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The brain implant sends signals to anything from a bionic prosthetic limb, to a full body ‘exoskeleton’ Rex Bionics

How ‘mind-controlled’ bionic devices could help quadriplegics walk

A 3cm-long stent containing 12 electrodes could one day help people living with spinal cord injury to walk with the power of thought.
Children with severe social, emotional or behavioural disorders are the least welcome in schools. from www.shutterstock.com

How schools avoid enrolling children with disabilities

Children with disabilities are frequently discriminated against in Australian schools, with parents asked to send their child to another school or fork out extra money.
It’s much cheaper and easier to build better access into homes instead of doing it later. AAP/Paul Miller

Australia’s housing standards are failing its ageing population

Community and housing industry leaders agreed a national guideline and a plan to provide basic access features in all new housing by 2020. But this voluntary approach is failing.
The language used to talk about children with disabilities must be changed before attitudes will shift. Siegfried Modola/Reuters

Mind your language: talking about children with disabilities

Language can be used harmfully to construct categories of others. The words we use in describing children with disabilities need to be examined, challenged - and changed.
Lynette Rowe’s lawyers successfully negotiated a multimillion dollar settlement, but not every compensation case is that successful. Julian Smith/AAP Image

Why thalidomide survivors have such a tough time getting compensation

Decades have passed and yet the issue of financial compensation for the remaining "survivors" of the thalidomide tragedy has, in many instances, remained unresolved.
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.

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