People with disability more vulnerable to climate change

People with disability have the ‘right to the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms’, in accordance with Australia’s international obligations under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The increased occurrence and severity of extreme weather events occasioned by climate change, as the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) … Continued

Eleven dead after early morning fire destroys holiday home for people with disabilities in France

Officials said the fire broke out at 6:30am (local time) at the house in Wintzenheim, near the German border, and firefighters quickly put it out. “We think we have located the 11 bodies,” a firefighter told Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne as she visited the site of the incident. Eight bodies have been found and three more were thought to have been located under the rubble.

COVID-19 disabled everyone, disabled people knew what to do.

“Most of the changes we need to make to be safe during a pandemic were already part of my day-to-day life. I realized how much wisdom, skill, and resourcefulness I had gained because of my disability long before the pandemic. As a disabled person, I already had the skills, the mindset, and the knowledge to survive this.

Locked in: Moving on COVID action for people with disability

When COVID-19 arrived on Australian shores in 2019, people with disability knew that they would be adversely affected.  But their very real concerns were ignored which heightened the level of fear and sense of helplessness.  From the outset, governments and service providers failed to consider what might be needed to keep people with disability safe.  In frustration, disability peak bodies joined together to endorse an Open Letter to the National Cabinet outlining what immediate action was required.  We’re now nearly 3 years on and so many issues raised have only been tinkered with at the edges. In this session, Disability Advocate El Gibbs facilitates a panel discussion with sector leaders.

Living with a disability during the pandemic

Many have admitted the pandemic impacted their wellbeing and financial capabilities. Already present with disadvantages, people living with disability face even more restrictions during this period.

Ballina Advocate for People with Disability speaks to the United Nations in New York

Ms Cox says the world continues to collectively experience a global situation of risk, the pandemic continues, armed conflicts, humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters continue to happen. ‘Despite these events, state parties and governments have so much more to do to ensure the protection and safety of disabled people.

Disability community demands inclusive plan for COVID future

“People have experienced a lot of fear, illness, isolation and neglect,” explained Dominic Golding, policy officer at National Ethnic Disability Alliance. “COVID has had a really big impact on where we feel secure and safe.”

Disability services not always suited to digital, report reveals

The Provider Choice research report, COVID-19 and the NDIS, found that for many participants, digital delivery of services was inadequate during the pandemic, and face-to-face was preferred, in a finding that has implications for how people with disability recover now.

EMBER app to help you in an emergency

For people living with disability, the need is greater to plan, act early and be prepared for an emergency. Standing for Emergency Management Backpack Evacuation Resource, EMBER comprises resources and helpful content including emergency backpacks designed to support individuals living with disability gain confidence in what to do when there is an emergency. Australian native characters are used as calming narrators and guides on the planning process through animations and storytelling. Easy English and Braille checklists and information is also available. In addition, The communication board app supports people with no speech as well as offering tools for emergency personnel to help communicate with non-verbal individuals during an emergency.