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Rhetoric without responsibility: the NDIS public discourse

you wake up in the morning and wonder how much it costs a taxpayer so you can get out of bed and ready for the morning? I know I do. The last few weeks have not been kind to those with disabilities because we are being turned into commodities, and our dignity is being left behind.

First Nations voices to strengthen NDIS

The involvement of First Nations peoples in developing a strategy for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is more important than ever, as new data shows greater numbers of First Nations peoples accessing the NDIS.

A quest for dignified health care for women with disabilities

Sexual and reproductive health services are often inaccessible to women with disabilities for many reasons, including attitudes from health providers and a lack of physical access. In this story, a woman with disability talks about her experience giving birth and how it drives her activism today.

Some people are ‘disabled’. Others ‘live with’ or ‘have a disability’. Here’s the difference between identity-first and person-first language

“The bottom line is that there are many individuals who prefer person-first language, and many others who choose to use identity-first language — and this is fine,” Dr Mellifont said.  “If someone freely chooses to use person-first language or identity-first language, that’s their right to do so.”

NDIS fails people living with disability

Despite the high levels of spending, people living with disabilities are far from being well provided for under this scheme. A small percentage have managed to traverse the bureaucratic maze to get things such as home assistance, wheelchairs and home modifications that substantially improve their lives. No decent person would begrudge them that, whatever the cost.

It’s the socially created barriers that disable students, not the conditions they live with

The ways educators orientate to disability is crucial to how they ensure students are not excluded from any aspect of educational participation because of the conditions they live with. An educator’s orientation to disability is also just as important when they are designing and delivering inclusive curriculum. Unfortunately, still too many students with disabilities receive inequitable schooling opportunities in Australia.

removing barriers to participation for people with disability

However, these barriers could be avoided if government policies and services were changed to provide the supports and services that would allow people with disability to be equal members of an accessible society.

Robo-debt ‘insights’ to shape NDIS compliance

As senior staff at the National Disability Insurance Agency explain their role in establishing robo-debt, the agency is seeking to expand similar compliance programs targeting people with disability.

Public trustee system under the spotlight

Since its establishment in 2019, the Disability Royal Commission has put the spotlight on the public trustee system, exposing countless cases of people losing control of their lives under the system.  Investigative reporter Anne Connolly has been at the latest hearings and she joined RN Breakfast to discuss.