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Malaysia’s Chew Wei Lun plays a shot during a gold medal Boccia match at the Tokyo Paralympic Games. Boccia is only one of three summer Paralympic sports where athletes can compete while using a powerchair. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)

After the Paralympics: New initiative to get more Canadians involved in power wheelchair sports

Within the parasport community itself, inclusivity and access is a real issue, especially for those who do not fit the mold of how we think an athlete “should” look or move.
Canada’s Zak Madell (right) and France’s Jonathan Hivernat (left) compete during a semifinal wheelchair rugby match at the Tokyo Paralympic Games. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

#WeThe15 was misguided in using the Tokyo Paralympic Games to launch a disability inclusion revolution

The #WeThe15 movement is rooted in good intention and falls short in a big way by using the Paralympic Games as a backdrop to its launch.
Victorian MP Fiona Patten has introduced a new anti-vilification bill to parliament that would extend protections to women, the disabled and the LGBT community. James Ross/AAP

Victoria’s new anti-vilification bill strikes the right balance in targeting online abuse

The proposed amendments would provide much-needed updates to Victoria’s vilification laws and bring the state in line with NSW, Queensland, Tasmania and the ACT.
Australia’s rigorous health requirements exclude anyone who might be a threat to public health, or with a condition which could place excessive financial demands on public health or community services. Shutterstock

Visa policy for overseas students with a disability is nonsensical and discriminatory

Overseas students with a disability shouldn’t be denied visas on the basis of potential cost to Australia’s community or health services. They are required to pay for these services themselves anyway.
Many workplaces do not make reasonable adjustments for disabled employees. Shutterstock

Three charts on: disability discrimination in the workplace

Australia has the highest poverty rate in the OECD for people with a disability. The barriers to, and discrimination in, the workplace are part of the reason.
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.
People with intellectual disability face so many barriers to finding a home of their own that it’s hard to pick one. shutterstock

The forgotten 660,000 locked out of home ownership

Think it’s hard for first-home buyers? Ask people with an intellectual disability about it.
Will abusers still be able to move to a new service and continue abusing under the NDIS? from shutterstock.com

Four Corners: can the NDIS prevent abuse of people with disability?

We know predators will continue to target the vulnerable, including children and people with disability. The NDIS will mitigate some of the issues in this space, but we need a royal commission too.
More training is needed to help teachers understand how to better support students with disability. from www.shutterstock.com

Children with disability are being excluded from education

Schools are deliberately disregarding disability standards through rejecting school places, being reluctant to make teaching adjustments and having poor attitudes towards disability.
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.

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