Dealing with the disability benefit system can be highly stressful.
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Perpetual uncertainty and changes to the way disability benefits work take a heavy toll on claimants.
Some thought technology would make braille redundant – but the real threat is a lack of education and resources.
Giving disabled people access to higher education would improve their social mobility.
An Indonesia-Australia collaboration is working to improve inclusion for disabled people in Indonesian schools, including in Islamic institutions.
Nobel laureate David Baltimore of CalTech speaks to reporters at a 2015 summit on the safety and ethics of human gene-editing.
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Ability expectations are what people rely upon as they seek out productive and satisfying lives. They need to be a key part of the debate over gene-editing and other major scientific breakthroughs.
Planning is important for any teen on their way to college – but for those with disabilities, it’s absolutely imperative.
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.
Though challenges like dyslexia can make learning difficult, these disabilities shouldn’t define who you are – or what you can do.
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.
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.
The ADA helped make college possible for disabled students like freshman Christopher Rhoades.
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The Americans with Disabilities Act turns 27 this year. But true equality is still out of reach for many – and it's everyone's responsibility to fulfill the promise of the law.
Some people with disabilities may not require government supports, meaning they wouldn’t have been counted as having a disability in the Census.
The census needs to count people who identify as having a disability, as well as those who require government support.
Many people who are dissatisfied with the scheme have reported they couldn’t find care providers to deliver their funded and approved plans.
The Productivity Commission has described the roll-out to the full scheme as “highly ambitious” and expresses concern it risks not being implemented as intended.
Urine samples can pick up some types of illicit drugs but can’t say whether that drug use affects someone’s ability to look for work.
The proposal to drug test welfare recipients needs to be fine-tuned otherwise the government will be targetting the wrong people and be tied up in legal challenges.
Before the NDIS is rolled out nationally, some major planning problems must be solved.
The greatest beneficiaries of the NDIS will be those with the highest physical and medical support needs. They shouldn't be turned away for knocking on the wrong door.
Independent medical assessments can exacerbate poor health in those with already complex health conditions.
Tightening of eligibility requirements for the disability support pension started before today's release of the McClure report. And the government is already on the wrong track.
Kevin Andrews and the government’s vision for welfare reform depends entirely on whether labour market opportunities will open up to those for whom it has previously been closed.
The interim report of the Review of Australia’s Welfare System, led by former Mission Australia CEO Patrick McClure, is a vexed piece of work. Much in it is commendable and even far-sighted, but there…
Since publication this infographic has been amended. The original version stated the NDIS was scaled back. There are no planned cuts to the funding of the NDIS.
The remaining A$3.5 billion needed to fully fund the NDIS will still need to be found from other sources.
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The announcement that opposition leader Tony Abbott will support a 0.5% increase to the Medicare Levy to fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) takes the politics out of about half the additional…
Certainty of funding is important and that’s why an income tax levy or premium is the way to go.
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While an income tax increase may be hard to sell to some people in the community in the lead-up to a federal election, it’s the right choice for a sustainable National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS…
Government data shows Aboriginal people are twice as likely to have a core activity limitation as non-Aboriginal people.
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Alongside high rates of incarceration, unemployment, homelessness and some of the poorest health outcomes in Australia, Indigenous people’s access and use of disability services is under-representative…
Family members shouldn’t be pressured to take on the caring responsibilities of relatives.
Increasingly, governments rely on family carers to provide aged and disability care services. For many, family care is a demonstration of love and duty, but often there is little choice. The word carer…
The government supports a better disability support policy while making it harder for people to get the disability support pension.
A report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) finds the number of Australians using disability support services is increasing. But it’s uncertain how the government will…