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Disability Ambassador to be Appointed

Australia will appoint an ambassador to advocate for people with disability in the developing world. The Minister for International Development, Melissa Parke, announced the creation of the position of Australian Ambassador for Disability-Inclusive Development on Monday. Ms Parke said the person, who would be appointed in coming weeks, would ensure people with disability were included … Continued

First Impressions of a Brand New Scheme

Closing date: July 29, 2013

Three weeks after the launch, Dr George Taleporos reviews DisabilityCare Australia’s glossy brochures and sexy website. He also speaks to one of its first participants and asks the Minister for Disability Reform, Jenny Macklin, for her first impressions about the implementation of Australia’s most significant reform to disability services in our history. As a long … Continued

NDIS Levy to Kick in Before Scheme

Taxpayers will begin paying the national disability insurance scheme’s Medicare levy rise in July next year, four years before it fully launches in 2018. The half-percentage point levy increase to 2 per cent will raise more money in its first year than the commonwealth will spend on the scheme through to at least 2016. The … Continued

Blind and Vision-impaired Workers Protest in Kensington

Blind and vision-impaired workers say they fear they will be out of work if Vision Australia goes ahead with a plan to its close warehousing units. Simultaneous protests were held today outside Vision Australia Enterprises in Kensington and Coorparoo, in Brisbane. The department provides manual labour work, including packaging, labelling and assembling, for blind people … Continued

Army Aviator Now First Double Amputee Pilot with Flying Doctors

Army pilot Glenn Todhunter lay in the wreck of his crashed plane, bleeding from his legs. He looked down and saw his feet were an unrecognisable mass of blood and tissue. He saw fuel leaking from the plane and, trying to pull himself from his seat, felt a ”tearing sensation”. He believes that was his … Continued

Host of Problems at Home in Crisis

Timewell Crescent in Boronia is home to some of Victoria’s most severely intellectually disabled people. Run by the state’s biggest non-government residential care service, Yooralla, the house has been in crisis for several years. Poor management and inadequate staffing have enabled residents to violently assault each other or disappear from the premises unsupervised for hours. … Continued

Finalists Announced for National Disability Awards

Australia’s first ever fully accessible theatre performance for deaf, blind, sighted and hearing audiences, an apprenticeship employment program for people with disability and an iPad and iPhone application that personalises care needs for use by all people with disability are among the finalists in this year’s National Disability Awards. Minister for Disability Reform Jenny Macklin, … Continued

Commissioner Innes Appointed to ALRC

Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Graeme Innes AM has been temporarily appointed to the Australian Law Reform Commission to support the inquiry into Legal Barriers for People with Disabilities. Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus QC today formally referred the inquiry, which will consider whether Commonwealth laws and legal frameworks create barriers to people with disability exercising their rights and … Continued

The Other Film Festival goes to New York

The Other Film Festival presents a unique program of films at UN HQ New York during the United Nations’ Sixth Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities This July, the world’s leading disability film festival, Australia’s own THE OTHER FILM FESTIVAL, will present a specially-curated program … Continued

Launch of World-first Technology to Enable Blind and Vision Impaired Australians to Enjoy Live Theatre

From today, a cutting-edge new app will enable people who are blind or vision impaired to enjoy live theatre by providing high-quality audio descriptions on their mobile devices, including smart phones and tablets. Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers Amanda Rishworth today launched the GoTheatrical! mobile app, developed by award-winning Australian company The Captioning Studio, … Continued

Limit on Mobility Scooters at Commonwealth Games Blasted as “Outrageous”

Plans to place a limit on the number of mobility scooters allowed into Commonwealth Games venues is outrageous and discriminatory, according to the lobby group for seniors. Media outlets have today reported that the Queensland Government is concerned about overcrowding at the Commonwealth Games and is considering implementing news laws which allow venue management to … Continued

DisabilityCare Australia and Complaints

Disability Services Commissioner will provide an independent complaints process to participants of the Barwon DisabilityCare Australia Launch from 1 July 2013. We are pleased that the current safeguards in Victoria will be maintained for participants of the Barwon DisabilityCare Australia (DCA) Launch. From 1 July 2013, the Disability Services Commissioner will provide an independent complaints … Continued

Deaf mothers sues Department of Human Services after baby dies from SIDS

A Deaf mum who says her newborn daughter died because she was forced to co-sleep with her is suing the Department of Human Services. The heartbroken mother, who can’t be named for legal reasons, carries her baby’s ashes with her as a reminder of her “little angel”. Her baby was just seven weeks old when … Continued

3CR Disability Day 2012

To celebrate International Day for People with Disabilities, 3CR broadcast 12 hours of disability related programs.  These are now available as podcast for download on the 3CR website.