The golden rule of supporting others is understand first, solve second – most of the time people are looking to feel heard rather than be fixed. And while Claire was struggling and stressing and advocating for her child, even friends – especially friends – were saying all the wrong things.
For the ABC’s National Disability Affairs reporter Nas Campanella, who is blind and lives with a neurological condition, figuring out how to navigate motherhood has been a wild ride.
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
This program reveals the reality of the lives of many Australians with disabilities, who say they’ve been virtually abducted by the state, stripped of their assets, and stopped from speaking out – until now.
The most painful question I’ve been asked is: ‘How could you bring kids into the world when you find it hard looking after yourself?’ I wish I had answered by saying they have no idea what I can and can’t do, but I was so shocked that instead I was silent.
In We’ve Got This, twenty-five parents who identify as Deaf, disabled or chronically ill discuss the highs and lows of their parenting journeys and reveal that the greatest obstacles lie in other people’s attitudes. The result is a moving, revelatory and empowering anthology.
Mrs Bonanno is among an estimated 9 per cent of Australian women of childbearing age who have a disability, but little is known about their health during pregnancy, birth and the first year of motherhood. Researchers from La Trobe University and the Royal Women’s want to change that by improving the way disabilities are identified at maternity hospitals.
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.
The CYP guide is based on the conditions outlined in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (Restrictive Practices and Behaviour Support) Rules 2018 and has been developed “to acknowledge that children and young people with disability require special consideration and safeguarding in order to protect them from harm whilst actively promoting their development and upholding their legal and human rights.”
This podcast series features casual conversations with families of children with disability and/or developmental delay and the professionals they work alongside. The aim is to support and build families’ knowledge, skills and confidence when navigating the early childhood intervention (ECI) landscape. It is also an opportunity for parents to share their individual stories of everyday life in family with a child diagnosed with a disability and/or developmental delay.
How much funding a family receives depends on how well the family can advocate for themselves, how much supporting paperwork they have been able to collect from medical professionals, the level of understanding the random case worker assigned to the family has and how well they communicate the families needs to the funding body the NDIA.
Sue Grier has always worried about what might happen to her autistic son when she dies, but her concerns have grown due to proposed changes to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Babies are being removed at birth from First Nations mothers living with disabilities, the disability royal commission has heard. Giving evidence in Brisbane, Ms Schwartz said she had witnessed the removal of Indigenous babies first hand. “I would call it a heinous practice,” she said.
“We are among the most seriously disadvantaged members of the Australian community, and are also experts on the impact of policies on us,” says First Peoples Disability Network Chief Executive Officer Damian Griffis. “This week, a number of First Nations people with disability will give evidence about the different racist and ableist systems that harm our children.”
Kimberly’s sunny, athletic and inquisitive about everything. But for years she harboured terrible secrets about what happened to her. Janine Fitzpatrick investigates why her school failed to heed credible warnings that she was in danger.