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Human rights report calls for new approach to tackle violence against people with disabilities

"I had a 10-year, very violent relationship with my ex-husband who was also my disability carer," Ms Lee said. 

"That day when the police decided to put an intervention order on him and remove him from the house, I was sent home on my own without anyone considering how I was going to cope."

17 July 2018 - Read more


Increasing employment supports in NDIS plans

Many of us are no doubt aware of Australia’s woeful ranking as 21 out of 29 OECD countries in employment rates for people with a disability. The hope was that the NDIS, alongside other existing systems such as Disability Employment Services (DES) would significantly improve employment outcomes for people with a disability.

9 July 2018 - Read more


Robotics and the disability care sector: Opportunity or threat?

The latest Grand Challenges event delivered in partnership with UNSW Sydney’s Disability Innovation Institute posed an important question – will robots help or threaten disability care? 

UNSW’s Dr Eduardo Benitez Sandoval, Scientia Professor in the faculty of Art and Design, told a packed audience about his passion for social robotics and the socially interactive robots helping people with disability.

13 July 2018 - Read more


3200km charity rally due here later this month

Drivers competing in an annual charity rally to raise money for disability services are pimping their vehicles for this years bash.

The 2018 Great Endeavour Rally is primed to cross the finish line in Yamba on June 23 after eight days of furious driving fun.

4 June 2018 - Read more 


Politicians humbled to meet champion Australian para-athlete

Champion Australian para-athlete and Carcoar native Kurt Fearnley met with some of nation’s most high-profile politicians on Thursday morning, as the Turnbull Government committed $130,000 to the Australian Paralympic Committee.

3 June 2018 - Read more


Concerns for students with disabilities as national report reveals widespread bullying, assaults and suicide taunts

More than 56 per cent of students with disabilities had experienced bullying over a 12-month period, a national survey has found.

6 June 2018 - Read more


NSW government urged to explain delays in building new disability homes 

The Stockton Centre was set to close this year, but now the NSW Government is refusing to even set a timetable on when it will shut and when residents will be given new homes.

28 May 2018 - Read more


Sydney now home to centre for research excellence in neurocognitive disaorders

Neurocognitive disorders are one of the largest unmet challenges in Australian Healthcare with 3000 children born each year with moderate to severe intellectual disability.

29 May 2018 - Read more


Ivory Coast fights stigma with beauty pagbeant for disabled

Cheered on by the audience, a young woman walks onstage in a glittering gown, beaming as she addresses the jury. But this is no ordinary beauty contest -- all 10 contestants are disabled.

28 May 2018 - Read more


Disability employment enterprise to expand with state government funding

Ability Works offers people with a disability a safe, supportive and inclusive working environment.

Workers at the Kew factory are given tasks that suit their needs, such as packing, mail sorting or labelling.
19 May 2018 - Read more


What parents of autistic children want you to know 

The majority of Australians have heard of autism but less than a third actually feel confident interacting with and supporting autistic people and their families.

15 May 2018 - Read more


We can't just leave it to the NDIS to create cities that work to include people with disability 

For the National Disability Insurance Scheme to be successful, our cities will need to change.

Our new research explores the impacts that the NDIS is having on Australia’s cities.

7 May 2018 - Read more


Dialogue in the Dark's 10,000th visitor 

After 10 months of operation at The District Docklands in Melbourne, Dialogue in the Dark™ has welcomed its 10,000th visitor. Dialogue in the Dark™ is a 60 minute immersive tour experience in total darkness where visitors are led through a simulated city by guides who are blind or have low vision.

26 April 2018 - Read more


More job cash for people with disability 

Australians with a disability will get more support to find a job with the federal government announcing $300 million extra for disability employment services.

5 May 2018 - Read more


Disability sector welcomes NDIS funding commitment

The disability sector has welcomed the federal government’s commitment to fully fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme, and called for attention to now be turned to fixing the scheme’s implementation issues.

8 May 2018 - Read more


Mental Health a Budget Winner 

The federal government has made significant investments in mental health in this year’s budget, focused on suicide prevention, protecting older Australians and providing continuity of support for those ineligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

9 May 2018 - Read more


Fully-funded NDIS should be government priority, poll says

The vast majority of Australians view a fully funded national disability insurance scheme as a “top priority” for the federal government, new polling shows.

29 April 2018 - Read more


National benchmarking survey

The National Disability Service Providers Benchmarking Survey giving disability service providers access to vital market intelligence is back! The independent survey administered by AbleInsight is free to participate and an essential resource in supporting more successful transitions to the new NDIS arrangements

27 April 2018 - Read more


NOVA Employment: A new way to recruit 

Finding potential employees with the right skills, a thirst for knowledge and an eagerness to learn can be a difficult task for any business, as well as being time consuming and expensive.

NOVA Employment is changing the way businesses in New South Wales recruit and more importantly keep great staff.

30 April 2018 - Read more


Wheelchairs for kids: spreading a message of hope

The thousands of wheelchairs produced to aid children across the world are a sign of hope despite war and poverty, writes Gerry Georgatos.

29 April 2018 -  Read more


Disabled Surfing Australia kids hit the waves at Moana

28 April 2018 - Read more


Special Olympics Adelaide 2018: National Games for Athletes with intellectual disabilities begins at Adelaide Arena

16 April 2018 - Read more