Parents often don’t realise their child has a right to be enrolled and to receive an equal standard of education in a private school.
Parents need to be pushier and demand private school places for their children.
Children with severe social, emotional or behavioural disorders are the least welcome in schools.
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.
Tying funding to disability categories is putting pressure on schools and parents.
By tying funding to disability categories, schools and parents are being put under pressure to seek a diagnosis for their child in order to get funding support.
The language used to talk about children with disabilities must be changed before attitudes will shift.
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.
Violence towards people with disabilities has come about because they have been devalued and dehumanised, and no-one has taken responsibility.
The Senate inquiry into violence against people with disability shows the root cause of violence, neglect and abuse of people with disability begins with the de-valuing of their lives.
The bouquet held by Bolshy Divas member Jackie Softly represents the people with disability whose accounts of violence and abuse the Senate inquiry heard in Perth, but these are just the tip of the iceberg.
Accountability for the violence and abuse that people with disability experience begins with recording the offences. In fact, we have long ignored crimes against vulnerable members of our community.
Old age is often associated with a reduction in abilities and the denial of human rights.
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.
Mind the gap.
Some data shows the gap in employment rates between disabled and non-disabled working-age people has gone down. But other data says the opposite. Here's why.
When buildings began to rise from the ruins and the rubble, the planners missed an opportunity to create a better society.
Nursing homes are not set up or resourced to facilitate the independence of younger residents.
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More than 7,000 young Australians with disabilities are forced to live in nursing homes because they're unable to find suitable accommodation that meets their needs. But this may be about to change.
The parties seem to be misreading the signs.
A group of 17 million voters is being ignored by the main parties. Why might that be?
Few are happy with Work Capability Assessments.
The UK's "Work Capability Assessment" is a disaster, but other countries show us how it can be fixed.
State and territory regulators need to start gearing up to meet the growth.
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