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Old age is often associated with a reduction in abilities and the denial of human rights. shutterstock

Do the ravages of age create a case for UN protection?

The reluctance by many to accept or even debate the intersection between old age and disability highlights how society struggles to construct differences in ability.
Despite the signing of agreements with NSW and Victoria to roll out the NDIS, many people with disability will still need much better supported housing options. AAP/Lukas Coch

Bringing the NDIS home: smarter housing design for people with disability

As the NDIS roll-out begins, Australia faces a housing shortfall affecting up to 122,000 participants. Developing smart technology and design offers more independent living for people with disability.
Cerebral palsy can involve skeletal deformities, muscle stiffness or weakness and uncontrolled movements. arindambanerjee/Shutterstock

Explainer: what causes cerebral palsy and can it be prevented?

The single diagnosis of cerebral palsy covers a wide range of conditions with many different contributing factors that interact in varying ways.
A board shake-up offers the Abbott government the opportunity to be visionary through implementing the NDIS’s spirit and intent. shutterstock

Stop, go back, the NDIS board shake-up is going the wrong way

The NDIS is a social policy reform that, at its heart, requires an understanding of the lived experience of people with disability.
Nursing homes are not set up or resourced to facilitate the independence of younger residents. The Summer Foundation

Nursing homes are no place for young people with disabilities

More than 7,000 young Australians with disabilities are forced to live in nursing homes because they're unable to find suitable accommodation that meets their needs. But this may be about to change.
He is in a wheelchair, she has multiple sclerosis, but their neighbours know Grzegorz and Magda as a loving couple. Flickr/Dominik Golenia/In sickness and in health

Love and disability: ‘inter-ability relationships’ conquer stereotypes

Our notions of what makes a person a desirable 'love interest' are often superficial and involve an element of deception. For someone with a severe disability, finding love is even more complicated
Makies was the first company to respond to the #ToyLikeMe social media campaign. Image courtesy of MyMakie

Disability and dolls: #ToyLikeMe is a mark of progress

Makies, the #toyslikeme campaign and the broader focus on disability in digital spaces show we are in the midst of a significant shift towards an inclusive world view of disability.

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