“This is an issue of human rights. People with a disability have the right to seek sexual expression. It is also vital that they remain in control of making decisions about sexual expression.
“To start talking about prostitutes in this really inflammatory way to a shock-jock is something that we wouldn’t expect from the minister,” People with Disability Australia president Samantha O’Connor told SBS News.
Advocates have hit back at the NDIS minister, Stuart Robert, over a “cynical” and “offensive” plan to change the NDIS Act to deny people with disability access to sex worker services through the scheme.
The family of a disabled Brisbane man says he was left without support funding for five weeks after the National Disability Insurance Scheme took months to review his case.
In short, the bar was substantially lowered. Once I started using a wheelchair, well-meaning strangers were praising me just for “being out” and doing the grocery shopping or going to the gym. I can assure you this never happened in my pre-disability days.
If asking nicely has no effect, there’s always behaving badly to fall back on. Alia Hassan and Baroness Campbell gleefully discuss the protests against a 1990s charity telethon which disabled people saw as patronising. It led to the pledge: “Nothing about us, without us” and the less elegant slogan “Piss on pity”. As the disabled are among the hardest hit by austerity measures, the fight for their rights, they warn, isn’t over yet.
As a person who is vision impaired, hearing is a substitute for eyesight in so many contexts. The assumption is that if you are without sight, your other senses must be sharpened. This is, of course, complete nonsense.
I have lived over 50 years with my lifelong disabilities. I thought my understanding of disability was fully formed and realistic. But I think that in the long run, what I will remember most vividly from this pandemic is the lessons I am learning about disabled people and their true place in American society.
If you live with disability, sexual intimacy can become less straightforward and, if the barriers are significant enough, you might need some assistance from trained professionals. The NDIS has sought to change its rules to invalidate a Federal Court decision that granted one woman living with MS the ability to use NDIS funding to pay for sex workers. This discussion has thrown a spotlight on the rights and sexual needs of people with disability.
Managing this neurological condition can be really tiring and difficult. But Zoe and Fergal have their own ways of dealing with it. Zoe wants us to know that having Tourette’s isn’t all funny, while Fergal finds giving it a nickname helpful.
This guide explains what a restrictive practice is, assists in identifying each regulated restrictive practice and provides practice advice consistent with a positive behaviour support framework and contemporary evidence informed practice, with the intention to reduce and eliminate the use of restrictive practices.
As a proud person with a disability, El Gibbs has spent her career communicating and amplifying the voices of the disability community during times of crisis and triumph. She’s this week’s Changemaker.
Advocacy groups say the commission must recognise that segregation of people with disability is discrimination and a breach of human rights under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (of which Australia is a signatory).
The NDIS Quality & Safeguards Commission (NDIS Commission) recently released the Regulated Restrictive Practices Guide V1 – October 2020 (RP Guide). This is a welcome document from the NDIS Commission as it provides the much-needed clarity on previously grey areas of policy and practice.
More than 4 million Australians live with a disability and they all have a story to tell. The ABC is partnering with International Day of People with Disability to tell a range of stories by and about people with disability across ABC Online, Radio, TV and iView.