employment”, and the impact this has on the “experiences of people with disability and NDIS participants trying to access information, support and services from the agency”.

Climate change disasters are a disability rights issue. Here’s why.

But while race and income have been commonly used as factors in predicting climate change vulnerability, there is another specific form of risk that’s vital to recognize, too: that of disabled people.

Disabling the disabled

People living with a disability are waiting 160 days on average for the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to get them out of hospitals, even though they have been found fit to leave,

Jobs Summit skims over solutions to disability employment

As a person with a disability myself, I can personally argue that one of the greatest barriers to employment is not the abilities of people with disabilities but the attitude of employers.

Only this year did I personally face discrimination in a workplace environment for my disabilities.

A lack of empathy and an unwillingness to adapt and allow leeway for people with disabilities presents a significant challenge.

Government to provide jobs for people with disabilities

Social Services Minister Amanda Rishworth said at the federal government’s jobs and skills summit that it will team up with the Business Council of Australia to establish a disability employment initiative pilot after reaching a memorandum of understanding. “Everyone deserves the dignity of work, and people living with disability, once employed, should also be supported into leadership roles,” she told the summit.

I’m disabled and homeless – yet I’m constantly forced to jump through hoops just to prove I need support

Trying to get a rental property under my own name is a nightmare, because real estate agents don’t like the look of me on paper. I’m on a full disability pension. I’m searching for work – be it casual, part-time or full-time – but it’s hard to hold down a job when you’ve got weekly medical appointments. And with no employment or rental history, you can’t secure a rental property.