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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.
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.
The ADA helped make college possible for disabled students like freshman Christopher Rhoades. AP Photo/Chris O'Meara

Fulfilling the promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act

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.
Under the NDIS there are risks for the carers people with a disability employ. Dave Hunt/AAP

New risks for disability care workers under the NDIS

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.
Living in supported smart technology homes is liberating for young people with disability who would otherwise be trapped in unsuitable nursing homes. Fred Kroh/Summer Foundation

To get young people out of nursing homes, we need to back up the NDIS with housing – here’s how

Thousands of young people with disability who end up in nursing homes lead lives of isolation and boredom. Better and smarter housing finance and support options are at last being developed.
One balloting machine for all voters: universal design is accessible for everyone, with or without disabilities. University of Florida

How universal design can help every voter cast a ballot

In 2012, nearly one-third of voters with a disability had trouble voting. A 2002 law was supposed to fix this problem. New technology may have the answer at last.
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.
State and territory regulators need to start gearing up to meet the growth. Jaren Jai Wicklund/Shutterstock

Four lessons the NDIS must heed to avoid a ‘pink batts’ disaster

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is revolutionising the provision of services to Australians with disabilities. The cornerstone of the scheme is its demand-side reforms: people with disabilities…
Everything provided under the NDIS already has to meet the test of being ‘reasonable and necessary’. Image from shutterstock.com

Disability funding is no charity – it’s an investment

Treasurer Joe Hockey warned earlier this week of a “massive blowout” in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) if the system wasn’t made more efficient. This follows subtle re-positioning of the…
The remaining A$3.5 billion needed to fully fund the NDIS will still need to be found from other sources. Image from shutterstock.com

Coalition support for levy just a step along the road to an NDIS

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…
How will the NDIS support life-long planning for Australians with disability as they grow older? Image from shutterstock.com

NDIS for under 65s: ageism or a battle over priorities?

Last week’s protest by several quadriplegic Queenslanders against age discrimination prompts us to examine how the National Disability Insurance Scheme should balance needs-based eligibility and entitlement…
Greater numbers of troubled teens are being abandoned by their parents and into the hands of the government. Shutterstock

The hardest choice: families who give up disabled children

The theme of abandonment runs like a current through our most pressing national dilemmas. Asylum seekers abandon their home countries in the hope of a better life in Australia. Newly elected governments…
We have surprisingly little information about the extent of forced sterilisation in Australia. Porsche Brosseau

Time to stop the forced sterilisation of girls and women with disability

The Senate Community Affairs Committee has announced its intention to consider the involuntary or coerced sterilisation of people with disabilities in Australia. Unless it focuses on the right of people…

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