The Tokyo games of 1964 represented the first use of the term ‘Paralympics’.
Australian Paralympic Committee
The Paralympic Games started off as a way to motivate and rehabilitate returned servicemen and women after the second world war, and has evolved tremendously since then.
Many para-athletes have different degrees of disability. So how to level the playing field?
Australian Paralympic Committee
With so many athletes with different abilities and disabilities, the first challenge is to make sure there is fair play at the paralympics.
Is there an ongoing ambivalence toward people living with disabilities?
Today's violence and prejudice against people with disabilities goes back to the practice of institutionalization, which started in Europe and the United States a century ago.
The achievements of the Paralympians, and societal shift towards more inclusivity and the celebration of diversity, has had a dramatic effect on the lives of people living with disability.
Aaron Pedersen as Cam Delray in Jack Irish. In 1999, Pederson was one of two Indigenous actors on Australian TV.
Indigenous representation in TV dramas has surged, but other culturally diverse groups are still under-represented on screen.
Under the NDIS there are risks for the carers people with a disability employ.
The roll out of the NDIS means disability service providers and the people they employ are exposed to more market forces and this could result in protection for workers.
In some people AMD progresses so slowly that people do not notice the change in their vision.
Macular degeneration affects the part of the eye that allows you to see fine detail. Age-related macular degeneration is the main cause of blindness in Australia.
Rhonda Galbally and Bruce Bonyhady were both instrumental in the creation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Alan Porritt and Julian Smith (AAP)
Andrew Dodd talks to Rhonda Galbally and Bruce Bonyhady about their role in setting up the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
The cast of Twelfth Night rehearse at the Belvoir St Theatre.
Belvoir St Theatre's production of Twelfth Night features veteran actor Keith Robinson, who returns to the stage after recovering from Guillain-Barre Syndrome. There's radical potential in cross-mobility casting – but Belvoir doesn't quite get there.
An emerging model for enabling people with disability to live to full capacity is through the use of social impact bonds.
Healthy, engaged people and communities will be crucial for a prosperous future for New South Wales. Here are four areas of policy focus that will help achieve that.
In a study, children with disability reported being insulted and physically abused while at school.
Students with disability are experiencing a range of harms in schools, and teachers are struggling to support students with increasingly complex needs.
Disability service providers face considerable challenges in the new, market-based environment.
The NDIS's aspiration of providing user choice and control represents considerable challenges to disability service providers.
The individual centred NDIS model can help service providers ensure their dealings with Indigenous Australians are culturally appropriate.
The NDIS provides an opportunity to address the shortfalls of the former institutionalised service system, some of which uniquely impact Indigenous Australians.
Homeless people are more likely to miss out on NDIS support.
Many people eligible for the NDIS are likely to miss out on its benefits. These groups include people who don't think they have a disability and those who don't know about the NDIS and how to apply.
The NDIS poses many more challenges to parents with children newly diagnosed with developmental delay.
Informal early support through intervention programs helps parents understand their child's newly diagnosed disability. But what will happen when, under the NDIS, these services no longer exist?
Choice and control reflect the first principle of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with a Disability.
Society hasn't always seen people with disabilities as having the same rights at everyone else. So how did we get to the NDIS, which offers people with disabilities with choice and control?
The NDIS brings seismic changes to disability support in Australia.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme has been heralded as the most significant reform since Medicare. So what is it again, how will it work and how can you apply to get funding?
How soft robotics could help paralysed people walk again without the need for clunky equipment.
Emilia Clark and Sam Claflin in Me Before You.
British rom-com Me Before You has topped the box office in the UK and is about to reach Australia. It has all the clichés of feel-good romance (including a castle), but it has also been labelled a 'disability snuff movie'.
Students with disabilities face massive physical and attitudinal hurdles.
Students with disabilities find that they must accommodate themselves to institutional contexts which they find profoundly disabling.