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Caytlyn Sharp is becoming a leader for athletes with an intellectual disability in Australia

Success is common for Terang track and field athlete Caytlyn Sharp. But what the 16-year-old is now doing off the track is driving her to make other athletes with an intellectual disablity successful in their sports.

8 November 2018 - Read more


New cafe to upskill people with disabilities

A new cafe supporting people with disabilites has opened in Katherine. The first of its kind in the region, Equalitea will provide hands on training for people to become skilled in hospitality. 

8 November 2018 - Read more


Invictus Games: Unconquered

The fourth Invictus Games being held in Sydney this week are shining a light on the issues facing wounded, injured and ill active service members and veterans. Five hundred competitors from 18 nations – including our 72-member Australian team – are inspiring the nation as they compete in 11 medal sports – united by the power of sport and the unconquerable human spirit. With three days of competition to go, there’s plenty of great action to come in wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, archery and athletics. All the action, excitement and emotion is being streamed live on ABC iview and on the ABC TV and iview social channels so everyone, no matter where they are in Australia or overseas, can embrace the Invictus Games Sydney.

25 October 2018 - Read more


First Aussie to land a wheelchair backflip inspires others with a disability to live life to the full

Timothy Lachlan lives to the full his belief that you don’t let disability hold you back - ever. 
“And if you think you can’t do something, there is always a way to achieve it by adapting your equipment and the task,” is his advice to others with a disability.

24 October 2018 - Read more


South Australians launch campaign to keep Disability SA

The Marshall State Government recently announced their intention to privatise disability services in supported community accommodation.

23 October 2018 - Read more


How refugees are filling staffing shortage in care sector

There were tears in her eyes as Nancy Pattinson described the participants in a program she runs through the Migrant Resource Centre North, Jobs for Migrants in Aged Care and Disability.

20 October 2018 - Read more


Children modelling at All Abilities Fashion Show to break down disability stigma

The show will be hosted by Living Life to the Maks, a clothing line founded by Melissa Petrilli and inspired by her son Maksim, who has Pfeiffer’s syndrome: a rare genetic disorder that affects the skull’s normal growth.

19 October 2018 - Read more


ICYMI: this week's arts news round up

From going carbon neutral to axed and appointed directors, money for arts and disabilities and three years of a silo project wrapped – we summarise the week's art news.

4 October 2018 - Read more


Unlocking the door to stop disability discrimination

Physical Disability Australia (PDA) penned an open letter to the premier that said there were over 540 public toilets fitted with Master Locksmith Access Key (MLAK) locks across NSW. “Roughly one in six public wheelchair accessible public toilets are inaccessible to those who do not have an MLAK or who can’t use them because they lack the physical ability to do so,” the letter said.

1 October 2018 - Read more


Audio of carers mistreating teen highlights widespread abuse of people with disabilities

An audio recording obtained by the ABC has exposed the shocking mistreatment of a boy with an intellectual disability in a NSW group home.

28 September 2018 - Read more


Cardboard box not appropriate transition: Tasmanian Disability Education Reform Lobby

A disability advocate has called for more accountability for schools that establish inadequate adjustments for students with disabilities. Tasmanian Disability Education Reform Lobby founder Kristen Desmond said more consequences should be in place for schools after it was revealed a girl enrolled in a Northern Tasmanian school had a sensory tent removed from her classroom and replaced with an opened-up cardboard box.

27 September 2018 - Read more


After meeting someone just like him, this boy learned to accept his disability 

Jayce Crowder began noticing when he was in kindergarten that he looked different from his classmates. They had two hands. He had one.

23 August 2018 - Read more


How Google has stepped up its efforts to make its own tech more accessible to the disabled 

A group of Google employees, including Allen (center), prepare to give product demonstrations at an Assistive Technology Industry Association conference.

18 August 2018 - Read more


Redesigning the role of disability support practitioners

It is hoped a collaborative project between leading disability providers will redesign the role of disability support practitioners, helping to increase choice and control for customers and improve the effectiveness and job satisfaction of workers.

16 August 2018 - Read more


Why disability matters for Australian businesses

New research released today as a part of the Australian Government's Employ Their Abilitycampaign helps us answer that question. It shows 77 per cent of Australian employers are open to hiring people with disability. The same percentage agrees that their workforce should represent the diversity in their community by including people with disability.

26 July 2018 - Read more


A club to share information

Getting support with your NDIS is great as social outings can be included but did you know there is a free social network for the disability sector?

You are welcome to join the My Disability Matters (MDM) community no matter what type of disability you have whether it is permanent or temporary or you are a supporter of disability issues and equality and connected to the disability community in some way.

28 July 2018 - Read more


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