I’ve often felt that I am friends with people who disagree with my identity. But I don’t have the luxury of cutting off everyone who has offended me. If I were to cancel every person who made an ableist, sexist, Islamophobic, or racist comment pleading ignorance, I would be truly isolated.
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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.
Finding love is always a long shot, but these couples with disabilities are defying all the odds ABC
Hannah said the care her boyfriend provided was something an able-bodied partner may not be able to offer, or even understand. For some love matches, it’s a case of opposites attract but for these couples it is shared experiences of living with disability that helps bind them together.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
People with invisible disabilities like me are routinely disbelieved — and it can have long-lasting effects
I’d bought into the myth I wasn’t “really” disabled and the belief that referring to myself as such — despite the very real, debilitating challenges I navigate each day — was in some way an insult to people who were more visibly disabled.
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.
Through practising disability pride, I’ve learnt there’s nothing wrong with me and I don’t have to accept discrimination
Born with limb difference, like most disabled people, I have experienced stares and unkind comments my whole life. To avoid unwanted attention, I’ve tried to hide my disability.
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.
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.
Minister flags more changes in disability employment overhaul aimed at boosting ‘stubbornly low’ employment rate
An overhaul of the federal government’s controversial Disability Employment Service (DES) could see people with disabilities given more power to rank their job providers.
With only a quarter of public maternity hospitals reporting adequate services for women with disabilities, Ms Benzie says the time is now to implement disability identification – which would lead to a better understanding of the needs of women with disabilities.