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Opinion 18 May 2020

The Federal Court decision to fund sexual supports – and what it means for for all NDIS participants

Last week, the Federal Court of Australia sent a clear message to the National Disability Insurance Agency. And that message was – if an NDIS participant needs a support because of their disability, the NDIS must fund it. 

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Opinion 6 May 2020

COVID-19 contingency planning: everything actually worked!

Someone in my home got the dreaded phone call last week – he’d been exposed to COVID-19 and needed to self-isolate. And to my extreme shock, all our contingency plans actually worked as intended!

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Opinion 20 April 2020

Disability, health and the coronavirus: Why action is urgently needed

We all have stories to share about when the medical system has let us down. But people with disabilities have more than the average person.

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Opinion 20 December 2019

A big AAT win for Jake – and all NDIS participants with complex needs

Advocates from VALID have shared the story of an important win at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for Jake, a young man with complex support needs. Here’s what the AAT agreed to.

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Opinion 5 December 2019

Housing for people with disabilities: what needs to happen

Today our good friend Dr George Taleporos will give evidence to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability at their hearings in Melbourne.

We asked Dr George what he planned to tell the Commission – and what he thinks needs to change when it comes to housing for people with disability.

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Opinion 3 December 2019

A quick catch up with Carleeta on International Day

Today is International Day of People with Disability. The purpose of the day is to promote understanding of the issues facing people with disability, and to push for change.

We don’t often hear from people who use different forms of communication on this day. So we thought this was a good chance to ask our Champion Carleeta what she has been up to lately.

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Opinion 2 December 2019

A quick catch up with Benjamin on International Day

Tomorrow is International Day of People with Disability. The purpose of the day is to promote understanding of the issues facing people with disability, and to push for change.

We don’t often hear from young people with disability on this day. So we thought this was a good chance to ask our Champion Benjamin what he has been up to lately, and what he would like to see change for young people in this country.

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Opinion 5 November 2019

It’s time to get young people out of nursing homes

Last week the Royal Commission on Aged Care released their interim report. The report was long and there was a lot to take in, so we asked our good friend George Taleporos at the Summer Foundation to cast his eye over it and tell us what we needed to know.

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Opinion 9 July 2019

“I know what red tape is”. Self advocates tell the PM a few home truths

A couple of weeks ago the Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the new Minister for the NDIS Stuart Robert held a meeting with a small group of people with disability and their families in western Sydney.

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Opinion 21 May 2019

Becoming visible: A chat with Ricky Buchanan

How is the NDIS working for people who can’t leave their homes?

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Opinion 2 May 2019

“We deserve to be heard”: An open letter about the NDIS by Melissa Norman

“My name is Melissa Norman, I am 23 years old and I’m writing this letter to highlight the problems people with disabilities experience on the NDIS.”

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Opinion 25 March 2019

Are we getting action – or just more talk?

At the end of last week the Federal Minister for Social Services Paul Fletcher announced a new government action plan to get young people out of aged care.

So what is in the plan, what does it have to do with the NDIS – and what will it mean for young people currently trapped in facilities around the country?

George Taleporos from the Summer Foundation explains it all for us.

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Opinion 21 May 2018

Autism and the NDIS – what is going on?

There has been a great deal of media coverage during the last week about NDIA plans to review the guidelines which govern access to the NDIS. In particular whether or not they plan to change the guidelines relating to people with autism.

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Opinion 17 May 2018

NDIS review system can no longer be ignored

The Commonwealth Ombudsman has released a report on the administration of NDIS reviews. Among other things, it noted that as of February 2018 there were 8,100 reviews on hand, and a further 620 new review requests each week.

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Opinion 4 May 2018

Disability advocates alarmed as the NDIA breaks its silence on disability housing

You may have missed it last week with all the fuss about the government’s decision to walk away from the increase to the Medicare Levy to fund the NDIS, but the National Disability Insurance Agency finally broke its silence on the future direction of disability housing in the NDIS.

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Opinion 9 April 2018

The AAT and why what they say is important

Many people don’t know where to turn when they have a problem with the NDIS. Sam Paior from The Growing Space explains what happens when an NDIS review goes the next step – to the AAT – and why we should all be paying close attention to why those AAT decisions are so important.

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Opinion 1 March 2018

25 years on – the Disability Discrimination Act

Disability Discrimination Commissioner Alastair McEwin talks about the Disability Discrimination Act (the DDA) today, on it’s 20th anniversary

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Opinion 22 November 2017

Don’t screen out our humanity

The idea of screening genetic conditions has become part and parcel of having children for many Australian couples. The recent push by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute for

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Opinion 28 October 2017

Choice and Control Under Threat: Victoria must listen to people with disability and stay true to the principles of the NDIS

Choice and control is one of the fundamental principles of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. We must be vigilant to ensure that this important principle is not lost in the rollout.

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Opinion 29 May 2017

Exciting and challenging times…

Over the past 2 ½ years I have spoken with thousands of people with disability, their families and carers, advocates and support workers sharing information, knowledge and experience about all things NDIS. These discussions have highlighted issues, anxieties, problems and frustrations but also options, possibilities, developments and opportunities for the future. I have loved my role as Community Educator for the Every Australian Counts campaign; it is something I feel very proud and privileged to have been a part of and these are exciting and challenging times.

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