News 23 June 2015

Crowd cheers for NDIS kick off event

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.

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News 19 June 2015

Changing attitudes about disability employment changes lives

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.

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Opinion 18 June 2015

Why disability advocacy matters under the NDIS

Since we all celebrated the first launch sites for the National Disability Insurance Scheme one of the biggest sources of uncertainty that has emerged is what will happen to disability advocacy services in this mix.

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News 18 June 2015

Bam! Big Bang Theory’s star response to the autism question

When asked the inevitable question about whether the Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper is autistic, actress Mayim Bailik’s answer floored the audience.

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News 16 June 2015

Top seven tips for cashing in on the disability traveller

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.

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News 15 June 2015

Looping you in to more info on the NDIS

A new information source on the NDIS has just been launched by one of the partners who initiated the Every Australian Counts campaign. We spoke to ADFO CEO, Matt Wright to find out more.

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Opinion 9 June 2015

Every Australian Counts: Exploring Psychosocial Disability and the NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has great potential to improve the lives of people with psychosocial disability associated with mental illness. If we are to meet the needs of these people, however it is absolutely crucial that we get the broad architecture of the scheme right.

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News 5 June 2015

Kick off with Every Australian Counts!

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.

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Opinion 27 May 2015

Lived experience

I’m sitting on the back deck of our humble home in Melbourne’s outer east, with my laptop, looking into the large backyard my nieces and nephews refer to as “the park”. Every time I sit here I can’t help thinking of the Creedence lyrics “Doo, doo, doo lookin’ out my backdoor”.

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News 27 May 2015

Jobs boost or just another inquiry?

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?

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News 26 May 2015

Fixing the Housing Crisis: smart thinking is good business

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.

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News 26 May 2015

Social housing: “the biggest single unsolved problem for NSW infrastructure”

Housing was again on the agenda in Sydney today with two former Premiers leading a forum to look at what’s stopping the provision of affordable and social housing in NSW.

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News 21 May 2015

Australian schools letting down our kids

A national survey of parents of children with disability shows an education system in crisis.

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News 19 May 2015

Early rollout in Western Sydney a reality

Today the NSW Government made good on their election promise and signed an agreement to kick off the NDIS in Penrith and the Blue Mountains a year ahead of schedule. 

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News 18 May 2015

And the NDIS citizens’ jury verdict is…

Earlier this year the national advocacy organisation People With Disability Australia convened a Citizens’ Jury of people in the NDIS trial sites to hear first hand from those experiencing the roll out of the NDIS. The results show strongly that the scheme is working – finally giving people with disability a say in their own futures and supporting them to live their lives how they choose. The jury also offers a host of recommendations on how to make the NDIS even better.

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News 18 May 2015

Enjoying Sydney’s live music

Newly launched Gig Buddies is helping adults with learning disabilities and autism attend live music in venues across Sydney.

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News 14 May 2015

2015 Budget launches disability employment package

Many people with disability are keen to work but finding the right job and overcoming discrimination can be a challenge. Will new measures for disability employment announced in the budget be enough?

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News 14 May 2015

Budget 2015: more support for carers

There are 2.7 million Australians providing care for one or more family members or friends, including people with disability – navigating their way through what can be a confusing and time consuming labyrinth of government departments.

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News 12 May 2015

2015 Budget – NDIS roll-out funded in budget

John Della Bosca, Every Australian Counts Campaign Director said “The Abbott Government’s strong support for the NDIS cannot be questioned. They are funding the NDIS and in doing so transforming the lives of people with disability.

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News 12 May 2015

NDIS Step 2: Meet the planners

The NDIS will give people with disability more choice about how they live their lives, what services they need and who delivers those services. The NDIS Planners are there to support people with disability plan for a better future. Here’s how the planning system works under the NDIS.

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