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PWDA E-Bulletin
Edition #96 November 2014
 
ISSN 2202-0705
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Contents
 
 

  • Fran* becomes a community volunteer
ACCESSIBILITY AND SOCIAL INCLUSION
  • NSW OPAL Card
  • PWDA NSW 2015 Election Campaign Ambassadors
DISABILITY SUPPORT AND THE NDIS
  • PWDA Social Media Forum
ECONOMIC SECURITY AND EMPLOYMENT 
  • Fair Work Commission (FWC) Conciliation
  • Inequality Inquiry
  • Update: Social Security legislation
  • Update: Wage Justice Campaign
  • NSW Disability Inclusion Plan
HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE CRPD
  • UN Convention against Torture
PREVENTING VIOLENCE AND ABUSE 
  • UPDATE: PWDA Royal Commission Disability Support Project
  • Call for a National Inquiry
  • 16 Days of Activism against gender violence
  • High Level Ministers Meeting to discuss disability in the Pacific region 
  • Disability Training Packages
  • NSW Licensed Boarding Houses
  • Volunteer organiser for our entry in the 2015 Mardi Gras Parade
Disability News
 
 
 
 
 
From the President
 
Many of you will have seen Monday night’s Four Corners program which contained horrifying reports about violence and abuse of people with disability in Victoria. There is never any excuse for violence and it needs to be taken seriously by police and the courts. Sexual violence against people with disability is one horrendous result of closed spaces where predators fester and people are isolated. 

Sadly, our experience is that violence and abuse of people with disability is not confined to one institution, in one state and one time and that is why a range of disability organisations, led by Women With Disability Australia have called for a national inquiry into violence, abuse and neglect of people with disability. At our first meeting the new PWDA Board confirmed our support for that
 
 Photograph of Craig Wallace
Craig Wallace
President of People with Disability Australia
 
inquiry with powers to uncover the welter of abuse and neglect which sadly goes well beyond the abuse of children which is currently before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse and Neglect.
 
Throwing a spotlight into dark corners was evident in the work of the Australian Civil Society Delegation of the Review of Australia under the Convention Against Torture (CAT).  During the review process, there was frequent mention of disability issues particularly relating to violence against women with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability and young people with disability in detention.
 
I thank all of you who participated in the PWDA Annual General Meeting (AGM).  It was a great turnout, with over 70 members present in Sydney as well as others online and also an opportunity to speak to a great friend of PWDA, Graeme Inness AM via #innesunplugged.  For those who missed it my remarks are online as well as the Annual Report and President’s report.  I thank the awesome staff team who worked hard to make the AGM happen.  
 
The first meeting of the new Board was held following the AGM over two days and I want to congratulate the new PWDA Executive which consists of Stuart Mawbey (Vice President), Suresh Rajan (Treasurer) and Bonnie MIllen (Secretary).  I thank the outgoing Executive of Fiona Given, Faye Druett and Kristy Trajcevski - you have left very big shoes to fill.  
 
Those of you at the AGM will have heard about an important new PWDA project to develop a scorecard for the National Disability Insurance Scheme trials using a Citizens’ Jury. This unique process will see people with disability directly drawn from the launch sites shape the verdict based on personal witness and evidence.  You can also be part of the conversation via an NDIS Jury Social Media Forum which is underway between now and 29 November and which will be used to form PWDA’s submission to the Jury.  You can also follow the conversation on #ndisjury
 
An issue that members continue to raise in the transition to the NDIS is that Governments at all levels are withdrawing specialist services too quickly in advance of the rollout. 
 
I share this concern while disagreeing with attempts to paint the NDIS as a privatisation agenda.  The picture is more complex with some Governments rushing to withdraw too rapidly from services providing respite, personal support, domiciliary care and information services across the board before the NDIS even materialises in most parts of Australia.  
 
3 December is the UN International Day of People with a Disability. This day is an opportunity for all of us to draw attention to continuing unfinished business in the disability rights movement: access, rights, social participation and jobs.   
 
Craig Wallace
PWDA President
 
Follow Craig on Twitter via @CraigWtweets
 
PWDA Membership
 
Membership of People with Disability Australia
Do you believe in the equality and dignity of all people living with disability? Do you believe everyone has the right to fully participate in our society? 
 
Then show your support for equality and dignity and become part of a growing national disability rights movement in Australia!
 
It’s easy, online and it’s free.
 
Membership for Individuals
Membership for Organisations
 
If you represent an organisation incorporated in Australia with a governing body and a membership base of at least 75% of people with disability, your organisation can take Full Organisational Membership.
 
If you represent an organisation interested in supporting the disability rights movement and the aims and objectives of PWDA, your organisation can take Associate Organisational Membership.
 
 
Media Releases and Alerts
 
PWDA News
 
INDIVIDUAL ADVOCACY
 
Fran* becomes a community volunteer
Fran contacted PWDA for individual advocacy. She had attended a local Community Emergency Service (CES) to enrol as a volunteer. After attending two evenings and being welcomed by most of the other volunteers there, on the third evening, two members said to Fran, “we don’t want people like you here” and asked her to leave.
 
Fran is a woman with disability and this was very clear discrimination based on her intellectual disability. Understandably, this was very distressing to Fran and she needed support to stand up for her rights.
 
A PWDA Advocate met with Fran, her support person and the Regional CES Supervisor to ask questions on Fran's behalf around her eligibility to participate as a CES volunteer. At this 
 
 
IMAGE: Green road sign. The word Advocacy is spelt out in white capital lettersIMAGE: Green road sign. The word Advocacy
is spelt out in white capital letters
meeting, the PWDA Advocate referred to the CES' own Directives which clearly state discrimination would not be tolerated by the organisation. After this formal meeting, Fran and her support person participated in a process of assessment and interviews to ensure Fran was understood and could understand the processes around being a CES volunteer.
 
Fran is now a member of the CES and is being supported to fully participate as a volunteer. She doesn't feel the need to have a support person with her to attend at future meetings or events. She says Tuesday nights are her favourite evening and she is meeting many new friends, building new skills and enjoys the activities.
 
*Not her real name
 
For individual advocacy support contact the Disability Rights Information Service (DRIS) between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm (AEST) Monday to Friday on (02) 9370 3100 or Toll Free on 1800 422 015 or TTY Toll Free on 1800 422 016 or email dris@pwd.org.au
 
* not her real name
ACCESSIBILITY AND SOCIAL INCLUSION
 
NSW OPAL card
PWDA is an active participant on the Transport for NSW Accessible Transport Advisory Committee (ATAC), which met on 19 November 2014. One of the issues that the ATAC has been discussing is the new ticketing system that is being rolled out across NSW, called the Opal Card.  PWDA will provide regular updates on the roll-out of the Opal Card for people with disability as information becomes available. 
 
PWDA has received some feedback from members concerning the accessibility of the new system for people with disability. We are interested to hear stories from members about your experience in using the Opal Card, both positive and negative experiences, so that we can provide feedback to Transport for NSW.
 
 
IMAGE: A person holdds up the OPAL card.
IMAGE: A person holds up the OPAL card.
 
If you would like to provide feedback on your experiences of using the Opal Card, please forward to Samantha French, Advocacy Projects Officer on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email samanthaf@pwd.org.au
 
Follow Samantha on Twitter @SamPWDA
 
 
PWDA NSW 2015 Election Campaign Ambassadors
Do you want to be a PWDA NSW 2015 Election Campaign Ambassador?
 
In March 2015, there will be a NSW State Election. On International Day of People with Disability, 3 December 2014, PWDA will launch our state Election Platform with key asks to politicians about the issues affecting people with disability in NSW.
 
PWDA is looking for PWDA members in NSW to promote issues that are important to people with disability in NSW!
 
What’s involved?
 
IMAGE: A white sign stands against the backdrop of a blue sky. Black capital letters on the sign spell out Make A Difference.
IMAGE: A white sign stands against the backdrop
of a blue sky. Black capital letters on the sign
spell out Make A Difference.
 
We will ask you to do some or all of the following:
  • Tell us about some of the challenges you face as a person with disability living in NSW
  • Share your story through video, print and online as part of the campaign
  • Act as a media spokespeople for the campaign in your local area
  • Promote key election issues through social media
  • Provide peer support to other PWDA members encouraging them to become actively involved in promoting the rights of people with disability in NSW.
If you’re interested in becoming an Ambassador for the PWDA 2015 NSW election campaign, please contact Kate Finch, Advocacy Projects Manager on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email katef@pwd.org.au
 
Follow Kate on Twitter @katepwda
 
 
DISABILITY SUPPORT AND THE NDIS
 
PWDA Social Media Forum
It’s time for people with disability to have OUR say on the NDIS!
 
PWDA members, and the disability community are invited to tell us what YOU think at an online forum on Saturday 29 November 2014 from 12pm to 4pm (AEDST).
 
PWDA President Craig Wallace and Board members will be online to join the conversation and you can also have your say on Twitter #ndisjury
 
Your input will form the People’s submission for the NDIS Scorecard Project and will be presented by PWDA to the Citizens' Jury being held in Sydney in February 2015.
 
 
IMAGE: The NDIS belongs to all of us. It's time to had OUR say. A person centred scheme needs feedback from the people. A row of faces are at the end of the image.
IMAGE: The NDIS belongs to all of us. It's time to had OUR say. A person centred scheme needs
feedback from the people. A row of faces
are at the end of the image
.
 
NDIS Citizens' Jury 2014 – Saturday 29 November – Noon to 4pm
 
For further information contact Craig Andrews, Communications Manager and Membership Development on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email craiga@pwd.org.au
 
 
ECONOMIC SECURITY AND EMPLOYMENT
 
Fair Work Commission (FWC) Conciliation
In December 2013 United Voice and the Health Services Union made an Application to the FWC to vary the Business Services Award to remove the Business Services Supported Employment Tool (BSWAT) on the basis that it is discriminative. PWDA became a party to the proceedings in June 2014.
 
The first Mediation Conference was convened by Deputy President Booth on 5 November 2014. PWDA was represented by Samantha French and Phillip French from the Australian Disability Legal Centre (ACDL), which is providing legal representation for PWDA in these matters. Deputy President Booth has set aside five days over November and December 2014 to conduct the mediation. PWDA will continue to be an active party throughout the mediation.

For further information contact Samantha French, Advocacy Projects Officer on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email samanthaf@pwd.org.au  

Follow Samantha on Twitter @SamPWDA
Inequality Inquiry
In August 2014, PWDA contributed a submission to the Standing Committee on Community Affairs References Committee Inquiry into the extent of income inequality in Australia. On Monday 17 November, PWDA gave further oral evidence to the inquiry at a public hearing.
 
At this inquiry, we reiterated our concerns about the discriminatory nature of recent budget measures and emphasised to the Committee that increasing numbers of people with disability are struggling to survive on insufficient Newstart Allowance, due to tightening of eligibility requirements for the Disability Support Pension.
 
We recommended that much more needs to be done to support people with disability to find and keep work; that people with disability must be provided with sufficient financial support when required; and that the Government needs to focus on the underlying causes of inequality for people with disability. The Committees’ report is due on 26 November 2014. 
 
For further information contact Kate Finch, Advocacy Projects Manager on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email katef@pwd.org.au
 
Follow Kate on Twitter @katepwda
 
Update: Social Security legislation
PWDA has been tracking legislation in Parliament that will affect people with disability. As we updated in our October E-Bulletin, Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No 6) Bill 2014 passed through the House of Representatives on Thursday 2 October. We are disappointed to now report that the Bill passed through the Senate on Monday 17 November.
 
The Bill limits DSP recipients to four weeks travel per year instead of the six weeks travel previously allowed.  This measure will come into effect from January 2015. Centrelink will maintain discretion over whether to suspend or cancel an individual’s DSP payment where they have an overseas absence outside the allowable four-week period, and un-limited allowances do apply in some circumstances.
 
 
IMAGE: A sign outside at Centrelink office.
IMAGE: A sign outside at Centrelink office.
 
Further details on these changes can be found on the Department of Human Services website or contact your Centrelink office for clarification. For more information on the Program of Support measures included in the Bill see click here.
 
Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No 4) Bill 2014, which includes measures to cease the Pensioner Education Supplement, has passed through the House of Representatives and will be debated in the Senate over the next couple of weeks. 
 
Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No 5) Bill 2014, which includes changes to indexation of the DSP as well as increases in the age pension age, is still to come before the House of Representatives.
 
PWDA, along with a number of other disability advocacy and representative organisations have written directly to Senators and MPs urging them to block the measures in these final Bills.  PWDA will also continue to lobby these Senators and MPs directly over the coming week.
 
For further information contact Kate Finch, Advocacy Projects Manager on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email katef@pwd.org.au
 
Follow Kate on Twitter @katepwda
 
Update: Wage Justice Campaign
 
BSWAT Payment Scheme Bill Blocked by the Senate
PWDA applauds the Senate vote to block the Business Services Payment Scheme Bill 2014. The Bill finally went back to the Senate for debate on Monday 24 November 2014. 
 
A coalition of National Disability Representative and Advocacy Organisations comprising PWDA, AED Legal Services, Inclusion Australia, Disability Advocacy Network Australia (DANA) and the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO), have worked tirelessly to keep Senators informed of our concerns with the Bill and the disadvantages that this legislation would have had for people with disability it was passed by the Senate.
 
 
 
IMAGE: Gordon Prior (middle) surrounded by supporters. (Credit: ABC)
IMAGE: Gordon Prior (middle) surrounded by supporters. (Credit: ABC).
 
We are thankful for the political and moral leadership of the Hon. Jenny Macklin MP of the ALP; Senator Rachel Siewert and Adam Bandt MP of The Australian Greens, and Independent Senators Jacqui Lambie, Nick Xenophon, and John Madigan, as well as their advisors and staff who all saw the injustice and steadfastly voted against the Bill.
 
PWDA will continue to advocate to Government to do the right thing and pay workers with intellectual disability the full compensation they are owed and their rights to seek a fair pay settlements through the Courts.  Our position is supported by national disability organisations and over 30 state disability advocacy organisations.
For further information contact Samantha French, Advocacy Projects Officer on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email samanthaf@pwd.org.au
 
Follow Samantha on Twitter @SamPWDA
 
HOUSING AND LIVING IN THE COMMUNITY
 
NSW Disability Inclusion Plan
The NSW Government is currently developing the NSW Disability Inclusion Plan (NSW DIP), which will provide the direction for the future of disability reform in this state. This Plan is a requirement of the NSW Disability Inclusion Act (2014), which was passed by the NSW Government in August 2014.
 
The Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) are undertaking a consultation process whereby the public, and representative and advocacy organisations, can provide feedback on a Discussion Paper. The public survey has 
 
 
IMAGE: A green sign stands against the backdrop of a blue sky with white clouds. White letters on the sign spell out Change Just Ahead.
IMAGE: A green sign stands against the backdrop of a blue sky with white clouds. White letters on the sign spell out Change Just Ahead. 
closed, but you can contact NSWDIP@facs.nsw.gov.au before the end of the year if you would still like to give feedback. For more information about the Discussion Paper click here.
 
PWDA is preparing a submission to the consultation process, and working with the NSW Disability Network Forum on a joint submission from disability representative and advocacy organisations. 
 
For further information contact Kate Finch, Advocacy Projects Manager on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email katef@pwd.org.au
 
Follow Kate on Twitter @katepwda
 
HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE CRPD

UN Convention against Torture
From 7-11 November, PWDA led the Australian Civil Society Delegation to the United Nations in Geneva for the review of Australia under the Convention Against Torture.
 
The Delegation presented evidence to the Committee Against Torture on a range of issues including mandatory detention, offshore processing of asylum seekers, incarceration rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as well as specific issues for people with disability.
 
In relation to people with disability, the delegation advocated strongly that many practices experienced by people with disability constitute ill-treatment, for example, indefinite detention, restrictive practices, and forced sterilisation.
 
 
IMAGE: A computer keyboard. The word Justice is spelt out in white letters on a blue key.
IMAGE: A computer keyboard. The word Justice
is spelt out in white letters on a blue key. 
 
The Delegation sent back a number of reports on activities, developed a number of factsheets on key issues, delivered statements to the Committee and generated a range of media reports that raised awareness of the Delegation’s issues and concerns.
 
The reports, factsheets, opening statements and media reports can be viewed on the PWDA website here.
 
The Concluding Observations, or recommendations to Australia following this review are due on 28 November 2014.
 
For further information contact Ngila Bevan, Manager Advocacy and Communications, on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email ngilab@pwd.org.au
 
Follow Ngila on Twitter @NgilaPWDA
PREVENTING VIOLENCE AND ABUSE
 
UPDATE: PWDA Royal Commission Disability Support Project
More people with disability are coming forward to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, also joined by a number of whistle-blowers. The Royal Commission can hear testimony from various witnesses, not only from those who experienced the abuse. This can include staff and ex-staff of institutions where abuse is known to have occurred.
 
It is also important to note that all confidentiality agreements, whether part of employment contracts or settlement packages, do not apply in the context of the Royal Commission’s extensive powers.
 
PWDA is available to support people with disability, and their supporters, advocates and associates. Please get in touch if you, or someone you know, may be considering telling their story to the Royal Commission.
 
Telephone: 1800 422 015
 
IMAGE: A woman speaks to another person. White letters spell out the words Speak Up and let your voice make a difference.
IMAGE: A woman speaks to another person. White letters spell out the words Speak Up and
let your voice make a difference.
 
For further information contact Jess Cadwallader, Advocacy Projects Officer on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email jessc@pwd.org.au 
 
Follow Jess on Twitter @JessPWDA
 
Call for a National Inquiry
On Monday 24 November, ABC’s 4 Corners screened an expose of the significant levels of violence against people with disability living in supported accommodation facilities run by Yooralla, a large Victorian disability service provider. 

PWDA sends its thanks and stands with the survivors of these horrific events, the advocates, support workers and former staff who have spoken out about these criminal activities. 

This story sparked national outrage among people with disability, their families, advocates as well as the general community.  A number of members of Parliament and high-profile people, including the former Disability Discrimination Commissioner joined the call for a National Inquiry. 
 
 
IMAGE: Craig McDonnell speaks to camera on 'In our care' - 4 Corners report
IMAGE: Craig McDonnell speaks to camera
on 'In our care' - 4 Corners report
 
PWDA joined with WWDA in condemning this violence, and reiterated the call for a national inquiry into violence, including gender-based violence of people with disability living in institutional settings.  This issue has been the subject of numerous United Nations recommendations to the Australia Government including the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  In October 2013, this Committee called for the Australian Government to investigate violence, exploitation and abuse experienced by people with disability, particularly women and girls with disability living in institutional settings, without delay.

This is a national outrage that is not confined to one residential facility or institution or to the State of Victoria.  PWDA was extremely disappointed that the Australia Government ruled out a national inquiry putting the onus on State Governments to respond to this issue.  However, the endemic nature of violence against people with disability living in institutional and residential settings, particularly women with disability is a national shame requiring an urgent national response.

The Australian Senate has now passed a motion calling for a national inquiry. A number of people with disability are also expressing their anger at the lack of national leadership on this issue – see for example, Samantha Connor’s and Tricia Malowney’s views:
IMAGE: A darkened image of a wheelchair. Bright yellow words spell out PETITION: Call for a national inquiry into violence, neglect and abuse against people with disability in residential and institutional settings
 
PWDA will continue to push for a national inquiry into this issue as a matter of urgency, and we encourage members and supporters to show your support and sign the petition on the call for a national inquiry.  

You can also find out more information about violence against people with disability on a new website – http://www.nationaldisabilityabuseinquiry.com/
For further information contact Jess Cadwallader, Advocacy Projects Officer on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email jessc@pwd.org.au 
 
Follow Jess on Twitter @JessPWDA
 
16 Days of Activism against gender violence
From Tuesday 25 November to Wednesday 10 December, the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is a global campaign to raise awareness about violence against women and its impact on a woman’s physical, psychological, social and spiritual well-being.
 
During these 16 days, activists around the world use this campaign to
  • further raise awareness about the prevalence and devastating impact of gender violence,
  • celebrate victories gained by the Women’s Rights Movement,
  • challenge policy and practice that allow women to be targeted for acts of violence and
  • demand that violence against women be recognised as an abuse of human rights.
 
 
IMAGE: Purple and yellow 16 Days logo
IMAGE: Purple and yellow 16 days logo.
Resources
 
For further information contact the Center for Women's Global Leadership, the global coordinator of the 16 Days Campaign at email 16days@cwgl.rutgers.edu orhttp://16dayscwgl.rutgers.edu/get-involved/contact-us
Follow on Twitter #16days
 
INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
 
High Level Ministers Meeting to discuss disability in the Pacific region 
PWDA was supported by the Pacific Women’s Program of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFaT) to participate in the 3rd High Level Pacific Forum Disability Ministers Meeting (FDMM3), which was held in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia from 7-9 October 2014.
 
The meeting brought together high level Ministerial representation from across the Pacific Region to discuss regional approaches to support Pacific national efforts for inclusion and the promotion of the rights of people with disability. 
 
The theme of the meeting was ’Charting New Directions for Disability Inclusive
Development in the Pacific Beyond 2015’
 
The specific objectives of the 2014 Ministerial Meeting was to:
  • Discuss the processes towards the post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda and the new Framework for Regionalism and how regional disability inclusive development contributes to these processes;
  • Consider progress in the implementation of the Pacific Regional Strategy on Disability (PRSD) through the Mid Term Review Report and Tracking Report;
  • Discuss and agree on a Long Term Approach on Disability in the Pacific post-PRSD;
  • Share good practices on disability inclusive development around the region; and
  • Provide high level policy positions on disability inclusive development in the Pacific particularly in strengthening partnerships between Disabled Persons Organisations (DPOs) and government.
PWDA representative, Samantha French, participated as a member of the Australian Government Delegation to provide advice on domestic disability issues and worked closely with other delegates from Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) to ensure the voices of people with disability were heard throughout the meeting procedures.
 
IMAGE: The Australian Delegation (L-R): Nick Pejik (DFaT, Pohnpei), Regional Counsellor Soli Middleby and Senior Program Manager Melinia Nawadra (DFaT Suva) with Samantha French Senior Projects Manager (PWDA)
 
The Australian Delegation (L-R): Nick Pejik (DFaT, Pohnpei), Regional Counsellor Soli Middleby and Senior Program Manager Melinia Nawadra (DFaT Suva) with Samantha French Senior Projects Manager (PWDA)
 
For further information contact Samantha French, Advocacy Projects Officer on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email samanthaf@pwd.org.au
 
Follow Samantha on Twitter @SamPWDA
 
PWDA TRAINING
 
Disability Training Packages
People with disability have long been treated as invisible, have experienced human rights violations and excluded from full participation in society. People with disability have the same rights as every individual in the community to be free of and protected from violence and abuse. These rights are strongly represented in legislation at international, national and state levels.

PWDA provides professional education and flexible training packages tailor-made to meet the needs of your organisation across a wide range of disability areas. We provide training aimed to educate and inform organisations of legislation protecting the rights of people with disability. The goals of our training are to reduce the vulnerability of people with disability to abuse and neglect and providing tools for building their capacity to protect themselves.
 
 
 
IMAGE: A person holds up a pink card with white lowercase letters which spell out training.IMAGE: A person holds up a pink card with white lowercase letters which spell out training.
 
PWDA also offers training as part of our work providingdisability support for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in preventing violence and abuse towards people with disability, including sexual assault.

Our training packages include
Follow Greg on Twitter @gregPWDA
 
 
NSW Licensed Boarding Houses
This month PWDA has been rolling out training to NSW licensed Boarding Houses in partnership with the NSW Council for Intellectual Disability. This training aims to ensure all residents living within Boarding Houses throughout NSW are educated and informed of their legal rights and responsibilities.
 
To date 130 residents in 10 locations have participated in this training which covers the Boarding House Regulation 2013, new laws and rules 2013, living in a Boarding House, legal rights of residents and what residents are entitled to in terms of Boarding House standards. This training has been very well received by residents. The training will continue into 2015 to ensure all Boarding House residents are given the opportunity to participate and are informed.
 
For further information contact Mel Harrison, Training Officer on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email melh@pwd.org.au
 
 
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
 

Volunteer organiser for our entry in the 2015 Mardi Gras Parade

People with Disability Australia Incorporated seeks a volunteer to provide support to the Information and Projects Liaison Officer to organise our presence in the 2015 Mardi Gras Parade.
 
You will coordinate logistics, attend meetings, book equipment, and liaise with all stakeholders, members and government departments.
  • Applicants who identify as LGBTI and/or have disability are encouraged to apply
  • You will need to attend our office in Redfern
Reimbursement: Lunch to the value of $10 (with receipt); Public transport to and from the office (bus/train receipt).
 
 
IMAGE: Participants from the 2014 Mardi Gras.IMAGE: Participants from the 2014 Mardi Gras.
Time Required: 4-6 hours a week; 15 December 2014 - 7 March 2015.

Closing date: Monday 8 December 2014
 
For further information contact Craig Andrews, Communications Manager and Membership Development on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email craiga@pwd.org.au
 
DISABILITY NEWS
 
International News
 
14 November 2014
New York Times
“Things had gotten bad enough” so that Patrick Ross, a deputy director of communications for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, decided it was time to divulge that he had bipolar disorder.
 
4 November 2014
ABC News
Australian advocates for children abused in state care, including some from Newcastle, will have an international audience when they fly to the United Nations (UN) in Geneva today.
 
1 November 2014
SBS
The British government has been embarrassed after a second person appointed to lead a wide-ranging child abuse inquiry quit over establishment links.
 
National News
 
25 November 2014
Maurice Blackburn Lawyers Media
Law firm Maurice Blackburn, which is representing up to 10,000 intellectually disabled workers in a class action over unfair pay, has welcomed the Senate’s decision last night to reject a bill that would have further disadvantaged these vulnerable workers.
 
25 November 2014
The Age
The federal government has suffered a surprise defeat on a temporary scheme to determine future wages for intellectually disabled Australians.
 
25 November 2014
AAP
The Australian Greens will introduce a motion in the Senate calling for a national inquiry into the abuse of people with a disability in institutions.
 
24 November 2014
Nick Grimm, The World Today
The board of one of Australia's largest disability providers, the Victorian-based Yooralla organisation, has today announced the resignation of its chief executive officer.
 
12 November 2014
Clementine Ford, Daily Life
On Monday night, representatives from the Australian government appeared before the UN Committee Against Torture (CAT) as part of a current review into Australia’s obligations under its treaty.
 
4 November 2014
The Guardian
Disability advocates are concerned the government is paving the way for broadcasters to stop providing closed captioning services.
 
 
Australian Capital Territory News
 
6 November 2014
Justin Huntsdale, ABC News
ACT Australian of the Year Glenn Keys says we need to shed our "paternalistic" attitude to people with an intellectual disability and start helping them achieve greater goals.
 
New South Wales News
 
24 November 2014
Deborah Fitzgerald, Daily Telegraph
A DEAF apprentice plumber fears he will have to give up his studies and any hopes of long-term employment because TAFE funding will no longer cover his sign-language interpreter.
 
6 November 2014
Liv Casben, ABC News
There are few people who need the benefits of online shopping more than the disabled, but one blind woman says she is being discriminated against because of problems with the Coles website.
 
2 November 2014
Eamonn Duff, SMH
For 16 months, the Catholic Health Care nurse has singlehandedly battled her employer's insurer, Catholic Church Insurance, over life-changing injuries sustained at work – and the related claim it now refuses to pay.
 
Northern Territory News
 
26 November 2014
Xavier La Canna, ABC News
Notorious Darwin paedophile Donald Bruce Henderson was admitted to a mental institution a few weeks before a royal commission began investigating his activities at the Retta Dixon home, and left the facility within weeks of the hearings finishing.

Child sexual abuse inquiry into Retta Dixon home resumes in Sydney    
17 November 2014 
9 News
An inquiry that has already heard how a known pedophile escaped multiple charges of child sexual abuse at a Northern Territory home for Aboriginal children will resume today.

17 November 2014
Annette Blackwell, 7 News
The head of a religious group running services for Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory for 20 years knew nothing of horrendous abuse at one of its homes until a national inquiry was underway.
 
14 November 2014
Helen Davidson, The Guardian
Aboriginal woman died in October after being held under controversial policy of detaining problem drinkers
 
Queensland News
 
19 November 2014
Caboolture News
RACHAEL Berka has spent five years looking for a chance to prove herself capable in a job despite her blindness.
 
19 November 2014
Brittany Vonow, The Courier-Mail
A BUILDING part of an abandoned orphanage that was at the centre of sexual abuse allegations has been destroyed in a fire overnight.
 
1 November 2014
Natasha Christian, Sunshine Coast Daily
THERE are more than 15,000 drivers with disability parking permits on the Sunshine Coast.
 
South Australia News
 
24 November 2014
Purple Orange Media Release
JFA Purple Orange is calling for an end to the default commissioning of institutional services around Australia In light of tonight's scheduled ABC Four Corners report on the abuse of people living with disability.
 
20 November 2014
AAP
South Australia's Labor government has rejected calls to fund a specialised Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) service.
 
17 November 2014
Kayleigh Bruce, Whyalla News
A Country Health SA decision to cut funding for local renal patient transport will disadvantage the already disadvantaged, Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia public health medical officer Doctor David Scrimgeour has said.
 
 
Tasmania News
 
24 November 2014
Sky News
Tasmania's Anglican Bishop wishes a Hobart boys' school had taken his advice and apologised sooner to a former student sexually abused by a teacher.
 
18 November 2014
News.com.au
Up to a dozen witnesses are expected to give evidence before the Hobart hearings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse which begins tomorrow.
 
17 November 2014
Tyson Shine, Yahoo.com
The Anglican Church and its Hobart private school Hutchins will be in the spotlight this week when an investigation into child sexual abuse holds public hearings in Tasmania.
 
Victoria News
 
25 November 2014
Alan Blackwood, The Age
Victorians with disabilities and their families should not have to rely on whistleblowers to keep them safe.
 
24 November 2014
Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, The Age
Victoria's largest disability provider bungled the handling of rape and sexual harassment cases while some of its facilities have been riddled with corruption and mismanagement, according to leaked documents and whistleblowers.
 
13 November 2014
Tricia Malowney, ProBono News
If you are funded to provide services to Victorians, that means all Victorians, not just the easy ones.  It is time that whoever is elected to Government in a couple of weeks stands up for those of us who miss out, time and time again. 
 
Western Australia News
 
18 November 2014
Tom Rabe, In my community
PENNY ROBERTS says she is frustrated after spending more than seven years on a Department of Housing waiting list in houses too small to accommodate her four children adequately.
 
13 November 2014
Perth Now
A PERTH woman is disgusted with Jetstar after she says she was forced to carry her 26-year-old disabled sister more than 100m into the terminal.
 
6 November 2014
ABC news
An inquiry into the response of a Perth school to concerns about the inappropriate actions of a teacher - now a convicted sex offender - has found the school did not have a child protection policy in place.
 
Consultations, Studies, Surveys and Petitions
 
Below are consultations, studies, surveys and petitions for the benefit of PWDA members and subscribers to participate, get active and make your voice heard on a range of issues relevant to people with disability from a range of different organisations, researchers and individuals. Please consult with the specific survey/consultation/petition if you require more information
 
 
STUDIES AND SURVEYS
 
Attitudes to sexuality, relationships and child-rearing: A study about people with genetic neurodevelopmental disorders – University of Newcastle
 
Autism Spectrum Disorders – University of Sydney
 
Brain Injury Australia (NSW) Newsletter Survey July 2014
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7TW9HPS
 
Disability and Mental Health – PDA
 
Disability discrimination in employment in Australia – ANU
 
Do-It-Yourself Home Modifications – UNSW
 
Employment For All – NCID
 
On-line survey for dyslexia in Victoria – University of Melbourne
 
Private vehicle access, modification and trip planning by people with a disability – UTS 
 
Review of the ADHC Behaviour Support Policy and Practice Manual
 
Stepping Stones Triple P Project
 
 
 
PETITIONS
 
 
NSW Transport Minister: Increase the Taxi Transport Subsidy Scheme for people living with disabilities
 
To urgently launch a national inquiry into violence, neglect and abuse against people with disability in residential and institutional settings
 
Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian: Do my commute for a day - try to use Sydney trains in a wheelchair

 
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New Resources
 
Making Sense
The Intellectual Disability Rights Service’s new website, Making Sense, provides information to lawyers, disability workers, and families assisting parents with intellectual disability who are involved in care and protection proceedings.
http://idrs.org.au/makingsense/
 
National Disability Abuse Inquiry resource
Every day, an Australian with disability is abused, raped, neglected or assaulted in residential or institutional settings
 
One size doesn't fit all
NDIS plans and planning process are explained in this video
 
 
Conferences and Events
Below are details of conferences and events.
 
28 Nov 2014: Eastwood NSW Side By Side Advocacy Cocktail Party to celebrate IDPwD. 6:30pm – 10pm, Brush Farm House, Lawson Street, Eastwood NSW. To request an invitation contact info@sidebysideadvocacy.org.au
 
3 Dec 2014: Webinar Shifting attitudes with assistive technology. Wednesday, 3 December 2014 11.30am to 12.30pm (AEDT) at your computer.
 
4 Dec 2014: Sydney NSW Mental Health and Disability: When you tick more than one box. 9am-4pm, SMC Centre, 66 Goulburn Street, Sydney. For more information call 1800 893 044
http://www.ncoss.org.au/resources/DNF/eupdates/140911-CCard-Flyer.pdf
 
4 Dec 2014: Sydney NSW Living My Way - Being Prepared. Aboriginal Disability Network NSW presents a workshop for Aboriginal service providers. 10am-4pm. Bouke Parents Support Centre, 57 Mitchell Street, Sydney. To register email enquiries@adnnsw.org.au or call on 02 8399 0881 (June or Dianne).
http://www.ncoss.org.au/resources/DNF/eupdates/141117-BourkeWorkshop.pdf
 
23-24 March 2015: Melbourne VIC Third Sector Expo Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne. http://thirdsectorevents.com.au/
 
18-19 May 2015: Honolulu, Hawaii Pacific Rim International Conference http://www.pacrim.hawaii.edu/
 
July 2015: Hobart TAS Beyond our Boundaries. Expressions of interest are now invited http://www.beyondourboundaries.org/#!about/c10fk
 
 
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