Jenny Macklin on inequality and Labor values
In this podcast she tells The Conversation a Labor government would fix "one of the worst" problems of the NDIS by abolishing the cap on the number of staff that could be employed in the agency.
Wanting to change a person’s autistic behaviours is like attempting to correct left-handedness or sexual preference. The modern workplace should see strength in difference.
Current rules about who meets the eligibility criteria for autism support services are patchy and inconsistent, meaning those with the greatest need don't necessarily have the greatest access.
The NDIS has good intentions, but its design doesn't seem to support the unique needs of Indigenous people living with a disability, particularly if they're living in remote communities.
People with intellectual disability experience higher rates of mental ill health than the rest of the population, so NDIS can be doubly relevant.
The NDIS aims to help people with disability live more independently. It was hoped this would reduce carers' responsibilities and allow them more time to work. But evidence shows this hasn't happened.
The NDIS is required by law to provide 'reasonable and necessary' supports. But what this means is often subjective, and depends on the assessor.
We are getting closer to being able to apply private sector rigour to the examination of public sector projects with social benefits.
We don't actually know how NDIS participants weigh their personal goals and then make choices about achieving them through services, supports, therapies and interventions.
The NDIS has started to reduce the admissions of young people with disabilities to aged care facilities, but more than 6,000 are still waiting for more suitable accommodation.
Treasurer Scott Morrison abandoned the proposed increase to the Medicare levy to pay for the NDIS. Here's what you need to know about how the NDIS is funded, and how cost predictions have changed.
The NDIS is set to reshape Australian cities. But to achieve meaningful participation of people with disabilities, urban communities and services will also need to take action.
The government is pinning its hopes on making this election all about tax – casting itself as champion of lower tax and Labor as signed up to what Morrison dubs the "high tax club".
Treasurer Scott Morrison will argue that a stronger budget outlook means the increase in the Medicare levy is no longer required.
While disability carers are employed to work part-time hours, they often have long work days with short periods of work interspersed with non-work periods.
The NDIS is allowing for Specialist Disability Accommodation for 28,000 people, with 17,500 already in such housing. The potential demand for this life-changing supported housing is even greater.
The NDIS was set up with the philosophy of choice and empowerment. Yet participants have little control over their support plans and aren't allowed to view them before they are approved.
The federal government is trying to make Australians more financially literate, but it's using a definition that ignores many political, economic and cultural factors.
Parents need support from early childhood educators to build capacity to claim for NDIS services.
There are several problems with the recently released guidelines for diagnosing autism. But the fundamental issue is that we're striving for diagnosis first, and help later.