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Funding extensions for disability and carer programmes

The Abbott Government today delivered certainty to thousands of people with disability, carers, families and their advocates by extending funding for a range of programmes transitioning to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator Mitch Fifield, said the Government’s priority was to ensure continuity of services to families and … Continued

McClure Report – An Easy Way Out on Disability

The McClure Report into welfare reform, at first glance, sounds wonderful but the detail does nothing to stop the demonization of marginalised people, writes systemic advocate for inclusive practices,Tricia Malowney who is calling on the Abbott Government for an American style response to equal opportunity.  

NDIS: Warnings privatising scheme could lead to dodgy operators more interested in profit than people

Disability advocacy groups have warned privatising the National Disability Insurance Scheme could lead to a flood of dodgy operators who are more concerned about making a profit than looking after people with disabilities. Two states, New South Wales and Queensland, plan to hand over all responsibility for disability support to charities and companies when the … Continued

Successful, young and living with a disability

I’m a 31-year-old partner at law firm Moores, a co-founder of an online beauty business, and I live each and every day struggling with a disability, writes Catherine Brooks. This is my ‘coming out’ story. Accepting my disability has been a long process. One that will be ongoing for the rest of my life. Because … Continued

Suspected rapist employed by Yooralla despite police probe

March 2, 2015   One of five alleged sexual offenders employed by Victoria’s largest disability provider, Yooralla, worked 32 shifts while being investigated by police on suspicion of repeatedly raping a disabled woman at another disability provider. Fairfax Media can also reveal the overseas worker at the centre of the latest case was hired by … Continued

Finland’s disabled rockers earn Eurovision semi-final spot

Helsinki (AFP) – Middle-aged rock band PKN has won the spot to represent Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest after TV viewers strongly backed the rockers with learning disabilities. Their entry song — a rowdy tirade against the numbing nature of daily chores that clocks only 87 seconds — earned just 10 percent of the … Continued

Disability groups granted temporary funding reprieve

Federal government delays a 40 per cent funding cut to the disability sector amid allegations it was in breach of United Nations convention. The federal government has made a partial backflip on its cuts to disability groups, granting a temporary reprieve to eight bodies whose funding was due to run out on Saturday. Last month … Continued

Vision Australia takes TV networks to the Australian Human Rights Commission

Major television networks are the subject of complaints to be lodged in the Australian Human Rights Commission on Thursday, in action launched by Vision Australia. Vision Australia, which represents the rights of people who are blind or have low vision, is arguing that the networks should provide an audio description service in the same way … Continued

Latest NDIS figures show solid growth

The latest quarterly report for the National Disability Insurance Scheme demonstrates that solid foundations are being built for the Scheme. Senator Mitch Fifield, the Assistant Minister for Social Services, said that more than 11,000 participants now have support plans in place, and $565.3 million has been committed to people with disability to fund the services … Continued

NFPs React to McClure Welfare Review

The Federal Government has released the long-awaited final report of the review of Australia’s welfare system including controversial recommendations around Disability Support Pensions which has had a mixed reaction from the Not for Profit sector. The report recommends a new disability payment which would be restricted to people unable to work more than eight hours … Continued

NDIS: Advocates argue funding cut will make scheme participation difficult for those with intellectual disabilities

Disability groups have warned that people with profound intellectual disabilities risk being ignored by the NDIS when federal funding for seven peak advocacy bodies runs out next month. The peak bodies represent people who are blind, deaf, autistic, have Down syndrome or acquired brain injuries, and people with an intellectual disability. Groups such as Inclusion … Continued

Maroondah’s disabled population struggle to find jobs, training

More than two-thirds of Maroondah residents with disabilities struggle to ­access employment or job training, a report has found. A Maroondah City Council survey of almost 300 ­locals with disabilities found 68 per cent of respondents rated their experiences of accessing training and ­employment as “often difficult” or “can’t access”. The survey, prepared as part … Continued

Rights of people with disabilities cannot be ignored in development agenda, UN experts

“One billion people – 15 per cent of the world’s population – are persons with disabilities, and their rights cannot be ignored,” a group of United Nations human rights experts said today, as they urged negotiators and UN Member States to include rights of such persons in the new development framework. The call came as … Continued

We must keep young disabled people out of nursing homes

The disability, health, housing and aged care sectors must ensure young people with disabilities stay out of aged-care facilities. This week, the community affairs committee started hearings for the Senate inquiry into the lives of some of the most vulnerable, disadvantaged and disabled people in Australia: young people in nursing homes. It has been 10 … Continued