As a teenager, Judy went to summer camp and found a community of other disabled kids with high expectations like her. Together they became a generation of disability rights activists who changed the world; staging sit-ins and protests to introduce a slew of radical changes from wheelchair accessible bathrooms and buses, to demanding sign language interpreters. Judy was later invited to join both President Clinton’s and President Obama’s administrations, and she became the World Bank’s first adviser on disability and development.
This video introduces 6 keystones for understanding disability. By putting them in place, we can work together for a more inclusive and equitable society.
Families are furious after private details of vulnerable Victorians with disabilities were at the centre of a massive privacy bungle.
Ms Smith’s death sparked numerous investigations and reviews, including by police, the state government and the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission. The NDIS Commission’s independent investigation led to 10 recommendations, including that vulnerable NDIS participants should have multiple carers.
“We grow up learning that ‘disabled’ is a bad thing. It’s something you don’t want to be, that to call yourself that is somehow defeatist, that you should be trying to overcome it rather than embracing it,” Britt says. “And so I think it’s really, really cool to have people sharing the things that they love about being disabled or celebrating their bodies or talking about the unique perspectives that it gives them on the world.”
Work is ongoing to better support National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants to take control of the decisions that impact them, and you can see from the great stories in our magazine that the old saying, “No man is an island”, is so true, as we all need a hand now and again.
When Nathan Basha was born, his parents were given three options: to “institutionalise” him, adopt him out or take him home. The decision they made was life changing. “My parents made a pact to do everything they could do to make my life as ordinary as possible,” he said.
Doctors believed hours of auditory therapy a week and a cochlear implant would allow Oliver to learn to hear and speak. “We were told by the majority of our specialists we couldn’t sign with him because it would affect his ability to listen with his ears,” said Mrs Robertson.
This guide has been created to help you put in place some safeguards to ensure the person with disability you care for is properly provided for, if something were to happen to you. It outlines actions carers can take now to ensure safeguards are in place, should the time come when they are no longer able to care for the person with disability.
Australia once rejected ‘feeble-minded’ immigrants. While the language has changed, discrimination remains
The Racial Discrimination Act of 1975 outlawed raced-based discrimination in migration. By contrast, the Migration Act of 1958 is exempt from the provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act, passed in 1992.
This report is the culmination of a three-year national investigation into human rights risks posed by new and emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence. It reflects the Commission’s extensive public consultation regarding the impact of new technologies and contains 38 recommendations.
Mr Fairbairn said he was also usually asked if he had “one of those blade things. People’s perceptions seem to be that all lower-limb amputees must be sports people,” he said.
Surviving my injury wasn’t the only battle I faced. I also had to learn the bureaucracy and confusion that is the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), a scheme supposedly designed to help me.
Sydney University Catholic Society asks students in controversial poll: ‘Are disabled people a burden on society?’
“If their intent was to oppose ableist views in academia, or have positive conversations around disability, they have instead perpetuated academic ableism by literally putting the worth of disabled lives up for public debate.
The Migration Act is one of the few pieces of legislation in Australia where it’s OK to discriminate against people based on their disability. Exact data on how many children are ordered to leave because of their condition is not available, but advocacy groups say they come across about a dozen cases each year.