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Taxi shortage

VIDEO: Millions of Australians living with a disability have no access to public transport.   Wheelchair taxis are an essential service, but in regional Australia they can be difficult to find.

Parents With Intellectual Disability Need More Support

With the right help, parents with intellectual disability can and do learn what it takes to be a good parent. But their efforts to keep their family together can be undermined by disjointed services and the separation of parenting responsibility from disability needs.

Disability employment services sector to be overhauled, with some providers shut down

Social Services Minister Amanda Rishworth said despite warnings, some organisations still failed to provide adequate support for people with a disability. “Poorly performing DES providers were given every opportunity to put measures in place to improve and were aware of the formal review process,” she said.

Struggling disabled job providers culled

More than 15,000 Australians living with disability will be directed to better performing job providers following a major review. About six per cent of the Disability Employment Services program will be discontinued, affecting 52 of 104 providers nationwide due to underachievement.  Eight will be closed altogether.

Quarterly report minus the boring stuff

When a new quarterly report is bestowed upon the NDIS observant and faithful, it provokes a complex set of emotions. The truth is that quarterly reports, like most things in this world, have their pros and their cons.

Financial impact of timely NDIS funding for housing and support

The SDA provider experience report shows there are more than 1,000 vacancies in new, purpose-built homes. The report shows that the vacancies are not due to a lack of demand, but because of issues with the NDIA’s role as ‘market steward’. That includes slow, inaccurate decisions by the NDIA on housing and providing a lack of accurate demand data for example.

NDIS fraud reports reveal the scheme’s weakest points

The most worrying reports include NDIS participants being threatened with violence, extorted or threatened with being involuntarily admitted to a psychiatric facility if they do not agree to hand over their budget entitlement.

The Infantilization of Elders and People With Disabilities

Infantilization is often a form of ableism. This behavior is offensive because it underestimates a person’s cognitive abilities and implies that people with disabilities are invisible, don’t matter, or don’t have anything meaningful to communicate.

People with intellectual disability can be parents and caregivers too – but the NDIS doesn’t support them

Child protection statistics are a sober reminder of the vulnerability these families face if they fall between the cracks of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and mainstream support services. Parenting should be treated as an activity of daily living for people with disability and then supported – rather than ignored – to ensure the best outcomes for parents and children.

NDIS alarm bells must not go unanswered

Then there are the criminals who prefer more of a hands-off approach, using accomplices such as doctors, pharmacists and accountants to exploit loopholes by variously billing for “clients” who don’t exist, padding invoices and charging for services that are never delivered, relying on poor auditing within the NDIS to go undetected.