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Edition #94 September 2014
 
ISSN 2202-0705
Photo: . L-R are: Kirsty Thompson (CBM Australia), Thurza Sullivan (World Vision), Sophie Plumridge (Executive Officer, ADDC), Pim Kuipers (Princess Alexandra Hospital and Griffith University), Samantha French from PWDA (Deputy Chair) and Jackie Lauff (Sport Matters)
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Welcome to PWDA’s September 2014 E-Bulletin.
 
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Participants at the ADDC Disability Research Symposium are pictured above. L-R are: Kirsty Thompson (CBM Australia), Thurza Sullivan (World Vision), Sophie Plumridge (Executive Officer, ADDC), Pim Kuipers (Princess Alexandra Hospital and Griffith University), Samantha French from PWDA (Deputy Chair) and Jackie Lauff (Sport Matters)
 
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Contents
 
 

  • Brian* wins appeal and no longer homeless
  • Social Action Partners
ECONOMIC SECURITY AND EMPLOYMENT 
  • Social Security legislation passed
  • Update: Wage Justice Campaign
  • PWDA provides evidence to the Tenancy Inquiry
HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE CRPD
  • UN Convention against Torture
PREVENTING VIOLENCE AND ABUSE 
  • Update: Royal Commission Disability Support Project
  • Senate Inquiry into Domestic Violence in Australia
  • Our WATCh
  • ADDC Disability Research Symposium
  • Disability Awareness and Responding to Sexual Assault
  • 2015 NSW Election Campaign Volunteer
Disability News
 
 
 
 
 
From the President
 
One of the highlights of the last few years has been seeing the growth of membership engagement and interest in PWDA, both through our social media forums and our membership pathways. 

Our online membership strategy has continued to bear fruit as we now have a total reach of more than 17,000 people around Australia along with great membership growth.   We have many times the number of members that PWDA had when members made a decision in 2012 to make our membership free, easy and available online.

Particularly pleasing is the growth in the number of people who are engaging with us online via our social media forums and spaces like Twitter.
 
 Photograph of Craig Wallace
Craig Wallace
President of People with Disability Australia
 
 
An exciting part of this increased engagement is the growing interest in our Board elections. I commend those candidates who have nominated for Board positions in 2014.  It’s healthy to see our positions being valued and contested and I would encourage all members to look closely at the candidates for Board positions and to vote and get involved.  PWDA is our voice and we all have a role to play in keeping it vibrant and connected. 

As you will see in the coming Annual Report, budget and finances continue to require very close attention from the Board. PWDA’s commitment to advocate tirelessly on our priority issues means we often work on projects which are unfunded or underfunded.  The Board is closely monitoring and putting in place steps to manage challenges which come out of this way of working.

While we are fortunate that PWDA’s excellence in delivering projects continues to see us attracting important work, such as on the Royal Commission, we cannot be complacent in our governance work. 

I acknowledge the work of important advisory groups focused on membership, finance and governance this year.  An important addition in responding to the environment we find ourselves in, has been a focus on risk management through the new combined Governance and Risk Management Committee. 

While many of you may know about our public face, whether in commenting on the Budget or even responding to the international media following the recent comments by rapper Kanye West, PWDA has a large, vital individual advocacy footprint that is the core of our work. 

On average we support 1 person, every hour, of every business day during the entire year!

Our individual and group advocacy has supported thousands of people around Australia over the last twelve months and I acknowledge our hard working individual advocates in Sydney as well as Southern Highlands and Southern Tablelands Regions; the Sutherland Shire; the Queanbeyan Region; Bundaberg Region; the Fraser Coast Region; the Logan City Region; the Sunshine Coast Region; and in Mt Isa and Lower Gulf Communities. 

Our individual advocacy footprint is what makes PWDA effective.  It improves the lives of people on the ground and ensures that we speak with authority in the states, territories and nationally.

Once again, membership also makes that work effective and allows us to demonstrate the effectiveness of an organised disability community.  Please pass on the word about joining PWDA – it’s online, easy and free.
 
Craig Wallace
PWDA President
 
Follow Craig on Twitter @CraigWtweets
 
PWDA Membership
 
Voting for the 2014 PWDA Board Elections is now open!
Postal and electronic ballot papers were sent out to Full Individual members on Friday 3 October and the ballot will close at 5pm (AEST) on Friday 24 October.  Campaign statements from each of the candidates is available here.

The call for nominations for positions on the PWDA Board for 2014 closed at 5:00pm (AEST) on Tuesday 30 September 2014. At the close of nominations, 13 valid nominations were received for the six (6) Director positions available. 

One (1) valid nomination was received for the position of President.  As this position is uncontested, Craig Wallace will continue as President for another term.
 
If you have any questions about the election process you can contact the Returning Officer, Annette Van Gent, by email through pwd@pwd.org.au

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
 
 
 
 
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PWDA News
 
INDIVIDUAL ADVOCACY
 
Brian* wins appeal and no longer homeless
Brian, a man in his 50s, sought PWDA advocacy assistance in his appeal to the NSW Housing Appeals Committee (HAC) against a NSW Housing decision that he was not eligible for priority housing. 
 
Brian had been homeless for many months and lived in constant pain with a chronic health condition and extensive medical expenses. At times, he also needed extra support which meant he needed a spare room in his home for his carer to stay overnight. 
 
The PWDA Advocate attended the appeal hearing with Brian and advocated to the Appeals Committee for Brian’s eligibility for appropriate priority housing.
 
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
 
The Committee recommended Housing NSW acknowledge him for priority housing and that he be accommodated appropriately in a two-bedroom unit. From there, Brian was able to access appropriate emergency accommodation and he is in the process of seeking an accessible unit suitable for his needs.
 
 
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 his real name
DISABILITY SUPPORT AND THE NDIS
 
Social Action Partners
People with Disability Australia has begun a research project with the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) called “Social Action Partners”. The project will run for a year and will establish local peer support groups of children and young people with intellectual disability and their families in Victoria.
 
These groups will conduct action research about their experiences with self-directed disability support. The intention is to build capacity among participants in the transition to an NDIS-style policy landscape of self-directed support.
 
PWDA and the SPRC are partnering with Belonging Matters, Inclusion Melbourne, and the Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS) in this project.
 
IMAGE: A yellow post-it note is pinned to a corkboard. It has letters which spell out What's Next?.
IMAGE: A yellow post-it note is pinned to a corkboard.
It has letters which spell out What's Next?.
 
 
For further information contact Ngila Bevan, Advocacy and Communications Manager on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email ngilab@pwd.org.au 
 
Follow Ngila on Twitter @NgilaPWDA
 
 
ECONOMIC SECURITY AND EMPLOYMENT
 
Social Security legislation passed
On 2 October the House of Representatives passed measures that will affect people with disability who receive the Disabilty Support Pension (DSP).

A raft of welfare cuts were introduced including legislation that will mean the reassessment of people under 35 who receive the disability support pension (DSP) if they became eligible between 2008 and 2011. This reassessment process may mean reviews for up to 28,000 people currently receiving the DSP.  Those who remain eligible after reassessment will be subject to revised program of support requirements. 
 
 
IMAGE: A light shines on a wheelchair from the right. The shadow on the left is in the shape of a dollar sign.
IMAGE: A light shines on a wheelchair from the right.
The shadow on the left is in the shape of a dollar sign.
 
PWDA has been strongly advocating against these measures, including by making submission to the Senate Inquiry into the proposed social security legislation, and meeting with parliamentarians in Canberra.
 
The proposed changes will be voted on by the Senate in the coming weeks.  Sign up for Alerts to receive updates on the details of the legislation, information on all the measures that may affect people with disability, and how these changes may affect you.

Media Release: Welfare Cuts Target young People with Disability  

For further information contact Kate Finch, Advocacy Projects Manager; Social Justice 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
The Business Services Payment Scheme Bill 2014 was scheduled for debate in the Senate on Tuesday 23 September but was postponed. The ALP and the Greens have publicly declared that that they will block the Bill

PWDA will continue to monitor the progress of this Bill through the Senate as we advocate that the Government must do the right thing and pay workers with intellectual disability the full compensation they are owed.  Our position is supported by national disability organisations and over 30 state disability advocacy organisations.
 
 
 
IMAGE: Gordon Prior (middle) surrounded by supporters. (Credit: ABC)
IMAGE: Gordon Prior (middle) surrounded by supporters. (Credit: ABC)

Fair Work Commission Conciliation (FWC)
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 15 September 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. The meeting was an introductory session at which Deputy President Booth discussed the mediation process with the parties. It was also an opportunity for the parties to introduce themselves and highlight the range of issues that they would like to be discussed as part of the mediation.

10 days in November and December 2014 have been set aside to conduct the mediation. PWDA will continue to be an active party throughout the mediation.

For further information contact Samantha French, Advocacy Project Manager, on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email samanthaf@pwd.org.au
 
HOUSING AND LIVING IN THE COMMUNITY
 
PWDA provides evidence to the Tenancy Inquiry
 
On Monday 8 September, Kate Finch, Advocacy Projects Manager and Catherine Pozniak, Individual Advocate, represented PWDA at the hearing alongside the NSW Council of Social Services (NCOSS). PWDA gave further evidence in relation to tenancy management issues for people with disability in community and social housing as well as private rental properties.
 
For further information contact Kate Finch, Advocacy Projects Manager: Social Justice on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email katef@pwd.org.au
 
Follow Kate on Twitter @katepwda
 
 
 
 
IMAGE: Small identical black and white houses are grouped together. In the middle is a larger house with a red roof. The words For Rent are on the house
IMAGE: Small identical black and white houses are grouped together. In the middle is a larger house with a red roof. The words For Rent are on the house.
 
HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE CRPD

UN Convention against Torture
In November 2014 the UN Committee to the Convention against Torture will meet in Geneva to review the progress of Australia in meeting its obligations under the Convention against Torture (CAT).
 
This is an opportunity to inform the Committee of practices experienced by people with disability that may be considered to be torture or inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.  PWDA will be making a submission to the Committee and applying for funding from the Australian Human Rights Commission in order to attend the review and advocate for the rights of people with disability.
 
 
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. 
 
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
In September, the government announced that the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (the Royal Commission) will be provided with additional funding to extend its work for two more years. This means the important work of the Commission will continue into 2017 giving more people, including people with disability, the opportunity to share their story and contribute to the prevention of sexual abuse of children.
 
 
IMAGE: Logo for the PWDA Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Disability Support Project
IMAGE: Logo for the PWDA Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Disability Support Project
 
 
The PWDA website for the Disability Support for the Royal Commission project is up and running:http://rcsupport.pwd.org.au Please visit the website to see what we are doing, and to sign up to the mailing list.
 
PWDA is running an Ambassador Program in support of our work supporting the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. PWDA is seeking 100 Ambassadors across Australia to distribute information packs to various locations – urban, regional and remote – to help raise awareness about the Royal Commission and the support available.
 
These information packs will contain brochures and posters encouraging children, young people and adults with disability to share their story, and copies of our Advocates’ Toolkit. The Toolkit is designed to support formal and informal advocates and supporters who might be assisting someone to tell their story to the Royal Commission.
 
PWDA is pleased to welcome a number of Ambassadors to this program and we thank you for your support. For others interested in becoming Ambassadors please send your name, postal address and suggestions about where you might be able to distribute information packs to Jess Cadwallader, Advocacy Project Manager, Violence Prevention at jessc@pwd.org.au
 
For further information contact Jess Cadwallader, Advocacy Projects Manager  on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email jessc@pwd.org.au 
 
Follow Jess on Twitter @JessPWDA
 
 
Senate Inquiry into Domestic Violence in Australia
PWDA joined with Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA), Children with Disability Australia (CDA), the National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) and First Peoples Disability Network (FPDN) to develop a submission for the Senate Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration Inquiry into Domestic Violence in Australia.
 
There have been a number of hearings regarding this Inquiry, which have been transcribed and are available here. You can read the joint submission here: (PDF only). For a Word version, please contact Jess Cadwallader, Advocacy Project Manager, on jessc@pwd.org.au
 
For further information contact Jess Cadwallader, Advocacy Projects Manager on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email jessc@pwd.org.au 
 
Follow Jess on Twitter @JessPWDA
 
 
 
OUr WATCh
PWDA was pleased to attend the launch of Our WATCh, the renamed Foundation for the Prevention of Violence Against Women and their Children. It is encouraging to see that women with disability are included as a priority population for their prevention-focussed strategic plan.
 
We look forward to working with Our WATCh to achieve their goal of ending violence against women and children.
 
For further information contact Jess Cadwallader, Advocacy Projects Manager r on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email jessc@pwd.org.au 
 
Follow Jess on Twitter @JessPWDA
INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
 
ADDC Disability Research Symposium
On 28-29 August PWDA attended the Disability Research Symposium - Disability in Development: Shaping Policy and Practice, hosted by the Australian Disability and Development Consortium (ADDC) and supported by the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) with funding through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
 
The symposium provided an important opportunity for researchers and practitioners from Australia and the region to come together to share research approaches and outcomes to better inform policy and practice in disability inclusive development. PWDA actively supports the work of the ADDC and is on the ADDC Executive Committee.
 
For further information contact Samantha French, Advocacy Project Manager, on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email samanthaf@pwd.org.au
 
 
 
PWDA TRAINING
 
This month, as part of our promotion of disability awareness and our role in the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse, PWDA participated in the disability awareness week at Sydney University. This was a great opportunity to build awareness to students with disability and other disability services as well as promote training and advocacy.

PWDA delivered training to two Boarding Houses in the NSW metropolitan south region which was well attended by residents. The training was about resident’s rights and responsibilities regarding the Boarding Houses Act 2012 and Boarding Houses Regulation 2013.

This month also saw the delivery of Responding to Sexual Assault training to PWDA staff. A key strength of this training is how it encourages and assists participants to explore their professional and personal attitudes and beliefs toward sexual assault and the myths and facts.
 
 
 
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.
 

Disability Awareness and Responding to Sexual Assault

Are your staff confident when responding to sexual assault matters regarding people with disability?
In response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse, to assist survivors and to support the prevention of further abuse, PWDA is placing greater emphasis on the delivery of training on Disability Awareness and Responding to Sexual Assault to service providers nationally.

PWDA has extensive experience in the development and delivery of training across a wide range of disability areas including Responding to Sexual Assault, Disability Awareness and Responding to Abuse and Neglect of People with Disability. Our two-day Responding to Sexual Assault training aims to challenge myths surrounding sexual assault and people with intellectual disability, build capacity of staff to support victims of sexual assault, as well as decrease the vulnerability of people with intellectual disability to this crime. We will also explore guidelines around Good Practice when providing personal care, the Impact of Sexual Assault, Responding to Sexual Assault and Creating Safe Environments.

Training sessions are highly interactive and participants work together to develop strategies and procedures, with guidance from experienced trainers who have direct experience of disability.
For further information contact Greg Robertson, Training Manager on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email gregr@pwd.org.au
 
Follow Greg on Twitter @gregPWDA
 
 
VOLUNTEER and EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
 
2015 NSW Election Campaign Volunteer
PWDA seeks a volunteer with good writing skills who is comfortable using social media to assist us develop an electoral campaign focused on the rights of people with disability in the lead up to the 2015 NSW Election. 

The 2015 Election Campaign Volunteer will help to develop and write campaign resources, research candidates, distribute and update campaign material, support PWDA members to take action and help to organise events.

This is a six month volunteer placement for approximately 8 hours per week, starting in October 2014.

Please email your CV and your statement of expression of interest to pwd@pwd.org.au  

 
 
IMAGE: Multi-coloured human figures with white speech bubbles are connected by black lines.
IMAGE: Multi-coloured human figures with
white speech bubbles are connected by black lines.
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
 
2 September 2014
BBC News
A glass monument has been publicly opened in Berlin to 300,000 victims of the Nazis with mental and physical disabilities or chronic illnesses.
 
2 September 2014
Stuart Weir, OurKingdom
Causing uproar amongst the Coalition, the likelihood of a UN investigation is not only deeply shameful, but a testament to the rapid regression of disabled rights and quality of life that the government has overseen.
 
6 September 2014
Jon McTernan, The Guardian UK
The government is currently losing a war – a long slow war of attrition. I don’t mean the constant flow of voters, councilors, members and activists from the Tories to Ukip. It’s a far less publicised struggle, and one that is far more damaging for the Tories – their battle with the disability movement.
 
12 September 2014
Nine MSN
Oscar Pistorius broke down and sobbed uncontrollably as he was cleared of the murder of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
 
National News
 
23 September 2014
Norman Hermant, ABC news
Disability advocates are concerned people with disabilities will not be adequately represented under changes to the sector proposed by the Federal Government.
 
8 September 2014
Shawn Burns, World News Publishing Focus
Partnerships between advocacy groups and the mainstream media are a hallmark of the rise of Advocacy Journalism as a conduit for meaningful social change.
 
9 September 2014
Sarah Dean, Daily Mail Australia
A mother has revealed shocking photographs of her autistic twin boys being strapped in and restrained at a specialist school run by a principal with links to notorious Melbourne cult 'The Family'
 
 
Australian Capital Territory News
 
29 September 2014
Ben Westcott, Canberra Times
Advocates for equality in the ACT have reacted with disbelief to figures showing the government has missed its diversity hiring targets again, and by a large margin. Less than a third of the projected number of staff were hired.
 
New South Wales News
 
17 September 2014
ABC News
The New South Wales Government has announced a clinical trial of the medical use of marijuana, making its legal use one step closer in the state.
 
24 September 2014
Angela Thompson, Illawarra Mercury
A deaf student who was denied access to a note-taking aide is suing TAFE Illawarra for discrimination.
 
12 September 2014
Bee Orsini, Daily Life
I curled up, rolled over and opened my eyes. I was looking at a TV. To the left of the TV was a vase of fake flowers; to the right lay a pile of old magazines.
 
Northern Territory News
 
16 September 2014
Xavier La canna and James Oaten, ABC News
Children are the only prisoners currently being held at the new $500 million Holtze facility, which consists of a mental health facility and the maximum security unit.
 
Queensland News
 
24 September 2014
News.com.au
TYRONE Sevilla is the boy deemed not good enough for Australia.
 
September 2014
Leisa Scott, The Courier-Mail
CANDLES flicker in the chilly night air as Jesse Hooper appears on the giant cinema screen overlooking Melbourne’s Federation Square.
 
15 September 2014
Alyse Edwards, ABC News
Police across Queensland have begun to target the illegal use of disabled parking bays.
 
South Australia News
 
12 September 2014
Danielle Grindlay, ABC Rural
"One of the hardest things, when you live in a country community and people know you, is being shipped off to the mental institution."
 
 
Tasmania News
 
18 September 2014
Jane Ryan, ABC News
Disability advocates in Tasmania believe scrapping suspended sentences will lead to more people with disabilities ending up in jail.
 
10 September 2014
Fred Hooper, ABC News
Bailey the fluffy labradoodle is lying on his back, soaking up every stroke and pet from Tim Brickhill and Rodney Howe at Veranto supportive accommodation in Warrane, southern Tasmania.
 
Victoria News
 
23 October 2014
ProBono Australia
Where do we want housing and support for young people with disability to be in 10 years and how can we get there?
 
10 September 2014
Lily Parland, ABC Ballarat
The closure of one of Victoria's last remaining institutions for people with intellectual disabilities is one step closer, with the State Government announcement of funding for some alternative housing.
 
16 September 2014
John Stewart and Candice Talberg, ABC News
The campaign to legalise medical cannabis for those suffering terminal illnesses is gaining momentum across Australia with state and federal MPs calling for changes to existing laws.
 
Western Australia News
 
26 September 2014
SANE Australia Media Release
The national mental health charity, SANE Australia, welcomes the Royal Agricultural Society of WA’s decision to rebrand a controversial ride at this year’s Perth Royal Show that stigmatised mental illness.
 
1 Sept 2014
Angela Pownall, West Australian
WA's peak medical group has accused the Government of significant stalling and inaction over recommendations in the most comprehensive review of WA's public mental health services.
 
16 September 2014
Nicolas Perpitch, ABC Indigenous
Disability advocates are calling for an urgent review of the case of an Aboriginal man indefinitely jailed without trial since 2003 under laws for the mentally impaired.
 
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 & SURVEYS
 
Accessing accessible amenities
 
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
http://utsbusiness.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cOXonyWdHig8lcV
 
Review of the ADHC Behaviour Support Policy and Practice Manual
 
Stepping Stones Triple P Project
http://mysay.org.au/
 
 

 
PETITIONS
 
Archbishop Wilson: stop avoiding responsibility for abuse of our children & help pay for counselling
 
Denis Napthine: don't force Wil Hobbs into an aged care facility at 39 years of age
 
 
NSW Transport Minister: Increase the Taxi Transport Subsidy Scheme for people living with disabilities
 
Please don’t deport my 9 year old son to a land he doesn’t know because of his autism
 
Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian: Do my commute for a day - try to use Sydney trains in a wheelchair
http://www.change.org/petitions/transport-minister-gladys-berejiklian-do-my-commute-for-a-day-try-to-use-sydney-trains-in-a-wheelchair
 
 
 
If you would like to promote your consultation, survey or petition
in the PWDA EBulletin please email pwd@pwd.org.au
New Resources
 
Accessible Tourism website
A website to provide a source of information on all things tourism that will help anyone with access requirements make more informed decisions about their next holiday.
 
AUSLAN information about Fines
You just got a fine? Watch this video to find out what your options are and why it is important to not ignore your fines.
 
Enabling Health: Taking action to improve the health of people with disability
An evidence-based health promotion resource provides information and guidance on action to improve the health of Australians with a disability. It brings together the findings of a scientific literature review with stories of promising health promotion practice from across Australia and internationally.
http://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/Publications/Health-Inequalities/enabling-health.aspx
 
Institute for Community Directors
The best practice network for the members of Australian not-for-profit boards, committees and councils, and the senior staff who support them.
 
QLD Government NDIS e-blast
The Queensland Government is preparing for the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) which will start to roll out in Queensland on 1 July 2016. You can sign up to Queensland’s NDIS e-blast to keep up-to-date on news and activities to prepare
http://www.vision6.com.au/em/forms/subscribe.php
 
Conferences and Events
Below are details of conferences and events.
 
9-10 Oct 2014: Sydney NSW Return2Sport Expo 2014. Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre, Olympic Blvd, Sydney Olympic Park NSW. Contact Sebastian on (02) 8607 6507 or email return2sport@royalrehab.com.au
 
11 Oct 2014: Batemans Bay NSW The Bay Push 2014. Entry forms from the Bay Push website or contact Rob on 0411 285 533
 
13 Oct 2014: Sydney NSW Spinal Cord injury Network Conference. Royal Randwick Racecourse, Sydney. Phone: 02 9029 5220
 
13 Oct 2014: Perth WA 'Advocacy in Action' Short Course at Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA (PHAIWA)
 
15 Oct 2014: Sydney NSW Get involved in Athletics at Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre, Edwin Flack Ave, Sydney Olympic Park NSW
https://eventdesq.imgstg.com/
 
20-21 Oct 2014: Wyong NSW Getting ready – Living the life I want to live, Tasman Board Room, Mingara Recreation Club, Mingara Drive, Tumbi Umbi, NSW. Contact Hayley on 1800 688 831 or email admin@pdcnsw.org.au
 
23 Oct 2014: Sydney NSW NSW Parliament House: Exploring Difference, Embracing Diversity. NSW Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney. RSVP to Kate Matairavula at kmatairavula@deafsociety.com
http://deafsocietynsw.org.au/events/ds_pdfs/NWDP_2014.pdf
 
27 Oct 2014: Parramatta NSW Get more Skills, My Choice Matters Workshop, Northcott, 1 Fennel Street, North Parramatta. Contact 1800 144 653 or (02) 9211 2605
 
28-29 Oct 2014: Chatswood NSW Arts Activated Conference, The Concourse Chatswood Sydney.
 
30 Oct 2014: Sydney NSW Our Daughters 2014, Aerial UTS Function Centre, University of Technology (UTS) Sydney
http://www.regodirect.com.au/ourdaughtersconference
 
6-7 Nov 2014: Sydney NSW NDS’ Regional Support Worker 'The Rights Stuff' Conference. Novotel, 350 Church Street, Parramatta NSW. Contact Evan Wallace, 02 9256 3193, rswc@nds.org.au
http://www.nds.org.au/projects/article/159
 
7 Nov 2014: Adelaide SA Disability & Lifestyles Expo. Adelaide Showgrounds - Jubilee Hall, Goodwood Road, Wayville. Contact Robin Walden-Semmens on (08) 8236 0575 or email events@dircsa.org.au
 
12-13 Nov 2014: Adelaide SA No to Institutions, Yes to Valued Lives. Our Space, 104 Greenhill Road Unley, Adelaide. Contact JFA Purple Orange on (08) 8373 8333 or email admin@purpleorange.org.au
 
14-15 Nov 2014: Maitland NSW possible IDEAS Expo, Maitland Showground, Contact 1800 029 904 or email expo@ideas.org.au 
http://possableideasexpo.com/
 
15-16 Nov 2014: VIC Accessibility Weekend. Contact 1300 704 456 or email communications@independenceaustralia.com   
http://accessibilityweekend.com.au/
 
23-24 March 2015: Melbourne VIC Third Sector Expo Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne. http://thirdsectorevents.com.au/
 
July 2015: Hobart TAS Beyond our Boundaries. Expressions of interest are now invited http://www.beyondourboundaries.org/#!about/c10fk
 
 
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