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Disability support worker shortage leads to 20yo autistic man being put in hospital

A 20-year-old autistic man has been “languishing” in a country hospital for nearly a month because his family cannot find suitable skilled support workers. Ryan Croft’s family said they had to admit him to Bunbury Hospital because they could not find the right support for his destructive and sometimes violent behaviour.

Kate Toholka starts Disabled Mums group for fellow mothers living with disabilities

Disabled Mums is described as a different type of mothers’ group. The growing online community is a safe space for mums with disabilities to connect and bond over parenthood journeys. Founder Kate Toholka has navigated living with a disability since she was a child and created Disabled Mums due to the difficulty of finding support … Continued

Advocates say people with disability are increasingly ‘forgotten’ in emergency planning

After being evicted from her short-term accommodation to make way for tourists, flood victim Margaret was left with nowhere else to go. “I would have been homeless, living out of my car with two dogs,” the 79-year-old said. After panicking all afternoon about where she would end up, Margaret, who asked that her surname not … Continued

Disabled Victorians to have access to 20 free rapid antigen tests a day

Australian of the Year Dylan Alcott has applauded the “amazing” decision by the Victorian government to give people with a disability access to free rapid antigen tests.

From Saturday people on the Disability Support Pension or National Disability Insurance Scheme will be able to go to any testing centre and get up to 20 rapid antigen tests per day.

Changes ahead for LACs and ECEI partners

On March 15th, the NDIA published a new tender for their Partners in the Community (PITC) program, which encompasses Local Area Coordinators (LAC) and Early Childhood Partners (ECP). The tender documents make it clear that the PITC program, for better or for worse, is going to look very different in the future.

Disability advocates forced to turn people away as appeals to NDIS cuts grow

For months now we’ve been hearing of stories of people on the NDIS who’ve had their support funding cut. That’s sent thousands to the appeals tribunal – where people with disability and their loved ones are often forced to go up against government employed barristers to plead for their funding to be reinstated. Disability advocates say there are now so many appeals cases – they’ve had to turn people who’d they’d usually be able to help, away.

Disability sector demands inclusive disaster preparedness

A coalition of 40 disability rights and advocacy organisations has endorsed an open letter to politicians running in the 2022 election, that demands a new approach to ensuring better safety and wellbeing for people living with a disability during natural disasters.

Parliament passes important NDIS legislation to improve participant experience

The Australian Government has today delivered the most significant improvements to participant experience since the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was established in 2013. Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the passage of the NDIS Amendment (Participant Service Guarantee and Other Measures) Bill 2021 will reduce red tape and increase flexibility for participants, their families and carers.

$100 million to uphold the rights of people with disability

The Morrison Government will invest $100 million over three years to ensure people with disability continue to have access to advocacy and legal support.  From 1 July 2022, more than $73 million in grants will enable 59 organisations across Australia to deliver the National Disability Advocacy Program (NDAP).  Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston said the program provided people with disability access to advocacy services to promote their interests and protect their welfare.

Budget changes little for people with disability

The 2022 federal budget carries little fundamental change for Australians living with a disability, or the sector working with them.  

The devaluation of Disabled lives

Ann Marie Smith died in abject circumstances, at the hands of her carer in the middle-class Adelaide suburb of Kingston Park. Her killing raises questions about the way our society treats the Disabled, in life and in death. .