New research shows almost 20% of families caring for children with special needs were unable to buy essential medication during coronavirus.
The federal government keeps fighting attempts to allow people on the NDIS to access sexual supports. But what about their rights to have a rich and fulfilling life?
Self-isolation and physical distancing only add to the problems for mothers with an intellectual disability who are at risk of failing to get the help they need.
It starts with recognising your child needs support. Then, you have to prove they are eligible for it. Finally, you have to find the appropriate support. There's help available along the way.
Initial NDIS planning failed to recognise the unique needs and challenges of people with mental illnesses.
Some people with mental illnesses are unable to work or look after themselves but because their conditions are episodic, it's difficult to meet the NDIS entry requirement of having a permanent disability.
Improving the provision of NDIS plans is a good thing. But in some parts of Australia, having a plan doesn’t always mean being able to access services.
The government has announced several 'practical changes' to the NDIS. While these edge the scheme in the right direction, some impracticalities continue to underpin it.
Artists at work.
In a Sydney community centre, a group of artists with and without disabilities are showing how creativity can connect us all.
“This review…is really just a bone to Pauline Hanson. The government needs her vote in the senate,” says Michelle Grattan on the controversial appointment of Hanson as deputy chair of the committee.
Michelle Grattan discusses the government's new family law inquiry, and Australia being banned from the speaking list at the upcoming UN climate change summit.
Most young people who enter aged care do so after acquiring a disability and need high levels of support.
Around 6,000 Australians aged under 65 still live in nursing homes, cut off from their families and peers, with inadequate support for their disabilities.
The theory is that if therapies are started early enough, it might be possible to alter the trajectory of autism.
Children with autism don't usually begin therapy until they're given a diagnosis, which rarely occurs before the age of two. But new research shows there's benefit to starting early.
Whether sex therapy should be a funded disability support has been controversial since the NDIS was rolled out.
A woman with a disability has won the right to have a sex therapist funded under the NDIS. This sets a positive precedent, but the NDIS should go further and fund sex worker services, too.
One in eight disability support claims rejected are because the applicant is unable to supply the requested information.
Help with reading and writing increases the probability of receiving the Disability Support Pension by about 20%.
Women make up 49% of Australians with a disability but just 37% of NDIS participants.
If you're poor, female, or live in rural Australia, you're less likely to access the NDIS or get as much bang for your buck.
Minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt with Prime Minister Scott Morrison after the Coalition swearing in at Government House in Canberra.
Geoff Crisp speaks with Michelle Grattan about the week in politics.
More than 277,000 people have already benefited from the NDIS, but there’s room to improve.
The government now has a dedicated NDIS minister. Here are the four key areas of the scheme that need attention.
Australia sees higher rates of disability in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population than the non-Indigenous population.
The experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians must be at the forefront of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.
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.
It takes all sorts: workplaces can harness as strengths the differences that usually disadvantage people with autism.
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.
You can’t test for autism with a simple blood test or scan, which can make the diagnostic process difficult and dependent on the skill and experience of the clinician.
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.
People with disability living in remote communities may receive money for supports, but that doesn’t mean there’s anywhere to purchase them.
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.