It’s two years since the National Disability Scheme (NDIS) trial site started in the Hunter and a year after it kicked off in the ACT, so we spoke to one of the large disability providers in both trial sites to find out how they think it’s going and what they’ve learned so far.
A five-year review of the accessibility of Australia’s public transport networks found that 10 years after the first disability transport standards were first introduced, there’s still plenty more to do.
On Monday, 13 July a new television show made by young people with disability at Dandenong based service provider Wallara will screen on Channel 31. It’s an exciting new way of sharing the stories of people with disability and for the people behind the new channel, it’s only the beginning. Every Australian Counts spoke to Wallara’s Digital Communications Manager, Jay Pinkster to find out more.
In the last week we have seen the roll out of the NDIS in western Sydney, an extension of the trial in WA and most other trial sites marking significant milestones. Best of all, more than 13,600 people are now in the Scheme and express high levels of satisfaction with how it is transforming their lives.
The Every Australian Counts NDIS Kick Off event kicks off at 10.30am today and you can be part of the action by watching it live, commenting on the live streaming or jumping onto Twitter with #NDISkicksoff.
A new online program has just been launched by the good folk at My Choice Matters which aims to give people with disability and their families all the tools they need to prepare for the changes coming under the NDIS.
Over 800 people have registered to attend the Every Australian Counts kick off event so it’s pretty fortunate the team booked a big venue! Register now if you want to be a part of the fun and learn more about the NDIS.
Disability employment does seem to be firmly on the national agenda, with both the Human Rights Commission and the Federal Government looking into how we can get more people with disability that want to work, into jobs. The Commission has also just produced a new guide to help employers understand their obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act.
There’s no reason all Australians shouldn’t be able to live the dream and travel – whether it be on safari in Africa, or interstate to see a sporting event. While it can sometimes be more logistically challenging for people with disability, there are simple ways the travel industry can help.
If you live in Sydney or the Blue Mountains and would like to learn more about the National Disability Insurance Scheme, join Every Australian Counts and special guests at Penrith Panthers on 1 July, 10.30am.
The Government says it wants to get more people with disability into jobs – so they have the same lifestyle choices as all Australians. They’re working on a new “Disability Employment Framework” to change the situation. What exactly is a “framework” and what role can the NDIS play?
Earlier this year we asked people to share their housing frustrations, their housing dreams and their housing solutions. 650 people answered the call, as did housing organisations. Here’s our second instalment in what the housing sector sees as the solution to disability housing.