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PWDA E-Bulletin
Edition #85 June 2013
 
ISSN 2202-0705
Jeremy Brennan, PWDA Government Relations Advisory, Craig Wallace, President of PWDA and Therese Sands, Co-Chief Executive Officer of PWDA in Parliament House Canberra
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Welcome to PWDA’s June 2013 E-Bulletin.
 
PWDA President, Craig Wallace, PWDA Government Relations Advisor, Jeremy Brennan and Therese Sands, PWDA Co-Chief Executive Officer are pictured above drawing the issues of disability to the attention of politicians during this week in Parliament House, Canberra. Please consider becoming a member of People with Disability Australia to show your support for the growing disability rights movement in Australia. There is strength in numbers for all of us so taking (free) membership is one easy way to ensure disability retains the profile and presence we deserve. 
 
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Contents
 
  • Presentation at Women Deliver 2013
  • First Peoples Disability Network Australia (FPDN) and the NDIS
  • National Disability Strategy Implementation Reference Group (NDSIRG) – Indigenous Working Group
  • National Framework for Reducing the Use of Restrictive Practices
  • NSW Disability Network Forum (DNF)
  • Australian Electoral Commission Consultation
  • Post-Budget Community Sector Lunch
  • Roundtable Discussion at Parliament House, Canberra
  • Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby Anti-Discrimination Forum
  • The NDIS and psychosocial disability
  • Award Nominations Open
  • Bundaberg and Hervey Bay Regions
  • Disability Rights Now Call for Expression of Interest
 
Disability News
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
From the President
 
Your Board continues to be busy with work starting to focus on the Federal Election including an edition of LinkUp, which will contain key messages from People with Disability Australia’s election platform which focuses on sustaining the NDIS, ending the barriers, stopping the abuse and making the Convention and the National Disability Strategy real. It will contain statements from the major parties on their respective disability policies in order to help you make an informed decision on election day as well as information on accessible voting.
 
Our move to online membership will also change the way we communicate with members so we will also be asking how you would like to communicate with us in these new ways.
 
 Photograph of Craig Wallace
Craig Wallace
President of People with Disability Australia
 
We have taken a bipartisan approach in developing our campaign strategy and there is a busy calendar of meetings with MPs and candidates across the aisle happening here in Canberra and in electorates.
 
PWDA’s high profile work on the levy for the National Disability Insurance Scheme shows the power of policy action and our thoughts are now turning to how we build the capacity of the substantial reforms to enable social and economic participation, including through employment.  Australia needs new ideas and new action on Disability Employment and I was pleased to present some of these at a recent speech to the Australian Network on Disability (Word 58kb) with an edited version of this address printed in ABC RampUp titled 'Fresh ideas on disability and jobs' (20 June).
 
Therese Sands and I attended the Budget Lock-Up on 14 May which included the historic announcement of the NDIS Levy funding which was subsequently adopted by the both Houses of Parliament.  I wrote about this for ABC RampUp in "Budget 2013: There is nothing but hope" the next day.
 
Lastly I would encourage you to consider spreading the word about PWDA’s new online membership.  Joining PWDA can now be done online. It’s easy and it’s free.  There is strength in numbers for all of us so being part of PWDA is the best way to ensure disability retains the profile and presence we deserve. 
 
Craig Wallace
PWDA President
 
PWDA Participation
 
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 the community? Show your support for equality and dignity by becoming 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.
 
 
PWDA News
 
Presentation at Women Deliver 2013
Therese Sands, PWDA Co-Chief Executive recently delivered a presentation which highlighted the intersection between gender and disability and its effect on reproductive rights for women and girls with disability at the 3rd Global Women Deliver 2013 Conference in Malaysia.
 
Therese delivered the presentation on behalf of Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA), who had been invited by Amnesty International to present on this topic.
 
Amnesty International wanted to ensure that reproductive health was understood in the context of human rights and not merely viewed as a health issue. The presentation was delivered as part of a panel
 
 
 Therese Sands with Madhu Malhotra, Director Gender Programme, Amnesty International
Therese Sands and Madhu Malholtra, Director,
Gender Programme, Amnesty International
that examined the ways in which gender-based violence prevents individuals from exercising their sexual and reproductive rights and ways to enable individuals to exercise these rights free from coercion, discrimination and violence.
 
For more information contact Therese Sands, Co-Chief Executive Officer on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email thereses@pwd.org.au
 
First Peoples Disability Network Australia (FPDN) and the NDIS
On 16 May 2013 PWDA President Craig Wallace and Co-Chief Executive Officer Matthew Bowden attended the ‘Roundtable on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disabilities and the NDIS’ at Parliament House Canberra.
 
The meeting was chaired by Damian Griffis and Gayle Rankine of First Peoples Disability Network Australia (FPDN) and was attended in part by Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Minister for Disability Reform, the Hon. Jenny Macklin MP.  The meeting was also attended by FPDN Board members and other leaders from around the country in human rights law, service provision to people Indigenous communities, academics, senior government officials and representatives from disability peak organisations.
 
 Rhys Nagas FPDN Board member on 16 May at Ten Point Plan launch at Parliament House 
Rhys Nagas FPDN Board member outside Parliament House, Canberra at the Ten Point Plan launch.
 
PWDA gave a presentation to the Roundtable on ‘Responding effectively from a non-Indigenous perspective’. In the presentation we outlined PWDA’s broad organisational culture and specific strategies we have in place to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability in our membership, governance, staffing, outreach and our representative and advocacy work. We spoke at the Memorandum of Understanding we have with First Peoples Disability Network and about how we work effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability in our individual advocacy programs in New South Wales and Queensland.
 
At the roundtable, First Peoples Disability Network tabled their Ten Point Plan for the Implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islands communities.   
 
On 16 May PWDA attended the Ten Point Plan official launch by Minister Macklin at Parliament House. At the launch Minister Macklin announced that the Gillard Government would be developing a Closing the Gap strategy for Indigenous people with disability where the Government will set targets aimed at closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage and increase access to services for Indigenous people with disability.
 
For more information contact Matthew Bowden, Co-Chief Executive Officer on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email matthewb@pwd.org.au
 
National Disability Strategy Implementation Reference Group (NDSIRG) – Indigenous Working Group
The Gillard Government announced it would be setting specific targets to close the gap for Indigenous people with disability on 16 May 2013. On 13 June 2013 the first meeting of the NDSIRG – Indigenous Working Group was held in Melbourne and chaired by Damian Griffis, Executive Officer First Peoples Disability Network Australia (FPDN). PWDA was invited to attend the NDSIRG – Indigenous Working Group as one of the representatives of the National Disability Strategy Implementation Reference Group.
 
 
 
 Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Minister for Disability Reform, the Hon. Jenny Macklin MP, Gayle Rankine Chairperson of Peoples Disability Network Australia (FPDN) and Damian Griffis, Executive Officer First Peoples Disability Network Australia (FPDN)
Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Minister for Disability Reform, the Hon. Jenny Macklin MP, Gayle Rankine Chairperson of Peoples Disability Network Australia (FPDN) and Damian Griffis, Executive Officer First Peoples Disability Network Australia (FPDN)
 
PWDA’s Co-Chief Executive Officer, Matthew Bowden gave a presentation to the Working Group on the Social Model of Disability and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) outlining the benefits of taking a social model approach to closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability and how the CRPD and Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples need to frame the group’s work around setting closing the gap targets.
 
The next meeting of the NDSIRG – Indigenous Working Group will be held in Alice Springs on 8 and 9 July 2013 where the targets will be refined and recommendations made to the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Minister for Disability Reform, the Hon. Jenny Macklin MP.
 
For more information contact Matthew Bowden, Co-Chief Executive Officer on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email matthewb@pwd.org.au
 
National Framework for Reducing the Use of Restrictive Practices
photograph of files and folders in a bookcase
On 3 May 2013, Standing Council on Community and Disability Services Ministers considered a draft proposed National Framework for Reducing the Use of Restrictive Practices in the Disability Service Sector (the proposed National Framework). 
 
This proposed National Framework was developed jointly by the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments and outlines key principles and core strategies to be implemented to reduce the use of restrictive practices in the disability service sector.  The draft proposed National Framework is available here in Word and PDF versions.
 
If you would like to comment on the proposed Framework send your comments by 28 June 2013 to disabilitypolicy@fahcsia.gov.au 
 
PWDA wants to ensure that any guidelines, legislation or development of policy concerning the use of restrictive practices is informed by the views of people with disability and we will be making a submission to the Standing Council. 
 
For more information contact Ngila Bevan, Human Rights Advisor on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email ngilab@pwd.org.au  
 
 
NSW Disability Network Forum (DNF)
At the last DNF, PWDA sought and received endorsement for our submission on the Draft Boarding House Regulation 2013.  Key concerns that were highlighted included:
  • inadequate provisions for children and young people in assisted boarding houses;
  • reduction of current minimum standards under the new regulations;
  • provisions for outdated, institutional models of accommodation;
  • inadequate protections for prevention and response of violence and abuse of people with disability as residents of assisted boarding houses
For more information contact Sam French, Advocacy Projects Manager on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email samanthaf@pwd.org.au  
 
 
Australian Electoral Commission Consultation
On 16 May PWDA participated in the annual Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) Disability Advisory Committee meeting in Sydney.  The Committee discussed a report on the AEC’s progress against their Disability Inclusion Strategy 2012-20, AUSLAN services for voter engagement, blind and low vision (BLV) voter services and updates from State Electoral Commissions. 
 
For more information on the work of the Commission, especially in regards to enrolling to vote in the upcoming Federal Election please see their website at www.aec.gov.au/enrol
For more information contact Ngila Bevan, Human Rights Advisor on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email ngilab@pwd.org.au  
 
 
Post-Budget Community Sector Lunch
On 23 May PWDA Acting President Heidi Forrest and systemic advocate Ngila Bevan attended the Post-Budget Community Sector Lunch convened by the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS).  ACOSS is the peak body of the community services and welfare sector and the national  voice for the needs of people affected by poverty and inequality.
 
The event featured a short speech by the Treasurer, Wayne Swan, who responded to questions from the sector with a defence of the budget.  Questions focused primarily on the NDIS, payments for sole parents and the small increase to allowances and whether they would increase in the future. 
 
 
PostBudget Community Sector Lunch. Photographer: Kathy Truong Photo: supplied by ACOSS
Post-Budget Community Sector Lunch.
Photographer: Kathy Truong
Photo: supplied by ACOSS
 
For more information contact Ngila Bevan, Human Rights Advisor on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email ngilab@pwd.org.au  
 
Roundtable Discussion at Parliament House, Canberra
On 27 May PWDA participated in a roundtable held by DisabilityCare Australia at Parliament House, Canberra, to discuss the role of the not-for-profit sector in supporting social capital and social inclusion for people with disability.  
 
Minister for Disability Reform the Honourable Jenny Macklin MP addressed the meeting and took questions around how DisabiltyCare Australia and the not-for-profit sector could work in partnership to support the roll out of the NDIS, especially as it relates to increasing employment opportunities for people with disability and ensuring all people with disability receive information about and are able to access the scheme, for example those who live in institutions, licensed boarding houses or regional and remote areas.
 
For more information contact Ngila Bevan, Human Rights Advisor on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email ngilab@pwd.org.au  
 
 
Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby logoGay and Lesbian Rights Lobby Anti-Discrimination Forum
On Wednesday 26 June, the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (GLRL) seeks people with disability who are also members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and/or intersex communities to discuss discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status, share their experiences of discrimination, learn about changes to discrimination law and ways to address discrimination.
 
This will be part of the new Stand UP! Series of anti-discrimination workshops generously supported by a Commonwealth Attorney-General Human Rights Education Grant.
 
The Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby will be holding a consultative workshop at the offices of People with Disability Australia, 52 Pitt Street, Redfern, NSW on 26 June from 6:30pm until 8pm.
 
To attend call or text Dean on 0433 097 149 or email glrl@glrl.org.au. Please include any requirements you have, such as Auslan interpreters, access to a hearing loop or large print materials.
 
 
 
NDIS and psychosocial disability
On 6 June PWDA member Paul Jones and systemic advocate Ngila Bevan participated in a roundtable held by the National Disability and Carers Alliance and the Mental Health Council of Australia at Parliament House, Canberra, to discuss mental health and DisabilityCare Australia (the NDIS). 
 
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss how mental health service users will be supported by DisabilityCare and to identify any gaps or challenges to their full participation in the scheme.  The Minister for Disability Reform the Honourable Jenny Macklin MP addressed the meeting and responded to questions raised by PWDA member  Paul Jones. 
 
Paul outside Parliament on 6 June 2013
 Paul outside Parliament on 6 June 2013
 
Mr Jones represented the views of people who live in licenced boarding houses in NSW and is concerned that many people with psychosocial disability may not be eligible for the scheme or may not be able to get the most out of it due to a lack of information and adequate case management services.
 
The Minister also announced $440,000 in funding for The Mental Health Council of Australia to help build the capacity of the mental health sector to transition to DisabilityCare Australia.
 
For more information contact Ngila Bevan, Human Rights Advisor on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email ngilab@pwd.org.au  
 
International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) logoIDPwD Awards Nominations Open
International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is a United Nations sanctioned day that aims to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being.
 
The IDPwD Awards aim to honour and recognise the outstanding achievements of individuals, teams and organisations that have improved the lives of people with disability and thereby contributing to increased recognition of equality and human rights for all Australians. There are nine categories of Award.
 
This year Emeritus Professor Ron McCallum AO is the IDPwD Patron. Ron was an inaugural member and a Vice-Chair of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The primary function of this Committee is to monitor the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Ron is the first totally blind person to have been appointed to a full professorship in any field at any university in Australia or New Zealand. He served as Dean of the University of Sydney Law School from 2002 to 2007 and is now a Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Law of the University of Sydney.
 
Nominations are open until Friday 28 June 2013. For information on how to nominate, please visit the nomination page.
 
 
Bundaberg and Hervey Bay Regions
There seems to be a recent trend emerging at the present time across both Bundaberg and Hervey Bay regions of a large number of adults with significant support needs many of whom have been previously unknown to disability services in the area. There also appear to a growing group of adults with challenging behaviours who are unable to access appropriate local health treatment eg dentists, therapists or mental health practitioners. Unfortunately, access to appropriate supports and services through the Queensland Government’s Disability Services remains difficult at best with no foreseeable change at the present time.
 
The recent flooding disaster that most of Queensland experienced saw the development of some very positive emergency responses for people with a disability in Bundaberg. Issues remain around evacuation of people and the lack of follow-up after the initial crisis. Housing also remains an issue after the flooding with an influx of people moving to Hervey Bay and competing for limited housing in the stretched rental market. While a few signs of devastation remain to remind us of what has become the nation's largest natural disaster, community recovery has been very good in Bundaberg.
 
Luke Gale
PWDA Advocate in Bundaberg Queensland
 
 
Disability Rights Now calls for Expressions of Interest
The Shadow Report Project Group, ‘Disability Rights Now’, is calling Expressions of Interest to be part of a six-person delegation (plus support persons as required) to represent the diversity of people with disability in Australia to the 10th Session held in Geneva in September 2013.
 
The Project Group has already chosen two people to be part of the Geneva Delegation through a prior process.  They are Therese Sands from People with Disability Australia and Rosemary Kayess from the Australian Centre for Disability Law.  While they are part of the Project Group and will play an advisory role, they will not be part of the Selection Committee for additional delegates.
 
The Project group seeks to form a strong Geneva Delegation that will confidently and effectively advocate for the rights of people with disability in Australia.  This advocacy will be based on the information contained in the Disability Rights Now Report and prioritised by the Project Group’s Information Sheets to influence the List of Issues and the CRPD Committee’s List of Issues.
 
If you are interested in being considered to be part of this delegation please visit the Disability Rights Now website, read the Expression of Interest information on how to apply and apply before Sunday 30 June 2013. Successful applicants will be announced on Monday 15 July 2013
 
You can also download the Expression of Interest documents from the PWDA website:
If you have any questions, require further information or would like to discuss any aspect of the application process, please contact Lesley Hall on email lesley.hall@afdo.org.au or telephone (03) 9662 3324, TTY (03) 9662 3724 OR Andrea Simmons on email andrea.simmons@dana.org.au or telephone (02) 6175 1300.
 
 
Featured DPO: Tonga National Disability Congress
Tonga National Disability Congress logoTonga National Disability Congress (TNDC) is an organisation established in 2006 and managed by people with disability in Tonga, to advocate for the rights of people with disability and to work together to improve our situation in Tonga. TNDC has received funding directly from AusAID to support its aims “to strengthen the human rights of people with disabilities through abridgement all aspects of life as, physically, mentally, emotionally, socially and spiritually”, the equalisation of opportunities for people with disability and to promote the participation of persons with disability in their development and the development of the nation.
 
Despite the problems of low education and lack of employment skills in our community, our members have successfully bought together other DPOs and established the Tonga National Disability Congress. We have also established the Disability’s Non-formal Education at College of Education for All (NFE@CEFA) as well as starting a scheme on self-employment skills training. 6% of our members are self-employed while 3% of our members hold regular employment.
 
By Solo Timote
President of Tonga National Disability Congress
 
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If you would like to see your DPO featured here, contact Craig Andrews, National Communications Manager on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email pwd@pwd.org.au
 
 
International News
 
Discrimination generated by the intersection of gender and disability
This report by the European Parliament aims at providing an overview of discrimination legislation and practices which disabled women are faced with and at suggesting ways in which policy and law can lift barriers and enable active and equal participation in all spheres of social and private life.
www.europarl.europa.eu/committees/en/studiesdownload.html?languageDocument=EN&file=93670
 
Hope for people with disability
5 May 2013, Samantha Rina, Fiji Times Online
In a leap forward for people with disability, a coalition of disabled persons organisations successfully launched an employment initiative yesterday.
 
New initiative launched to make movies accessible for children with vision disability
China: A new initiative has been launched to make more children’s films accessible for children who are blind or low vision.
http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/06/03/new-initiative-launched-to-make-movies-accessible-for-children-with-vision-disabilities/
 
See the child – before the disability
30 May 2013, UNICEF Pacific Press Release
Children with disability and their communities would both benefit if society focused on what those children can achieve, rather than what they cannot do, according to UNICEF’s annual State of the World’s Children’s report.
 
 
National News
 
Australian Honours
Australian honours recognise people who have contributed above and beyond to the nation. It could be for outstanding service to business or the community or risking their lives to save others. Anyone can be nominated. The Order of Australia is the centrepiece of Australian Honours. You are particularly encouraged to consider women and Indigenous Australians who have been underrepresented in nominations for awards.
 
Board and Independent Advisory Council of DisabilityCare Australia announced
19 June 2013 Joint Media Release
The Australian Government has appointed a long-standing champion of disability reform in Australia, Bruce Bonyhady AM, as the inaugural Chair of the Board of DisabilityCare Australia.
http://amandarishworth.fahcsia.gov.au/node/55 
 
Disability 2011-12: Comparing performance across Australia
The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Reform Council has released its fourth report on the National Disability Agreement. The report shows some improvement in the proportion of people with disability using specialist services they need to foster choice, independence and wellbeing. Yet barriers remain for people with disability and their carers to participate in society, especially for people with disability who are Indigenous or who were born in non-English speaking countries.
 
Focus on Ability 2013
Produce a video (5 minutes maximum length) which will raise awareness of the ability of people who have a disability. The underlying theme of your entry should be Focus on dis-Ability. Videos received by the deadline of 26th July 2013.
www.focusonability.com.au
 
More Support for Australian Disability Enterprises to move towards social firm business models
23 May 2013 Media Release, Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers Amanda Rishworth
The Gillard Government is delivering a further $900 000 to support Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) to move towards a not-for-profit social firm business model. Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers Amanda Rishworth announced that sixteen ADEs will share in more than $2.2 million under the now increased Social Firm Transition Fund.
 
National Contributing to Life Project
The National Mental Health Commission is seeking to develop a method and
processes by which Australians affected by mental health issues can talk to the Commission on a regular basis and in a systematic way about their lives – their mental health and wellbeing, the mental health and wellbeing of a family member or friend, the good, the bad, what’s important, their aspirations, what helps, what doesn't help and their ideas for change and for a contributing life.
 
New captioning standard announced
The communications regulator, the ACMA, has released a new captioning standard designed to make television more accessible to people who are deaf or hearing impaired.
 
The geographic distribution of Indigenous disability
First Peoples Disability Network, 27 May 2013
Nicholas Biddle, Matthew Gray, Mandy Yap
The rate of disability in the Indigenous population is substantially higher than for the Australian population as a whole. This paper provides an overview of the geographic distribution of disability in the Indigenous population.
 
Voting for Vision Impaired/Blind people in September 2013
Blind Citizens Australia, Vision Australia, Australian Blindness Forum and the Australian Human Rights Commission has been working with the Australian Electoral Commission to ensure that as many people who are blind or vision impaired as possible find out about telephone assisted voting at this year’s election and how it works.
www.visionaustralia.org/about-us/news-and-media/latest-news/news/2013/05/13/telephone-voting-for-this-year's-federal-election- 
 
 
National News
 
Australian Honours
Australian honours recognise people who have contributed above and beyond to the nation. It could be for outstanding service to business or the community or risking their lives to save others. Anyone can be nominated. The Order of Australia is the centrepiece of Australian Honours. You are particularly encouraged to consider women and Indigenous Australians who have been underrepresented in nominations for awards.
 
Board and Independent Advisory Council of DisabilityCare Australia announced
19 June 2013 Joint Media Release
The Australian Government has appointed a long-standing champion of disability reform in Australia, Bruce Bonyhady AM, as the inaugural Chair of the Board of DisabilityCare Australia.
http://amandarishworth.fahcsia.gov.au/node/55 
 
Disability 2011-12: Comparing performance across Australia
The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Reform Council has released its fourth report on the National Disability Agreement. The report shows some improvement in the proportion of people with disability using specialist services they need to foster choice, independence and wellbeing. Yet barriers remain for people with disability and their carers to participate in society, especially for people with disability who are Indigenous or who were born in non-English speaking countries.
 
Focus on Ability 2013
Produce a video (5 minutes maximum length) which will raise awareness of the ability of people who have a disability. The underlying theme of your entry should be Focus on dis-Ability. Videos received by the deadline of 26th July 2013.
www.focusonability.com.au
 
More Support for Australian Disability Enterprises to move towards social firm business models
23 May 2013 Media Release, Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers Amanda Rishworth
The Gillard Government is delivering a further $900 000 to support Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) to move towards a not-for-profit social firm business model. Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers Amanda Rishworth announced that sixteen ADEs will share in more than $2.2 million under the now increased Social Firm Transition Fund.
 
National Contributing to Life Project
The National Mental Health Commission is seeking to develop a method and
processes by which Australians affected by mental health issues can talk to the Commission on a regular basis and in a systematic way about their lives – their mental health and wellbeing, the mental health and wellbeing of a family member or friend, the good, the bad, what’s important, their aspirations, what helps, what doesn't help and their ideas for change and for a contributing life.
 
New captioning standard announced
The communications regulator, the ACMA, has released a new captioning standard designed to make television more accessible to people who are deaf or hearing impaired.
 
The geographic distribution of Indigenous disability
First Peoples Disability Network, 27 May 2013
Nicholas Biddle, Matthew Gray, Mandy Yap
The rate of disability in the Indigenous population is substantially higher than for the Australian population as a whole. This paper provides an overview of the geographic distribution of disability in the Indigenous population.
 
Voting for Vision Impaired/Blind people in September 2013
Blind Citizens Australia, Vision Australia, Australian Blindness Forum and the Australian Human Rights Commission has been working with the Australian Electoral Commission to ensure that as many people who are blind or vision impaired as possible find out about telephone assisted voting at this year’s election and how it works.
 
 
Australian Capital Territory News
 
Ask me. I make my own decisions
Advocacy for Inclusion (ACT) has finalised and published a report on the findings of a study into the experience of control and choice of people with disability in the ACTover their own supports and lives. It is called
"Ask Me. I make my own decisions". This study was funded by the ACT Government under the ACT Disability Grant Program. www.advocacyforinclusion.org
 
Circus Celebration Day
Women With Disabilities ACT (WWDACT) is calling for women who are interested to form a troupe of women to learn a set of circus skills beginning in July for a five month skills development and rehearsal period conducted by the Warehouse Circus  one evening every fortnight.  This will culminate in a Circus Celebration Day in Canberra City on December 3rd, 2013 in recognition of International Day of People with Disabilities which will invite all people from the wider community to join the come- and-try element of the day. For more information, contact Nicole O’Callaghan or Marcia Williams on telephone (02) 6290 2166 or email wwwdact@wchm.org.au
 
Enhanced Service Offer Information Sessions
The ACT Government is hosting community information sessions about the Enhanced Service Offer. These are grants for people with disability, including those with psychosocial disability, who are ACT residents aged under 65 years.
www.dhcs.act.gov.au/disability_act/national_disability_insurance_scheme/enhanced-service-offer
 
Healthcare Consumer Representatives Training
A free two-day course providing training to make a valuable contribution to improve health services as a healthcare consumer. Saturday 22 and 29 June 2013: 10:00am – 3:00pm, at Sports House, 100 Maitland Street, Hackett ACT. Morning tea and lunch will be provided. Transport assistance may be available. More information contact Caitlin Stamford or Karen Jameson on telephone (02) 6230 7800 or email reps@hcca.org.au
 
 
New South Wales News
 
Access to Justice for people with disability – Tues 25 June Sydney NSW
The Australian Human Rights Commission would like to hear from people with disability who need communication supports, or who have complex support needs, who have had contact with the criminal justice system. We want to know what is and isn’t working well in police stations, courts, prisons and juvenile justice centres across Australia. This will help us to look at what needs to be done to make sure people with disability have their rights protected and have access to justice in the criminal justice system.
www.humanrights.gov.au/access-justice-criminal-justice-system-people-disability
 
Tuesday 25 June, 2 pm - 4 pm, DLA Piper, Wentworth Room, Level 38, 201 Elizabeth Street, Sydney NSW. RSVP to Ngila Bevan on phone (02) 9370 3100 or email ngilab@pwd.org.au
 
Access to Justice for people with disability – Thurs 18 July Newcastle NSW
The Australian Human Rights Commission would like to hear from people with disability who need communication supports, or who have complex support needs, who have had contact with the criminal justice system. We want to know what is and isn’t working well in police stations, courts, prisons and juvenile justice centres across Australia. This will help us to look at what needs to be done to make sure people with disability have their rights protected and have access to justice in the criminal justice system.
www.humanrights.gov.au/access-justice-criminal-justice-system-people-disability
 
Thursday 18 July 2013, 2 pm - 4 pm, The Place, Charlestown Community Centre, Cnr Frederick & Pearson St’s, Charlestown NSW 2290, Entrance via Frederick Street. RSVP to Ngila Bevan on telephone (02) 9370 3100 or email ngilab@pwd.org.au 
 
Australian Network on Disability Annual Conference
Graeme Innes AM, Disability Discrimination Commissioner
Big Ideas to change the employment of people with disability: Moving Australia from 21 out of 29 OECD countries, to the top ten.
www.humanrights.gov.au/news/speeches/panel-big-ideas-change-employment-people-disability
 
NSW Human Rights Award Nominations Open
The NSW Human Rights Award pays tribute to an Australian citizen or permanent resident who has made a lasting and meaningful contribution to the advancement of human rights. Nominations close at 5 pm on 26 June 2013.
 
Trivia whiz has bold radio dream
Kate Carr, 21 May 2013, The Leader
Music trivia aficionado Mark Boerbach, who became famous as the Rainman of RocKwiz on the SBS television show, has set himself a new challenge — establishing a radio station exclusively run by people with a disability.
Petition at Change.org.
www.theleader.com.au/story/266836/trivia-whiz-has-bold-radio-dream/
 
 
Northern Territory News
 
Neglect the most common form of child abuse in NT
Paul Toohey, 8 June 2013, The Telegraph
Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles says neglect is now the most common form of abuse of Aboriginal children and warns that cultural concerns will not prevent his government intervening.
www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/national/neglect-the-most-common-form-of-child-abuse-in-nt/story-fni0xqrc-1226659637221
 
 
Queensland News
 
Access to Justice for people with disability – Brisbane QLD
The Australian Human Rights Commission would like to hear from people with disability who need communication supports, or who have complex support needs, who have had contact with the criminal justice system. We want to know what is and isn’t working well in police stations, courts, prisons and juvenile justice centres across Australia. This will help us to look at what needs to be done to make sure people with disability have their rights protected and have access to justice in the criminal justice system.
www.humanrights.gov.au/access-justice-criminal-justice-system-people-disability
 
Tuesday, 18 June 2013, 2 pm - 4 pm, DLA Piper, Phillips & Fox Rooms, Level 28, Waterfront Place, 1 Eagle Street, Brisbane. RSVP to Karlie at Queensland Advocacy Incorporated on telephone (07) 3844 4200 or email karlie@qai.org.au
 
Deaf woman sues State Government after being excluded from jury duty
5 June 2013, Kay Dibben, The Courier-Mail
A deaf woman who was unwillingly excluded from jury selection has accused the State Government of discriminating against her because she would have needed an Auslan interpreter.
 
Jetstar refuses flight to disabled woman
Alicia Wood, The Telegraph, 3 June 2013
Budget airline Jetstar pulled a woman with cerebral palsy from a flight because it believed she could not understand instructions.
 
 
South Australia News
 
Julia Farr Mentoring Program
Are you aged 18-30 years and living with disability? or Are you aged 11-18 years and living with disability? If you would like more information please contact Sandy Williams on telephone (08) 8373 8333 at JFA Purple Orange South Australia or email Sandy at sandyw@purpleorange.org.au More information at www.purpleorange.org.au/projects/juliafarryouthmentoring/
 
Keep SA disability library open, says MP Kelly Vincent
21 June 2013, News.com.au
The South Australian government has been urged not to close a specialist disability library - the only one of its kind in Australia.
www.news.com.au/breaking-news/national/keep-sa-disability-library-open-says-mp/story-e6frfku9-1226667207125#ixzz2WnWIxICV
 
 
Tasmania News
 
Disability providers say they lack detail about looming NDIS
ABC News, 12 June 2013
Tasmania's disability service providers have aired their concerns about preparations for the launch of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, saying they lack critical details.
www.abc.net.au/news/2013-06-11/disability-service-providers-say-scant-detail-about-ndis/4747400
 
Year eight Hobart student designs disability app
Felicity Ogilvia, 25 May 2013, ABC News
A 14-year-old Hobart boy is designing an app that will allow people with intellectual disabilties communicate what they want to get from the governments' new disability care scheme.
 
 
Victoria News
 
DisabilityCare Australia Conference
Registrations are open for the My Choice, My Control, My Future: DisabilityCare Australia conference which will be held on 23 and 24 June 2013 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The conference will bring together more than 1,000 Australians to discuss DisabilityCare Australia, the national disability insurance scheme and provide a forum for people to share their unique experiences with disability, find out about DisabilityCare Australia, how it will work and how governments will help people and service providers’ transition to this new system of support.
 
The conference will also offer a premiere look at the 73 Practical Design Fund projects, an initiative that delivers practical solutions and innovative ways to assist people with disability, their families and carers, as well as service providers, to get ready for DisabilityCare Australia.
 
The conference will include a dinner on the Sunday evening where delegates can network, share your experience and hear more about DisabilityCare Australia.
 
 
Dogs, Pies and Slater & Gordon partner to raise disability awareness
Western Bulldogs, 11 June 2013
The Western Bulldogs are proud to partner with Slater & Gordon and the Collingwood Football Club this weekend to promote inclusion and equality for people with a disability.
 
Stawell man wins landmark High Court case
3 June 2013, Erin McFadden, Mail Times
A vision and intellectually impaired Stawell man has won a long-running disability discrimination trial and appeal to the High Court of Australia.
www.mailtimes.com.au/story/1544854/stawell-man-wins-landmark-high-court-case/
 
Train station in $5m revamp
4 June 2013, Anthea Cannon, Geelong Advertiser
Geelong's train station will get a $5 million upgrade to improve disability access ahead of the DisabilityCare Australia hub coming to the city.
 
 
Western Australia News
 
Greens use Senate Estimates to bust WA Premier's NDIS myths
3 June 2013, Greens WA
Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today’s Senate Estimates have exposed the reality behind some myths being used against the rollout of DisabilityCare in WA.
http://wa.greens.org.au/content/greens-use-senate-estimates-bust-premier%E2%80%99s-ndis-myths
 
 
Surveys and Consultations
 
Below are listed surveys and consultations for your information by a range of different organisations and researchers. Please consult with the specific survey/consultation if you require more information.
 
1 in 4 Poll
This is a regular national survey that lets people with a disability express their views on a range of social issues. The first Poll focused on Social Inclusion, the current Poll explores negative attitudes towards disability or people with a disability. Contact Michelle Caldwell on email michelle.caldwell@deakin.edu.au or by telephone on (03) 9244 6705.
 
Barriers and Facilitators to Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening for Women with Physical Disability
Dr Kath Peters and Dr Antoinette Cotton from the University of Western Sydney are researching the difficulties women with physical disability encounter and provide strategies to enhance their uptake of breast and cervical cancer screening in NSW.
uwsnm.us.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8pFi7UIwWjHzXq4
 
Epilepsy Management - Individual & Family Survey
If you live in Australia, are over the age of 18 years with a disability and epilepsy, or you are a family member with a person with a disability and epilepsy of any age, please complete this short 20 minute online survey. Paid support staff may also complete the survey on behalf of clients over the age of 18 years with their consent. Questions will relate to your knowledge of epilepsy, and your Epilepsy Management Plan (if you have one).
www.surveymonkey.com/s/EpilepsyFamilySurvey
 
Inclusion of children with disability in mainstream classes - how far have we come in 10 years? 
About 10 years ago Darrell Wills and several academics around Australia surveyed families on how they rated their state on the progress towards inclusion.  We are now repeating that research to see how the States have progressed since in the eyes of families and others wanting children with disability included in mainstream classrooms.
www.surveymonkey.com/s/SchoolInclusion
  
Laws & Rights for disabled survey
We are trying to determine the level of interest in a service that would provide access to information about laws and rights related to disability. Your input will tell us what matters.
 
Literature meet up for NSW writers & illustrators
Accessible Arts is calling for NSW based writers and book illustrators who are Deaf or have disability to form part of a working party to collaborate on a forum on creative literature and disability planned for 2014.
For more information contact Josie Cavallaro, Arts Development Officer on telephone (02) 9251 6499 ext105 or jcavallaro@aarts.net.au
 
Mental Health Commission of NSW - Draft Strategic Plan
The NSW Government has asked the Mental Health Commission of NSW to prepare a draft Strategic Plan for Mental Health in NSW, reflecting the experiences, hopes and priorities of people across the state. Join the process by registering at www.nswmentalhealthcommission.com.au or by telephone on 02 9859 5200 or 1300 884 563 or email JohnG.FENELEY@mhc.nsw.gov.au
 
My World: The United Nations global survey
Make the voices of persons with disabilities heard... LOUD! MY World is a United Nations global survey asking you to choose your priorities for a better world. There are 16 priority areas in the survey, plus one more for you to decide, which can be made disability-specific. Results will be shared with world leaders in setting the next global development agenda. Tell them about the world you want, because your voice matters!
 
NDIS survey for parents, carers, professionals
The University of Western Sydney is conducting a survey which questions the types of information families and carers need regarding the NDIS and how best to provide this information using the internet. More information, contact Hershey Johnson (Research Assistant) on telephone (02) 4736 0782 or email hershey.johnson@uws.edu.au
Review of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 Wodonga Public Consultation Session, 4 July 2013 9.30am – 12.30pm, The Cube Conference Centre, 118 Hovell St Wodonga. Have your say about public transport accessibility for people with disability. Register by 28 June – telephone 1800 044 938 or email
 
Review of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 Hobart 27 June 2013 and Launceston 28 June 2013. .30am – 12.30pm. Have your say about public transport accessibility for people with disability. Register by 20 June –email
 
Safeguarding People with Disability
Deakin University, in partnership with Uniting Care Community Options, is seeking participants for a study which investigates ways of safeguarding children and adults with disability against neglect and abuse from staff employed by, or working with, government and community service organisations, including ancillary staff. Your anonymous answers to the questions will be used to develop evidence-based policies and procedures for disability service providers. There will be three rounds of questions, each taking about 20 minutes to complete. The completion date for the initial round is 28 June.
www.deakin.edu.au/psychology/research/delphi/
 
Siblings, disability and young adulthood
This PhD study happening at the Social Policy Research Centre (UNSW) asks both young people with disability and their siblings without disability about their experiences of disability during young adulthood and what these mean for their sibling relationship. If both you and your sibling are aged 15 to 25 and one of you has a disability, you can take part by sending in a response to four key questions. People who send in a response go in the draw to win one of two $150 gift vouchers. Contact Ariella Meltzer on email a.meltzer@unsw.edu.au or by telephone on (02) 9385 3747.
www.siblingsanddisability.com
 
Swimming Inclusion: Barriers and Incentives for participation of people with disability in acquatic activity
A research study conducted by the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) on behalf of Swimming Australia, on understanding the lifestyles of people with a disability in Australia and their interest in swimming as a physical activity.
www.surveymonkey.com/s/Swimming_Inclusion_for_People_with_a_disability 
 
What do women with disability really want?
Stacey Copas from Adelaide is calling for women with disability to respond to her survey "What do women with disability really want?”
 
Young West Australians National Survey
Mission Australia is calling on young West Australians to help highlight important issues in their lives by taking part in the charity's 2013 Youth Survey of the views, concerns and values of young people between the ages of 15-19. The survey closes on Friday 28 June with the results to be published in 2013.
www.missionaustralia.com.au/youthsurvey
 
 
New Resources
 
Active Support Video
Leura Day Options, a service of Greystanes Disability Services, launched an exciting new DVD which focuses on the person centred approaches that are used to actively support people with disability at Greystanes.
 
Art works
Arts employment for people with disability - Current status, barriers and strategies.
www.artsaccessaustralia.org/images/stories/documents/Art_Works_.doc
 
cap that!
An initiative of Media Access Australia encourages teachers to turn on captions on videos used in class to boost learning and inclusion for all students.
www.capthat.com.au
 
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) now in AUSLAN!
Auslan (Australian Sign Language) translation videos of The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities have been developed to explain The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). There are 12 videos (approx. six minutes in length).
www.fahcsia.gov.au/the-united-nations-convention-on-the-rights-of-persons-with-disabilities-uncrpd-in-auslan-australian-sign-language
 
My Access Checker
My Access Checker is a tool with a series of questions to help a person with a permanent and significant disability or their representative understand whether they may be able to access assistance from DisabilityCare Australia.
 
Participants or just policed?
Guide to the role of DisabilityCare Australia with people with intellectual disability who have contact with the criminal justice system
 
Recovery Oriented Language Guide
The Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) has published a Recovery Oriented Language Guide because language matters in mental health. Organisations providing recovery oriented and trauma-informed services to people affected by mental/emotional distress are also encouraged to adopt guidelines regarding use of language.
http://mob.mhcc.org.au/
 
Seeing Assistant-Move
A smart phone application to support blind and people with vision impairment in everyday life.
www.apps.tt.com.pl/seeingassistant/move/index_en.html
 
Special report to Parliament: A level playing field? - HSC Disability Provisions
This report outlines the Ombudsman’s findings and recommendations following a review of the system for making HSC disability provisions applications.
 
State of the World’s Children 2013: Children with Disabilities UN report.
This is the first global report ever on children with disability.
www.unicef.org/sowc2013
 
The International Journal of Orientation & Mobility (IJOM)
This peer-reviewed journal contributes new knowledge to the field of Orientation & Mobility (O&M) (including Guide Dog Mobility).
www.ijorientationandmobility.com
 
The Participation of Aboriginal People with Disability in Disability Services in NSW, Australia
This thesis identified the factors that influence the participation of Aboriginal people in the New South Wales Government Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care (DADHC) funded disability services, as described from the experiences of non-government disability service providers and paid disability service workers in New South Wales, Australia.
http://hdl.handle.net/2123/9104
 
 
Inquiries, Reviews and Commissions
 
Reducing Legal Barriers for People with Disability
On 7 June 2013, the Attorney-General announced a public consultation on the draft terms of reference for an Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) inquiry into equal recognition before the law and legal capacity for people with disability. The deadline for submissions is by close of business on 28 June 2013.
 
 
Conferences and Events
Below are details of conferences and events to the end of September 2013.
 
21 June 2013 Adelaide SA DisabilityCare Adelaide Central Community Forum, 10.00 am – 12 midday, Education Development Centre – Room G16, Ground Floor 4 Milner St, Hindmarsh. If you require an interpreter or other support please contact DisabilityCare Australia on (08) 8276 2947 prior to the event.
 
23-24 June 2013 Melbourne VIC My Choice, My Control, My Future: DisabilityCare Australia. Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. To register your interest in attending email conference@conlog.com.au 
 
24 June 2013 Sydney NSW Looking for Anti-bullying advocates, Information Night , 6pm-7:30pm (Light meal will be provided), Centre for Disability Studies, Level 1, Medical Foundation Building, 92-94 Parramatta Road Camperdown. Contact Vera Laptev on telephone (02) 9036 3610 email vera.laptev@sydney.edu.au  or visit www.cds.med.usyd.edu.au/events
 
25 June 2013 Melbourne VIC Advocacy in NDIS Launch Sites – Forum. Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth Street Melbourne 10am–4pm. DANA-led Forum for Advocacy Agencies to consider together information coming from the NDIS Launch Sites and develop strategies.  RSVP before 20 June 2013 to projects@dana.org.au   
 
27 June 2013 Newcastle NSW Getting Started Workshops by My Choice Matters. Contact 1800 144 653 for more information or register online www.mychoicematters.org.au  
 
27-28 June 2013 Washington USA Symposium on Disability, Technology and Rehabilitation in Low and Middle Income Countries. University of Washington, Seattle Washington USA.  Contact Becky Matter bmatter@uw.edu or Mark Harniss mharniss@uw.edu 
 
28 June 2013 Brisbane QLD Supported Decision-Making Forum by Queensland Advocacy Incorporated Gardens Theatre, George St Brisbane CBD (on the grounds of QUT). RSVP due by 7 June 2013
 
8 July 2013 Sydney NSW Financing Disability: New Frontiers in Social economy. This is a free event but you must register. More information contact (02) 9351 9721 or visit
http://sydney.edu.au/health-sciences/cdrp/events/current-events.shtml
 
17-19 July 2013 New York USA Sixth session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, United Nations Headquarters.
www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=1606
 
22-23 July 2013 Camperdown Sydney NSW Direct Support Professional Conference 2013. University of Sydney Law Building, Camperdown. Contact (02) 9036 3600 or margaret.carrick@sydney.edu.au  
 
27 July 2013 Newcastle NSW My Choice Matters -  Getting Started workshop
www.mychoicematters.org.au/what-s-on.html 
 
5-6 August 2013 Surfers Paradise QLD 14th International Mental Health Conference: Opening Doors, Outrigger, Surfers Paradise. Contact Sarah Jones, Conference Secretariat on email conference@anzmh.asn.au or telephone (07) 5502 2068 or visit www.anzmh.asn.au/conference
 
7-8 August 2013 Adelaide SA Disability Employment Conference 2013. Hilton Adelaide Hotel http://conference.disabilityemployment.org.au   
 
13-14 August 2013 Blackburn VIC The Fifth One Person At A Time Conference. One Community Church, 184 Surrey Rd, Blackburn, Victoria. Contact info@belongingmatters.org​​​ or​ telephone (03) 9739 8333 or visit
www.belongingmatters.org/#!conference/cdjc
 
30 August 2013 Sydney NSW Disability and Health. A population health perspective. This is a free event but you must register. More information contact (02) 9351 9721 or visit
http://sydney.edu.au/health-sciences/cdrp/events/current-events.shtml
 
27-28 August 2013 Geelong VIC ‘Stepping out, breaking through: choices and challenges in education’ Conference. Simonds Stadium, Kardinia Park, Geelong, Victoria
www.deakin.edu.au/equity-diversity/conference/index.php
 
25 July 2013 Hunter NSW Central Coast School Leavers Expo for Students with Disability. Hunter Stadium Central Coast. Contact Kay Dean on 0438 218 848 or kay.dean@newcastle.edu.au for more information.
 
1 August 2013 Hunter NSW Central Coast School Leavers Expo for Students with Disability. Showroom at Mingara Recreation Club, Tumbi Umbi. Contact Kay Dean on 0438 218 848 or kay.dean@newcastle.edu.au for more information. www.facebook.com/HCCExpos
 
 
16 August 2013 Adelaide SA Adelaide Disability & Ageing Expo. Adelaide Event & Exhibition Centre from 10am to 4pm. http://events.dircsa.org.au/expos/adelaide/
 
4–6 September 2013 Adelaide SA 15th National Conference on Volunteering,
Adelaide Hilton Hotel, Victoria Square, Adelaide. Early Bird Registrations close Friday, 5 July 2013.
www.volunteeringconf2013.org.au
 
9-11 September 2013 Sydney NSW 6th International Urban Design Conference "UrbanAgiNation".  Novotel Sydney Olympic Park. Contact conference secretariat on telephone (07) 5502 2068 or visit http://urbandesignaustralia.com.au
 
13 September 2013 Camperdown NSW Futures Alliance for People with Disabilities who are Ageing Forum.  Contact (02) 9036 3600 or visit
www.cds.med.usyd.edu.au/futuresallianceforum
  
 
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