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We don’t yet know how NDIS participants make trade-offs. Shutterstock

Why more investment in the NDIS may not boost employment

We don't actually know how NDIS participants weigh their personal goals and then make choices about achieving them through services, supports, therapies and interventions.
Facilitated Communication began in Australia in the 1980s. Shutterstock

It’s time to stop exposing people to the dangers of Facilitated Communication

Facilitated Communication began in Australia in the 1980s to help people with disabilities communicate, but it has since been shown to replace the voice of the person with that of the facilitator.

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

The NDIS is set to reshape Australian cities. But to achieve meaningful participation of people with disabilities, urban communities and services will also need to take action.
‘Biomusic’ technology collects autonomic nervous system signals, such as heart rate, through a wearable sensor and maps them to sound. (Shutterstock)

How we can design the music of our emotions

Imagine a collaboratively-designed smartphone app that could provide cues to an autistic individual -- about the emotional state of people they are communicating with.
Practically, it must be recognised that full inclusion can only be achieved through a planned transition. Shutterstock

NSW could lead the way in educating students with a disability

Other states have had recent smaller inquiries, but the NSW inquiry into the education of children with a disability was across all systems, and could lead best practice nationally.
Australia’s rigorous health requirements exclude anyone who might be a threat to public health, or with a condition which could place excessive financial demands on public health or community services. Shutterstock

Visa policy for overseas students with a disability is nonsensical and discriminatory

Overseas students with a disability shouldn't be denied visas on the basis of potential cost to Australia’s community or health services. They are required to pay for these services themselves anyway.
Tackling tough topics from racism and bullying to Indigenous identity and the holocaust, young adult fiction can challenge stereotypes and encourage critical thinking. Pictured here, an illustration from ‘Skim’ by Mariko Tamaki, the fictional diary of a depressed Japanese-Canadian girl. Handout.

Best of young adult fiction: Classic and revolutionary reads for 2018

Five novels for young adults that boldly tackle tough issues - from racism, to Indigenous identity and the Holocaust - to cultivate critical thinking in the classroom and at home.

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