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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.
Australia needs policies that capitalise on the strengths of people with disability. www.shutterstock.com

People with disability have a lot to offer employers

Instead of trying to help people with disability overcome their limitations, we should be harnessing their strengths in the workplace. This will improve their health and mental well-being.
For a student who is blind, the obvious test adjustment is providing a braille test if they are proficient in braille. Shutterstock

Standardised tests limit students with disability

Standardised tests restrict how well students with disability can do, which reinforces the idea that there are things they can't do that children without disability can.
Detail from Little Big Woman: Condescension, Debra Keenahan, 2017. Designed and made by Debra Keenahan, Photograph by Robert Brindley.

Friday essay: the female dwarf, disability, and beauty

For centuries, women with dwarfism were depicted in art as comic or grotesque fairytale beings. But artists are challenging these portrayals and notions of beauty and physical difference.
Many workplaces do not make reasonable adjustments for disabled employees. Shutterstock

Three charts on: disability discrimination in the workplace

Australia has the highest poverty rate in the OECD for people with a disability. The barriers to, and discrimination in, the workplace are part of the reason.
The Grocon-built 77-apartment Greenwich Fairfield development in Melbourne includes ten apartments for people with disability. Artist's impression, Grocon

How the NDIS is using the market to create housing for people with disability

The NDIS has the resources and mandate to develop a mature market that delivers suitable housing for people with high disability needs, including the more than 6,200 young people now in aged care.
Disability prejudice in the classroom can teach children early on that some lives are more worthy than others. (Shutterstock)

Think disability is a tragedy? We pity you

Two university professors explore their unlikely longtime friendship, providing lessons for parents of both "abled" and disabled children today.
Planning is important for any teen on their way to college – but for those with disabilities, it’s absolutely imperative. NCVO London

Helping your student with disabilities prepare for the future

Numerous measures are in place to help young disabled children thrive, but the transition beyond school can be a difficult one. Here are some tips for families to help their children prepare for life beyond.
Costs of transportation and accessibility are just two factors that increase cost of living for persons with disabilities. Corepics VOF/shutterstock.com

The hidden extra costs of living with a disability

Depending on where you live, having a disability can cost thousands of additional dollars per year. Government programs often don't account for that.
Though challenges like dyslexia can make learning difficult, these disabilities shouldn’t define who you are – or what you can do. Tim Kwee

Learning disabilities do not define us

The story of a six-year-old boy with dyslexia who, with support from friends and teachers, became a successful professor. Now he teaches teachers how to help children like him.
Whether you have a physical disability, mental illness or learning challenge, there are strategies to help you earn your degree. Stocksnap

How to succeed in college with a disability

For many disabled students, college is the first time that they're put to the test of making their own way. The experience can be challenging, but there are strategies to help ease the way.

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