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PWDA E-Bulletin
Edition #87 DECEMBER 2013
 
ISSN 2202-0705
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International Day of People with Disability
 
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Contents
 
 
  • IDPWD Project Partnership with Nican
  • Access to Justice submission
  • BSWAT Exemption submission
  • Disability at the Margins symposium
  • Disability Employment Services Consumer Engagement Project
  • Equal Recognition Before the Law Inquiry
  • First Assembly of Asia Pacific Disabled People’s Organisations United (DPO United), Republic of South Korea
  • Health Care Complaints Commission
  • Progress 2013 Conference
  • Shut In Update
  • Stop the Violence Project
  • Striking the Balance: Justice, rights and community safety conference
  • Supported decision making conference
  • Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman Consumer Roundtables
  • Training for Indonesian NGOs on the UN shadow report process
  • Training to Auburn Council
  • Transport for NSW - Wayfinding field visit
  • United Nations High Level Meeting on Disability and Development (HLMDD) and General Assembly Special Event on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
  • United Nations Universal Periodic Review
  • Vale Sam Visoni
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
From the President
 
Today is the International Day of People with Disability. It’s an important day and I am pleased that PWDA has been working with other project partners to explore the future of the Day.

IDPwD sparks important community conversations which resonate across the year, as we saw in Senator Mitch Fifield’s recent address to the National Press Club. I encourage members to view this address.  I welcome the Minister’s commitment to the National Disability Strategy which is key to meeting our obligations under the Convention. 

While we also need to be vigilant about the NDIS, I think that misinformation and panic is counterproductive as we work to grow choice and control.  I therefore welcome the Coalition’s strong specific re-commitment to deliver the Scheme.
 
 Photograph of Craig Wallace
Craig Wallace
President of People with Disability Australia
 
 
On 6 November 2013 I joined Dougie Herd, Moira Byrne, Catherine Mahony at the first ever webinar conducted by the National Disability Insurance Agency.  It got great engagement online with over 1,600 taking part in a conversation which touched on issues of communication, real choice, quality and advocacy. 

One way to secure the NDIS is for us to own it and I urge people to sign up to plans in launch jurisdictions and begin finding out more wherever you live.  We cannot be passive, it is for us to shape the NDIS and also to push forward in areas it will not address.

Yesterday I took part in a panel for IDPwD along with Graeme Innes to discuss Twenty Years: Twenty Stories, celebrating 20 years of the Disability Discrimination Act with staff at the new Department of Social Services.  The forum highlighted where we have come from and the work still ahead for us.

On 10 December 2013, I look forward to sharing a platform with Emeritus Professor Ron McCallum AO and Professor Mary Crock as part of International Human Rights Day being run by the United Nations Association of Australia.  It is important to set disability within a human rights context and to reflect on significant areas, like jobs and justice, where the recent review found that Australia could do better. 

Finally it was great to see so many PWDA members at our AGM and to welcome new Board members including Faye Druett, Sam Connor, Mark Tonga, Justin Ray and Milly Parker.  We looked back at a year of achievement and I am very confident that our new Board will take us to great places in 2014.

I thank all of our staff, members and Board for your work this year.  2014 can be the year PWDA helps deliver the representation and the change people with disability deserve, but this will only happen with an engaged membership.  Please spread the word, sign up to PWDA and join the conversation about change.    

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 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
 
18 November 2013: Election produces vigorous disability reps
National elections have produced a strong Board for the national cross disability peak body People with Disability Australia (PWDA).
Read more http://ymlp.com/zslPZ3
 
International Day of People with Disability
 
Theme: “Break Barriers, Open Doors: for an inclusive society and development for all”
 
This International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls "on Governments, members of the UN system, businesses and civil society to break barriers and open doors of opportunity for all persons with disability.  Together, let us build an inclusive society for all."

"We must remove all barriers that affect the inclusion and participation of persons with disability in society, including through changing attitudes that fuel stigma and institutionalise discrimination," he says in his 2013 IDPwD message.
 
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
 
In a world where approximately 15% of the population or over one billion people live with some form of disability, there remain many physical, social, economic and attitudinal barriers which exclude people with disability from participating fully and effectively as equal members of society. This years theme, 'Break Barriers, Open Doors' supports the global effort to promote accessibility and remove all types of barriers to the full and equal participation of people with disability in society.

The Australian Government supports IDPwD through promotion and raising awareness of the Day around Australia and its associated events such as the National Disability Awards. This year, to celebrate the 21st anniversary of IDPwD, four young Australians speak about their significant achievements over the last 21-years, their future hopes and dreams to build a more inclusive Australia.
 
People with Disability Australia (PWDA) remains committed to building a socially just, accessible, and inclusive community. Our advocacy work ensures the human rights, citizenship, contribution, potential and diversity of all people with disability are recognised, respected and celebrated as a key part of our role and essential to creating a future which is inclusive and just.
 
PWDA News
 
IDPWD Project Partnership with Nican
 
PWDA worked in partnership with Nican to undertake research to support to promotion of the International Day of People with Disability
 
PWDA spoke to a number of disability peak organisations and other international day secretariats and provided a report to Nican on this diverse range of stakeholder views. PWDA was pleased to have the opportunity to support the future of IDPwD.
 
For more information contact Craig Andrews, Communication Manager and Membership Development on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email craiga@pwd.org.au
 
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Access to Justice submission
 
On 4 November PWDA made a submission to the Productivity Commission in response to the Issues Paper: Access to Justice Arrangements, which examined the Australian system of civil dispute resolution, and focussed on looking at constraining costs and promoting access to justice and equality before the law. Download the PWDA Access to Justice Arrangements submission.
 
The Productivity Commission is due to report in April 2014 and more information can be found at http://www.pc.gov.au/projects/inquiry/access-justice
 
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
 
BSWAT Exemption submission
 
On 6 November PWDA made a submission opposing the application by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) for an exemption for all Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) from sections 15 and 24 of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth) (DDA) and for the Commonwealth from section 29 of the DDA.

This application was made in order to allow ADEs to continue to use the Business Services Wage Assessment Tool (BSWAT) to assess the wages of employees for a period of three years.  PWDA opposes use of the BSWAT as it discriminates against people with disability, particularly people with intellectual disability, and results in these employees receiving lower pay for work of the same value undertaken by people without disability. The discriminatory nature of this system was recently highlighted in the case of Nojin and Prior v the Commonwealth [2012] FCAFC 192.
 
Photograph of files and folders in a bookcase
 
 
For more information on the legal case and the history of the BSWAT see the website of the National Council on Intellectual disability (NCID)

The PWDA submission was endorsed by the Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association (MDAA) and the NSW Council on Intellectual Disability (NSWCID). All submissions are now publically available on the Australian Human Rights Commission website.

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
 
Disability at the Margins symposium 

On 27 November PWDA attended a symposium hosted by the School of Law at the University of Wollongong, ‘Disability at the margins: vulnerability, empowerment and the criminal law’.

The symposium discussed themes including institutional pathways into the criminal justice system for people with disability, the experience of women and people with intellectual disability in the criminal justice system, ensuring people with disability at the margins of society enjoy equal protection and equal benefit of the law, and the evolution of legal capacity in international law and disability justice.

Information gathered at this symposium will assist PWDA in its advocacy work on improving access to justice for people with disability in contact with the criminal justice system, and raising awareness of the link between the inadequate provision of disability supports to a person with disability experiencing multiple disadvantage and the increased likelihood of them coming in contact with the criminal justice system. 

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
 
Disability Employment Services Consumer Engagement Project
 
PWDA, along with other peak disability organisations, is participating in a national Disability Employment Service Consumer Engagement Project (DES Project). This Project is aimed at lifting consumer engagement and knowledge of the Disability Employment Service (DES) program, facilitating provision of consumer advice to the Government about the needs of people with disability and looking at ways to improve future disability employment services.

A major focus of the funding is on hearing about issues affecting people with disability in order to improve DES, including the major barriers to accessing these services.

Other organisations participating in the DES Project include:
  • Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA)
  • Australians for Disability and Diversity of Employment (ADDE)
  • Deafness Forum Australia
  • Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO)
  • Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA)
  • National Council on Intellectual Disability (NCID)
  • Deaf Australia
  • Physical Disability Australia (PDA)
  • National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA)
  • Blind Citizens Australia (BCA)
  • Disability Advocacy Network Australia (BCA)
  • First Peoples Disability Network (FPDN)
  • Australian Advisory Board on Autism Spectrum Disorders (AABASD)
  • Brain Injury Australia (BIA).
PWDA will be in contact with members in the new year with further information on how you can provide feedback to PWDA and have input to the DES Project.
 
For more information about PWDA’s DES Project, contact Samantha French, Advocacy Projects Manager on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email samanthaf@pwd.org.au
 
Equal Recognition Before the Law Inquiry
 
The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) is inviting submissions in response to its Issues Paper, ‘Equality, Capacity and Disability in Commonwealth Law’ which is also available as an e-book and in Easy English.  The Issues Paper contains over 40 discussion questions and forms part of a review of equal recognition before the law and legal capacity for people with disability called for by the former Federal Attorney General in July 2013.

The terms of the Inquiry include an examination of laws and legal frameworks within the Commonwealth jurisdiction that deny or diminish the equal recognition of people with disability as persons before the law and their ability to exercise legal capacity, and what if any changes could be made to Commonwealth laws and legal frameworks to address these matters. The ALRC plans to release a Discussion Paper based on the findings from this consultation process in April 2014, and will provide its final report to the Attorney-General by August 2014.

Submissions are due to the ALRC on 20 January 2013 via the online submission form.

People with Disability Australia will be making a submission to the Inquiry.  For more information about the Inquiry and to receive progress updates you can sign up to the ALRC E-news Disability Inquiry e-news.
 
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
 
First Assembly of Asia Pacific Disabled People’s Organisations United (DPO United), Republic of South Korea

PWDA was funded by the Korean Foundation of Disabled Persons (KOFOD) to attend the ‘International Forum for the Advocacy of Persons with Disabilities in Asia-Pacific and first Assembly of Asia-Pacific Disabled Peoples Organisations United (AP DPO United), which was held in Seoul, Republic of Korea 15-17 October 2013. PWDA currently holds the position of Vice Chair of the DPO United Committee and assisted in facilitating the event.

The documents and photos from the Forum and further information on DPO United can be found on the DPO United website.

For more information about PWDA’s participation in the Forum and our role as Vice Chair of DPO United, contact Samantha French, Advocacy Projects Manager on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email samanthaf@pwd.org.au
 
Health Care Complaints Commission
 
On 20 November PWDA participated in a meeting of the Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC) Consumer Consultative Committee. The meeting discussed the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) Inquiry into False and Misleading Health Related Information and practices as well as the HCCC Annual Report.
 
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
 
Progress 2013 Conference

On 7 and 8 November, PWDA participated in the Progress 2013 Conference, an initiative of the Centre for Australia Progress, a new national organisation dedicated to building the advocacy capacity of Australian civil society.

Progress 2013 brought together leaders, social entrepreneurs, campaigners, advocates, activists, philanthropists and thinkers who work towards achieving a forward thinking Australia.  The purpose was to share information, share ideas, learn, think, strategise and collaborate around the collective task of building a better, fairer and more equal society.

PWDA Co-CEO Matthew Bowden presented as a panel member of the session ‘the spirit level in practice: how we can tackle inequality in Australia’ and discussed themes around the social, economic and political segregation and discrimination of people with disability.
 
Shut In Update

PWDA has continued to support the Shut In Campaign to close institutions. We work with our Campaign partners to ensure that institutions are closed and residents can access appropriate housing and support to live wherever they choose.

PWDA and other Shut In Campaign members supported the writing of Disability Rights Now, the report to the UN regarding how Australia is performing against the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). We were very pleased to see that the Committee asked for detailed responses on the government’s continuing funding of institutions, including new facilities.

The NDIS has been monitored closely by the Shut In Campaign as it is not yet clear how the roll-out will affect those living in institutions. The test sites of the Hunter region, NSW and the Barwon region in Victoria, will be confronting these questions in early and mid 2014 respectively. Campaign partners are working to ensure that residents have access to independent advocacy and self-advocacy and mentoring from members of the community. This is key to ensuring that the promise of the NDIS to deliver choice and control to people with disability is extended to those living in institutions.

PWDA is also supporting the Shut In Campaign through the updating of the website and an increased presence on social media. As part of PWDA’s volunteer program, our first remote volunteer, Ricky Buchanan, has begun work on ‘Institution Watch,’ a new page to be added to the Shut In website which lists all institutions in Australia, open and closed, with information about each of them.

PWDA Advocacy Projects Manager, Samantha French and Advocacy Projects Officer, Jess Cadwallader also attended Caloola 21 on Thursday 7 November 2013, in Melbourne. This event celebrated the 21st anniversary of the closure of Caloola, and involved ex-residents, Community Visitors who were central to the closure and key government decision-makers from the time. Samantha French presented on the Shut In campaign and the CRPD to this event.

For more information about the Shut In Campaign contact Jess Cadwallader, Advocacy Projects Officer on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email jessc@pwd.org.au
 
Stop the Violence Project

Stop the Violence Project logoAs a partner organisation with Women With Disabilities Australia and the University of NSW, PWDA has been working on the Stop the Violence Project (STVP), a national reform project aimed at improving violence prevention and response for women and girls with disability in Australia.

On 25 October 2013, the STVP hosted a National Symposium at the Australian Human Rights Commission.  The Opening Address was given by the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, the Hon Senator Michaelia Cash. 
 
The National Symposium participants heard from women with disability, researchers and advocates on the issue of violence against women and girls with disability before breaking into working groups to discuss key aspects of the evidence gathered throughout the STVP.

The podcasts and transcripts from the STVP National Symposium are available here http://www.stvp.org.au/National-Symposium.htm

More information about the STVP can be found on the PWDA website http://www.pwd.org.au/latest-news/stop-the-violence-project-stvp.html or the STVP website www.stvp.org.au

For 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
Striking the Balance: Justice, rights and community safety conference

Between 7-10 October PWDA attended the 7th ACSO criminal justice and forensic disability conference in Melbourne. 

The conference discussed themes such as future directions in mental health: ethical, legal and practice issues, people with intellectual disability in the criminal justice system, improving outcomes for people with an acquired brain injury in the criminal justice system, the future of forensic mental health, serious sex offenders in the community, employment of ex-offenders, preventive detention and justice reinvestment.

Information gathered from this conference will assist PWDA in its human rights advocacy work around legal capacity, liberty and security of the person, and freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment. 

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
 
Supported decision making conference

On 18 October PWDA attended a conference on supported decision making hosted by the Office of the Victoria Public Advocate.  The conference discussed the various supported decision making initiatives currently ongoing in Australia, Article 12 of the Convention on the rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on equal recognition before the law, whether supported decision making can, or should, entirely replace substituted decision making models, and specific examples of supported decision making models for people with a mental illness, acquired brain injury or an intellectual disability.

Information gathered at this conference will assist PWDA in its ongoing work on reform of legal capacity legislation, for instance by way of a submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission Inquiry into Equal recognition before the law.  It also forms part of our advocacy work aiming to ensure that NDIS participants exercise full choice and control in the planning and receipt of their self-directed disability supports.

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
 
Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman Consumer Roundtables
 
The Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) held Consultation Roundtables across Australian capital cities during Oct-Nov 2013 to seek feedback on ways in which the TIO can make changes to ensure their dispute resolution services are relevant and responsive to needs of consumers. PWDA participated in the Sydney Roundtable to provide input from the perspective of people with disability. 

Some of the issues discussed at the Roundtables included:
  • The accessibility of TIO services;
  • An ongoing consultation framework between consumer representatives and the TIO;
  • Telecommunication issues of central importance to consumers and their representatives.
The TIO will be preparing a report from the Roundtables, including recommendations about any proposed changes to the TIO and their services.  PWDA will provide a link to the Report on our website once available.

For more information about PWDA’s participation in the TIO Roundtable Consultations, contact Samantha French, Advocacy Projects Manager on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email samanthaf@pwd.org.au 
Training for Indonesian NGOs on the UN shadow report process

PWDA and the Australian Centre for Disability Law (ACDL) provided training to representatives of Indonesian Disabled Peoples Organisations (DPOs) on  the 14, 15 and 21 October about the UN review process for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The training was part of the Australia Indonesia Partnership for Justice (AIPJ) program funded by AusAID.

The training drew on PWDA’s and ACDL’s experience of working on the CRPD Shadow Report for Australia and our participation in the UN review of Australia in September 2013. We were able to share our experiences of the process of drafting the Shadow Report, our advocacy within Australia using the report and our advocacy at the UN for the review of Australia.

The training resulted in an action plan for Indonesian DPOs to being the process for preparation of their Shadow Report for the upcoming UN review of Indonesia under the CRPD.

For 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
Training to Auburn Council

On 19 November, PWDA Advocacy Projects Manager, Sam French delivered training on disability awareness and communication to over 40 staff at Auburn City Council who have customer contact.

For information on training for local government contact Pete Darby, Projects Liaison Officer on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email peted@pwd.org.au
 
Transport for NSW - Wayfinding field visit
 
The Transport for NSW Department is currently undertaking a major project to revise the NSW wayfinding systems used across the NSW transport network. ‘Wayfinding’ encompasses all of the ways in which people orientate and find their way around the built environment), which includes changes to signage, tactile ground surface indicators (TGSI) and mapping systems.

PWDA is an active member of the Transport for NSW ‘Accessible Transport Advisory Committee’ (ATAC), and is also a member of the ATAC ‘Wayfinding Subcommittee’, which has been set up to review progress and provide feedback on the Department’s Wayfinding Program.

On 25 October PWDA took part in an on-site consultation to review some of the wayfinding initiatives that are being trialled at two of Sydney’s major train stations (Martin Place and Circular Quay) to review some of the new wayfinding initiatives that are being trialled. Feedback from the site visit will feed into the more formal Customer Testing Report being prepared by the Department and PWDA will continue to have regular input to this area of work.

For more information about PWDA’s participation in the Accessible Transport Advisory Committee (ACAT), contact Samantha French, Advocacy Projects Manager on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email samanthaf@pwd.org.au
 
United Nations High Level Meeting on Disability and Development (HLMDD) and General Assembly Special Event on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
 
High-level dignitaries and civil society leaders gathered in New York 23-25 September 2013 for the United Nations (UN) High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly on the realisation of the MDGs and other internationally agreed development goals for people with disability and the Special Event towards achieving the MDGs. PWDA participated in these meetings and the many side-events held during the week. It is the first time in UN history that the rights of people with disability have been discussed within the framework of the UN political agenda.

The HLMDD Outcome Document underlines the importance of inclusion of disability in national and international development strategies for realisation of the MDGs; inclusion of disability in the mechanisms leading up to the post-2015 development agenda and for the need to include people with disability in these discourses. The Special Event on MDGs Outcome Document of the Special Event talks about inclusivity; making MDGs and post-2015 a reality for those who have been left behind; and puts special emphasis on cross-cutting issues and multiplier effect; although unfortunately it does not specifically mention disability.

Disabled People’s International (DPI) has prepared a summary of the Post 2015 Development Agenda.

For more information about PWDA’s participation in the UN meetings and work on Post 2015 Development Agenda, contact Samantha French, Advocacy Projects Manager on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email samanthaf@pwd.org.au
 
United Nations Universal Periodic Review
 
In November PWDA contributed to the Joint non-government organisations (NGO) update to Australia’s progress in implementing the recommendations of the UN Universal Periodic Review process held in 2011.  163 recommendations were made to Australia as a result of the 2011 review and the NGO submission stated whether each had been implemented, partly implemented or not implemented along with a brief summary of developments in the relevant topic area.

PWDA contributed to sections on the continued practice of non-therapeutic sterilisation of people with disability, the development and implementation of the National Disability Strategy, and the failure to incorporate the Convention on the Rights of people with Disabilities (CRPD) into domestic law through comprehensive, judicially enforceable legislation.

The submission should shortly be available on this website http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/UPR/Pages/AUSession10.aspx

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
 
Vale Sam Visoni

The Board and staff of People with Disability Australia express our deepest sympathy at the great loss of disability rights pioneer and champion Mr Sam Vilsoni.

PWDA has worked very closely with Sam and will miss his input and contribution to the understanding of disability inclusive development and human rights within Australian DPOs. 
 
His generous and strong leadership of the disability rights movement in the Asia Pacific region will be greatly missed.  He remains a great mentor for us all, and we thank him for his work and friendship.

Our thoughts are with Sam’s family and friends, and his colleagues within the PDF family.
 
 Photograph of Sam Visoni 
Mr Sam Visoni
 
International News
 
1 Dec: World AIDS Day 2013
Globally the rate of HIV/AIDS infection among people with disability is three times as high as it is among people without disability. This year, Australia also saw a 10% increase in the rate of new diagnoses, the largest increase in 20 years.
 
12 Nov: Super Typhoon Haiyan
Handicap International is sending a team of emergency specialists to the Philippines in response to the disaster now gripping the country. They will complement the work already being done by the organisation’s teams in the field. The specialists will case-manage the most vulnerable individuals, such as people with disabilities, older people and children, who are particularly at risk in this type of situation.
http://www.handicapinternational.be/en/news/super-typhoon-haiyan-handicap-international-sends-emergency-team-to-the-philippines
 
25 Nov: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Globally, for the first time ever, the number of women experiencing violence is more than the number of malnourished people in the world. One in three women worldwide experiences violence, a breach of their human rights. In Australia, women and girls with disability experience violence twice as frequently as women and girls without disability. Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has called on the international community to be "part of creating solutions” to the pandemic of violence against women and girls.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfyfBiqdvak&feature=youtu.be
 
Breaking the Barriers – Ending Violence and Abuse Against Women and Children with Disability
The Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) calls on Pacific Island States, Non Government Organisations, Faith-based Organisations, development partners and donors to break institutional barriers to adopt a more central role in the fight against violence and abuse against women and children with disability.
 
National News
 
Australian Human Rights Commission President announces Human Rights Medal nominees
21 November 2013
“The annual Human Rights Awards celebrate individuals, businesses and community organisations across Australia who have advanced human rights during the year,” said Commission President, Professor Gillian Triggs
https://www.humanrights.gov.au/news/stories/president-announces-human-rights-medal-nominees
 
International Day of People with Disability turns 21
Senator Mitch Fifield, Assistant Minister for Social Services
This year is a significant milestone for International Day of People with Disability—marking 21 years of promoting an understanding of people with disability.
http://www.mitchfifield.com/Media/MediaReleases/tabid/70/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/723/International-Day-of-People-with-Disability-turns-21.aspx
 
Posthumous Award for Disability Advocate
28 November 2013
ProBono News
Passionate disability advocate, the late Lesley Hall, has been awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize for Outstanding Achievement at the National Disability Awards.
http://www.probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2013/11/posthumous-award-disability-advocate#sthash.z0bdnWPy.dpuf
 
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.
 
Disability and Parenthood
 
Survey : Disability and Mental Health
 
Attitudes to sexuality, relationships and child-rearing: A study about people with genetic neurodevelopmental disorders
 
Autism Spectrum Disorders
 
Physical Activity following Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)
 
Young people 13-18 attending school with a hearing loss/Deaf
http://uwseducation.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bOOff9j5O3ZURiR
 
If you would like to promote your survey or consultation
in the PWDA EBulletin please email pwd@pwd.org.au  
Closing date must accompany your information.
 
Inquiries, Reviews and Commissions
 
Legislative Council Select Committee on Social, Public and Affordable Housing
 
The Select Committee on Social, Public and Affordable Housing was established on Wednesday 13 November 2013 to inquire into and report on demand for social, public and affordable housing in New South Wales.

The Legislative Council voted on Wednesday 13 November 2013 to establish a Select Committee on Social, Public & Affordable Housing, with wide ranging terms of reference. The Committee was established with the support of the Greens, Opposition and Christian Democratic Party. It is to be chaired by CDP member Paul Green MLC, with Jan Barham MLC from the Greens Deputy Chair. The committee has yet to hold its first meeting or finalise the timetable for submissions etc.

The terms of reference are on the website at
http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/prod/parlment/committee.nsf/0/91511C3EFEF3CE87CA257C22000559A6
 
 
Public Hearing: Towards Healing
 
The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Sydney commencing Monday 9 December 2013. The public hearing will look into the Towards Healing process adopted by the Catholic Church in responding to allegations of child sexual abuse.

Royal Commission CEO Janette Dines said individuals and organisations, who believe that they have an interest in the Scope and Purpose of the public hearing, are invited to lodge an application for leave to appear. The form and the submission should be lodged by 22 November 2013 with the Royal Commission via email: solicitor@childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au or mail: GPO Box 5283, Sydney NSW 2001

For more information on lodging your submission call (02) 8282 3824 or email solicitor@childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au

The public can attend the hearing, or watch it live on the Royal Commission’s website. For more information, visit www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au  or phone 1800 099 340.

Stakeholder enquiries: stakeholders@childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au
 
Conferences and Events
Below are details of conferences and events to the end of September 2013.
 
26–27 November 2013: Adelaide SA 2nd National Indigenous Allied Health Australia Conference. http://iaha.com.au/events/2013-conference/
 
27–28 November 2013: Sydney NSW Implementing DisabilityCare Reforms Conference. Rydges World Square Sydney. http://implementingdisabilitycare.com/
 
30 Nov – 7 Dec 2013: Newcastle, NSW Inaugural Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games http://www.specialolympics.com.au/asiapacificgames
 
1 Dec 2013: World AIDS Day
http://www.worldaidsday.org.au/
 
2-3 December 2013: Sydney NSW 5th Annual Social Inclusion in Higher Education Conference. Sydney Harbour Marriott. http://www.informa.com.au/socialinclusion
 
2-6 Dec 2013: Melbourne VIC World Diabetes Congress. Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. http://www.arinex.com.au/wdc2013
 
3 Dec 2013: International Day of People with Disability - United Nations
http://www.idpwd.com.au/
 
5 Dec 2013: Melbourne VIC Human Rights and Employment of People with Disability public talk by Professor Ron McCallum AO. Prahran Mission, 211 Chapel St, Prahran VIC 3181
 
10 Dec 2013: Human Rights Day http://www.un.org
 
5 Feb 2014: Geelong VIC Having a Say Conference 2014 http://www.valid.org.au/conference/default.htm
  
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