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PWDA E-Bulletin
Edition #86 JULY/AUGUST 2013
ISSN 2202-0705
Rebecca and Luke talking and being filmed in Bundaberg Queensland by Screencraft for a film about disability advocacy.
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Dear ,
Welcome to PWDA’s July/August 2013 E-Bulletin.
Former PWDA individual advocacy client Rebecca and PWDA Advocate, Luke Gale are pictured above talking about disability advocacy in Bundaberg Queensland.
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  • Petition: Federal, State & Local Government, employers in business & the third sector: Work together to create 20,000 jobs a year for people with disability.
  • DisabilityCare Conference
  • Access to justice in the criminal justice system
  • DisabilityCare and people with disability
  • Conference of States Parties and Civil Society Forum in New York
  • NDSIRG - IWG Alice Springs Northern Territory
  • Recent Submissions
  • PWDA Member: Judy James - 2013 MS Advocate of the Year Award
  • 21 Up - IDPWD
  • Australian Electoral Commission Consultation
  • Advocacy Forum
  • PWDA participates in a film about Disability Advocacy
  • IDPWD Community event registrations open
  • People with Disability Australia Employment Opportunity
  • PWDA Website
Australian Disability News
From the President
After hard work by so many, it’s great to see DisabilityCare in operation at launch sites in NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. PWDA was strongly represented at the DisabilityCare conference and the Hunter launch.     
DisabilityCare can’t work alone and the next frontier is jobs and poverty.  The closure of the Myer petition says we need to kickstart the conversation and PWDA launched a new petition on packed with facts, ideas and solutions. PWDA will never be silenced on these issues as the gap is profound, especially for indigenous people as we heard at a recent National Disability Strategy Closing the Gap Indigenous Working Group Meeting in Alice Springs. 
 Photograph of Craig Wallace
Craig Wallace
President of People with Disability Australia
We have called on Federal, State and Local Government, employers in business and the third sector to Get Real on Jobs through a policy paper and have backed this up through media and articles on ABC Ramp Up on our ideas and the debate over Myer as well as an influential piece in the Australian Financial Review [paywalled]
An evidenced base approach is the backbone of our national effort.  During the first June week of sitting I  joined members of the systemic advocacy team in meetings with almost 30 MP’s and Senators making a robust case to sustain the NDIS, stop abuse, get real on jobs and make the Convention real during the next Parliament.  Those themes resonate in the daily work of PWDA’s dedicated advocates on the ground in Queensland and NSW. 
While PWDA is a national peak, the lack of formal recognition continues to hold the movement back.  Together we are a powerful voice for change and strength of numbers can build the voice that disability deserves in 2013.  Please spread the word and sign up to PWDA – it’s online, it’s easy and it’s free
Craig Wallace
PWDA President
Media Releases
11 August: Stop the Abuse
People with Disability Australia (PWDA) has called for a coordinated national effort to stamp out violence, abuse and neglect of people with disability and improve access to the justice system.

Read more
4 August: WA in NDIS – Whole of Australia covered
People with Disability Australia (PWDA) has welcomed the announcement by Prime Minister Rudd that Western Australia will sign up to DisabilityCare.

Read more
8 July 2013 : Australia, let's get real with jobs
People with Disability Australia calls on Federal, State and Local Government, employers in business and the third sector to get real with jobs for people with disability with the launch of our Getting Real on Jobs.
Read more
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 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.
Petition: Federal, State & Local Government, employers in business & the third sector: Work together to create 20,000 jobs a year for people with disability.
Australians with disability are skilled, productive, loyal, hard-working Australians who deserve a fair go like the rest of Australia.

As the debate on Myer has highlighted, lack of jobs for people with disability in Australia is a national tragedy of poverty and wasted talent brought about by a lack of will and ignorance about the skills and talents of people with disability.
Keyboard with button labelled JOB
Image: Computer keyboard with button labelled JOB
The goal of 20,000 jobs a year for Australians with disability is an achievable goal and would provide employment for 200,000 people with disability by 2023 - Sign the Petition
DisabilityCare Conference
On 23 and 24 June PWDA staff Matthew Bowden and Ngila Bevan joined board members Heidi Forrest, Kristy Trajcevski, Fiona Given and Tom Banks at the DisabilityCare Conference in Melbourne.
The conference was opened by Minister Jenny Macklin and was followed by key note address and presentations from Bruce Bonyhady (Chair of DisabilityCare Board), Ron McCallum (Vice-chair of Committee on the CRPD) and Graeme Innes (Disability Discrimination Commissioner).
Conference sessions included presentations highlighting NDIS Practical Design Fund (PDF) projects focusing on inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability in DisabilityCare, the delivery of supports to remote communities,
Bruce Bonyhady AM, (DisabilityCare Australia Board Chair), Heidi Forrest (Vice-President of People with Disability Australia) and Shaun McCarthy (Director of Newcastle Legal Centre) at the DisabilityCare conference.Bruce Bonyhady AM, (DisabilityCare Australia Board Chair), Heidi Forrest (Vice-President of People with Disability Australia) and Shaun McCarthy (Director of Newcastle Legal Centre) at the conference.
choice and control, capacity building and self-management, gender analysis of service delivery, supports for people with intellectual disability, workforce and innovation and supports to children. 
Matthew Bowden (PWDA Co-Chief Executive Officer), Board Members Thomas Banks and Fiona Given, PWDA Vice-President Heidi Forrest, Ngila Bevan (Human Rights Adviser) and Board Member Kristy Trajcevski at the My Choice, My Control, My Future: DisabilityCare Australia conference in Melbourne Victoria.
Matthew Bowden (PWDA Co-Chief Executive Officer), Board Members Thomas Banks and
Fiona Given, PWDA Vice-President Heidi Forrest, Ngila Bevan (Human Rights Adviser)
and Board Member Kristy Trajcevski at the My Choice, My Control, My Future:
DisabilityCare Australia conference in Melbourne Victoria.
All presentations were filmed and should be available on the DisabilityCare website soon 
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
Access to justice in the criminal justice system
On 18 July, PWDA Human Rights Advisor Ngila Bevan and Vice-President Heidi Forrest attended a forum about Access to Justice for people with disability in Newcastle hosted by Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes. 
Graeme Innes is currently holding public meetings around Australia to hear directly from people with disability who need communication supports, or who have complex and multiple support needs, about their experiences with the criminal justice system. The Commission is concerned that people with disability who need communication supports or who have complex and multiple support needs are not having their rights protected and are not being treated equally in police stations, courts, prisons and juvenile justice centres across Australia. This is happening to people with disability who are victims of crime, accused of crimes, witnesses, defendants and offenders.
 Marlon was denied fair access to justice because he has a disability.
Marlon Noble was denied fair access to justice
because he has a disability.
Commissioner Innes is taking submissions on this topic until 9 August and will release a report by the end of the year. If you would like to share your experience of the justice system, good or bad, you can contact the Human Rights Commission through this link.  You will also find information about public meetings in your area and a discussion paper about the barriers to justice for people with disability.
PWDA will be preparing a submission based on the views of PWDA members and supporters who participated in our Facebook Forum on Saturday 10 August 2013.
To read more of Marlon Noble's story visit 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  
DisabilityCare and people with disability
On 28 June PWDA Human Rights Advisor Ngila Bevan and PWDA member Paul Jones participated in a roundtable run by the National Disability and Carers Alliance and the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) on ‘Disability at the Margins of the NDIS’.  The roundtable considered ways to ensure that people with mild intellectual disability, acquired brain injury or autism were included in the NDIS and what advocacy needs to be done to make sure that they receive maximum benefit from the scheme. 
DisabilityCare Australia was launched on 1 July and PWDA Human Rights Advisor Ngila Bevan gave an interview to ABC News 24 discussing the ways in which the scheme should improve the lives of people with disability.   
DisabilityCare Australia logo and images of adults
DisabilityCare Australia logo and images of adults.
On 4 July Ngila spoke at the Progressive Sydney Breakfast, which is facilitated by the SEARCH Foundation.  She spoke about the launch of DisabilityCare Australia, the ways in the paradigm shift towards persons centred approaches could be replicated in other areas of public policy and what the benefits of this could be for people with disability.
For information about DisabilityCare Australia and when it will begin in your area see
For more information contact Ngila Bevan, Human Rights Advisor on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email  
Conference of States Parties and Civil Society Forum in New York
From 17-19 July, representatives from countries that have ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) met for the sixth session of the Conference of States Parties (COSP) at the United Nations in New York.  
Samantha French, Advocacy Projects Manager represented PWDA at this event. On Tuesday 16 July, Samantha participated with CSOs (civil society organizations), DPOs (Disabled Peoples Organisations) and other stakeholders in a Civil Sociaety Forum. This was to discuss issues on the agenda of the sixth session of the Conference of States Parties, as well as the forthcoming High-level meeting on Disability (23 September 2013).
PWDA Advocacy Projects Manager, Samantha French at the UN in New York
PWDA Advocacy Projects Manager, Samantha French
at the UN in New York
This year's civil society forum was co-sponsored by the Governments of Australia, Bulgaria, Mexico and New Zealand, and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and co-ordinated by the International Disability Alliance (IDA) with the support of Disabled People’s International (DPI), Disability Rights Fund (DRF), the Global Partnership for Disability and Development (GPDD), Human Rights Watch (HRW), the International Development and Disability Consortium (IDDC) and
Rehabilitation International (RI).  Panelists and participants focused on mainstreaming disability in the development agenda.
For the first time, the entire COSP and Civil Society Forum were webcast live from the United Nations and  International Sign interpretation and closed-captioning was included.
The agenda for the Civil Society Forum is available at:
The webcast for the COSP is available at
For more information contact Sam French, Advocacy Projects Manager on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email
NDSIRG - IWG Alice Springs Northern Territory
PWDA Co-Chief CEO, Matthew Bowden travelled to Alice Springs, Northern Territory to work with the National Disability Strategy Implementation Reference Group Indigenous Working Group (NDSIRG - IWG) in July

Hosted by the Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women's Council, Matthew and Damian Griffths of First Peoples Disability Network were part of the group working to develop targets for the Commonwealth Government for closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability.
For more information contact Matthew Bowden, Co-Chief CEO on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email 
Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women's Council in Alice Springs, Northern Territory
Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women's Council in Alice Springs, Northern Territory
Recent Submissions
On 27 June PWDA made a submission to the Commonwealth Attorney General re The Draft Terms of Reference into the Review of Equal Recognition before the Law and Legal Capacity for People with Disability. The terms of reference were published on 23 July and are available on the Attorney-General's website
Disability Commissioner Graeme Innes has been appointed by the Attorney General to support the inquiry, which will be run by the Australian Law Reform Commission. PWDA will be consulting with members and supporters throughout the duration of the inquiry so that we can feed back your views into the reform process.
On 3 July PWDA provided comments to FaHCSIA on the Proposed National Framework for Reducing the Use of Restrictive Practices in the Disability Service Sector. The Proposed Framework can be read here on the FaHCSIA 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  
PWDA Member: Judy James - 2013 MS Advocate of the Year Award
Queensland PWDA member, Judy James is a tireless and relentless advocate for people with disability. This year, MS QLD has recognised her work and awarded her MS Advocate of the Year. Judy's advocacy work has achieved local, national and international influence.
Her tireless efforts include successfully lobbying to have Betaferon added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, petitioning for re-access to the local pool for people living with MS and lobbying Government for better CAPS funding. She has advocated for the Electricity rebate scheme for people with MS who require air conditioning in the hot weather and for improved airport and travel facilities for all people with disability.
Photo of Judy James at an Investiture at Government House, Brisbane QLD

Judy James with her award at at an Investiture in Government House, Brisbane Queensland.
Judy has actively played a role helping and supporting people with MS and their families in Toowoomba and surrounding districts stretching far west into the country for over 20 years, where she has held positions of President, Treasurer and Advocacy.  At the age of 73, Judy took part in one of MS Queensland’s Swimathons and is a powerful force for the MS cause. People with Disability Australia is honoured to have Judy James as a member and to share her story.
To read more about the MS Qld awards and stories of all nominees please visit the MS Queensland website.
21 Up - IDPWD
Are you a person with a disability who is turning 21 this year? Are you pursuing your dreams and goals? Would you like to be part of a national story with other 21 year olds?
2013 marks the 21st anniversary of International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) and to help mark this milestone we want to share the stories of people who are celebrating their 21st birthdays this year.
International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) logo

International Day of People with Disability - 3 December
The International Day of People with Disability team is seeking people with disability from across all parts of Australia who turn 21 in 2013 to be part of a national project to showcase achievements and forecast future hopes and dreams.
The IDPwD team wants individuals from around Australia to be part of the national story. If you are, or know someone with a disability who has achieved success in life, study or work which has allowed them to pursue dreams and goals, why not be part of a national story to mark the 21st celebrations of International Day of People with Disability.
The IDPwD team hopes to identify 21 people from across Australia and tell 21 stories as 21 reasons to celebrate this milestone together.
Please check out the Twenty One page on the website, email or phone 1800 672 682.
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 contact Ngila Bevan, Human Rights Advisor on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email  
Advocacy Forum
On 25 June PWDA staff Matthew Bowden and Ngila Bevan participated in a Forum on ‘Advocacy in the DisabilityCare Launch Sites’ run by the Disability Advocacy Network Australia (DANA). 
DANA has also recently launched an ‘Advokit’ to support advocacy for people with disability in connection with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)/DisabilityCare.
It is available here
  Advokit by DANA
PWDA participates in a film about Disability Advocacy
In July, PWDA Advocate Luke Gale, Co-CEO Matthew Bowden and former PWDA individual advocacy client Rebecca Schulte participated in a film about disability advocacy.
Rebecca and Luke were filmed at our Bundaberg office and Rebecca shared how our advocacy support assisted her. Sceencraft is making the film about disability advocacy for FaHCSIA.
For more information contact Matthew Bowden, Co-Chief CEO on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email 
Rebecca being filmed and interviewed by Screencraft in July 2013 in Bundaberg, Queensland.

Rebecca being filmed and interviewed by Screencraft  in Bundaberg, Queensland - July 2013.
IDPWD Community event registrations open
Event registrations for International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) are now open.  By registering your event on the IDPwD website, you get free promotion on the IDPwD website and also free merchandise to help promote your celebration.

If you haven’t started planning, now is the time to start thinking. You will find helpful tips and tools in the 3 December section of the IDPwD website to help you. If you want to keep things discreet, you can mark your event as private when you register.  This is perfect for employee-only events and school discos.
International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) logo

International Day of People with Disability - 3 December
To make sure you don’t miss out on IDPwD activities, sign up to the e-newsletter by visiting the “Connect with Us” section on the IDPwD website or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.
People with Disability Australia Employment Opportunity
Advocate - Contract Position to September 2014 (possible ext.) at our Sydney office close to Redfern and Central Stations. Part-time: 21 hours per week. ($57,689 - $62,195) plus super pro-rated  (salary packaging options available).
People with Disability Australia Incorporated (PWDA) is a leading national disability rights and advocacy organisation that is seeking a skilled individual to provide advocacy support to individuals or groups of individuals with disability, and their associates and to promote and protect their human, legal and service user rights in accordance with the National Disability Service Standards.
Information package Download the Information Package (Word 73kb) that includes the selection criteria, which you must  address in your application.
Applications close:  5pm 4 September 2013
People with disability and associates of people  with disability, including those from culturally and linguistically diverse,  and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds, are encouraged to apply.
For more information please study the information pack which can be downloaded from
PWDA Communications
By now you might have noticed the PWDA website has changed. We've all worked hard behind the scenes to create a simplified navigational system that still means you can find what you're looking for easily and quickly. Navigation is broken down into four main items - About, What We Do, Library and Participate. We think the fresh layout is attractive and user friendly.
Our social media platforms - Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest - are high up on each page making it easier than ever to get involved and engage with us online! Latest news items are a rolling smorgasboard on the right hand side of the home page which you can dip into depending on your interest.
Six large banners rotate on the home page will soon be linked to specific areas of the website and provide for even more access into the various ways you can get involved in and contribute to the disability rights movement in Australia.
As time goes on you'll see the new What's On? section grow as we add details about conferences, events, workshops, surveys, research, consultations and more from around the disability and community sector in Australia.
Finally, every page on the website is supported by ReadSpeaker - an online text to speech web-based application which allows the text on the website to be read out loud to you (in an Australian accent!). You don't need to download anything. You just press the listen button on the page to listen to the webpage’s content. You can stop and start the reading, use the progress bar to navigate in the audio, adjust the volume and more.

ReadSpeaker is not just for vision impaired users, it also means people with limited literacy skills, people who have trouble reading text on a computer screen, seniors and more can access the web. We believe this investment also demonstrates our vision of an "accessible and inclusive community" and makes our content more accessible and available to all members of the community.
For more information contact Craig Andrews, Communications Manager and Membership Development on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email 
International News
Disability inclusive disaster risk reduction
The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has created a website on Disability inclusive DRR in preparation for 13 October 13 2013 - International Day for Disaster Reduction 2013.
Google’s New Wearable Technology Helps Wheelchair Users
8 August 2013, Accessible Dispatch
Google Glass, a wearable computer with an optical display, is being developed by Google in a mission to produce the first mass produced hands-free mobile device.
State of the World's Children
UNICEF launched the 2103 edition of its flagship publication, State of the World’s Children that will focus on children with disability. The report covers children with disability in a varying worldwide landscape: how do they fare at home, in school, or at health care centres? What happens to children with disability in emergencies or conflict?
UP holds exam entirely in Braille
11 August 2013. Janvic Mateo, The Philippine Star
Two visually impaired senior high school students – who came all the way from Nueva Ecija and Bulacan – on Friday took the special University of the Philippines College Admission Test (UPCAT), which was administered for the first time using an entire Braille test booklet.
National News
1000 Voices is looking for new disability stories!
Stories can be mostly text or can include creative multimedia elements e.g. photos, video, music, poetry, etc. Information on how to upload stories to 1000 Voices is available at  The 1000Voices team can also provide hands on assistance - for more information email 
$1.6 million extra for national disability employment projects
30 June 2013, the Hon Bill Shorten MP, Press Release
The Labor Government is providing $1.6 million nationally for innovative projects aimed at increasing employment opportunities for people with disability. Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Bill Shorten said the funding will help to address the very low participation in the labour force in Australia of people with disability.
Emergency communication guidelines with people with disability
New national guidelines will help emergency managers and emergency service personnel better communicate with Australians with disability. Communicating with People with Disability: National Guidelines for Emergency Managers has been published as part of the Australian Emergency Management Handbook and Manual Series.
Finalists announced for National Disability Awards
25 July 2013, Joint Media Release with The Hon Jenny Macklin MP, Minister for Disability Reform and The Hon Amanda Rishworth MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers
Australia’s first ever fully accessible theatre performance for deaf, blind, sighted and hearing audiences, an apprenticeship employment program for people with disability and an iPad and iPhone application that personalises care needs for use by all people with disability are among the finalists in this year’s National Disability Awards.
GoTheatrical Audio Description
The Captioning Studio has launched a new platform, GoTheatrical-AD™, set to revolutionise the way people who are blind experience live theatre and events. This mobile app for live audio description (AD) provides the verbal narration of visual media, such as TV, movies, and live performances and events, and is generally delivered during gaps in the dialogue.  By describing visual elements such as scenes, costumes, locations and action, it assists millions of people worldwide who are blind or have low vision, including over 600,000 Australians.
Human Rights Awards 2013
Nominations for the 2013 Human Rights Awards now open. Nominate people who have contributed to human rights in Australia and recognise their efforts to achieve better human rights outcomes in their work or community. Closing: 13 Sept 2013
Loging your Tax Return
From 30 June, you might need to lodge a tax return with the Australian Taxation Office, (ATO). From 1 July 2012, the tax-free threshold increased from $6,000 to $18,200. This means that if you earned less than $18,200 in a financial year, you may not need to lodge a tax return. You will need to lodge a tax return for 2012-13 if:
  • you've paid tax, or had tax withheld
  • your taxable income was greater than $18,200 and you are an Australian resident for taxation purposes for the full year
  • you are or were in business – regardless of the level of income.
The ATO has a free, online tool that helps people work out if they need to lodge, available at
You can lodge your tax return in a number of different ways:
  • Online using e-tax, the ATO’s free, fast and secure lodgment service. Best of all most refunds are issued in 12 business days or less. E-tax can be downloaded at
  • Using a registered tax agent. If you decide to pay someone to help you complete and lodge your tax return, you should make sure they are registered with the Tax Practitioners Board at
  • Using the paper tax return form that comes with the ATO’s Individual tax return instructions. Copies can be ordered online at or by calling 1300 720 092
Need help with your tax return? If you earn around $50,000 or less and have relatively simple tax affairs, an ATO trained volunteer may be able to help you at a community centre near you.  Tax Help is available between 1 July and 31 October each year. For more information visit the ATO website at
If you are preparing your own tax return, you will need to lodge it by 31 October 2013.
For more information visit or phone the ATO on 13 28 61.
Retune - across Australia
As the final step in Australia’s move to digital-only TV, some channels will change frequencies. Retuning allows your digital equipment to receive TV channels on their new frequencies. The retune begins in May 2013 and is due to be completed by 31 December 2014. Different areas will need to retune on different dates. To find your area's retune date, use the ‘Get retune info' box on the Federal Government's Retune website 
Telephone assisted voting
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
Boost for ACT disability services
1 July 2013, Lisa Mosley, ABC News
Disability services in the ACT have been given a boost ahead of the introduction of the Federal Government's National Disability Insurance Scheme next year.
Disability grant helps one recipient rest easy
1 July 2013, Peter Jean, ACT News
Being told he could decide how to spend a government grant to help improve his quality of life was a disconcerting experience for Norman Hura.
NDIS launch delayed in ACT
16 July 2013, Business Spectator
The launch of the national disability insurance scheme (NDIS) in the ACT has been delayed by a year due to fears providers may be unable to cope with the new model, according to The Australian. 
New South Wales News
Delineate: NSW grant program for artists with disability now open
Accessible Arts fosters the growth of arts and disability practice throughout New South Wales. Accessible Arts, in partnership with Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC), will give six successful recipients $3000 towards an arts project and/or program to be developed throughout the 2013 Don’t DIS my ABILITY campaign. Delineate funds innovative projects in many art forms including dance, music, theatre, visual arts, writing, screen arts, hybrid/Interdisciplinary arts, multimedia and community arts . Applications are called for from anywhere within the six ADHC regions with one project being selected from each area.Applications Open: Monday 15 July 6am. Applications Close: Monday 26 August 6pm. More information on or contact Sarah-Vyne Vassallo or phone (02) 9251 6499 ext 110.
Special Olympics Volunteers
Volunteers are needed for the Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games to be held in Newcastle NSW in December 2013. If you are interested or know others who might be, please visit the website.
Younger People in Residential Aged Care in NSW: A call to action!
Brain Injury NSW is running this petition to put forward to the politicians and policymakers in NSW this issue of young people going into residential aged care. Petition forms and more information on the BIANSW website
Northern Territory News
Dion a great achiever
18 June 2013, Megan Palin NT News
Mr Beasley can't speak as a result of his disability. Last year he was a finalist in the Pride of Australia Medal Courage category.
So apparently this is just fine
24 July 2013
Ben Smee, NT News
PUBLIC servants who parked a government-branded car across two disabled spaces did not breach any NT Government policy, the Health department has claimed.
‘Unfit to plead’: why does the law jail those with intellectual disabilities indefinitely?
2 July 2013
Bernadette McSherry, The Conversation
People with intellectual disabilities who are found to be “unfit to plead” are still locked away for years on end in Western Australia. Similarly, in the Northern Territory, this detention occurs in prison, usually in maximum security settings.
Queensland News
Disability hurts hiring prospects
4 August 2013, Jade Kidd, Goldcoast
Despite having more than 30 years of retail experience, Gold Coast resident Nia Murphy cannot get a job and claims it is because of one word - disability.
Disability no barrier to arts
24 July 2013
Emma Sykes, 612 ABC Brisbane
A real blind person playing the role of a blind person is unfortunately still a novel scene on a Queensland stage.

Solutions needed for disabled people stuck in hospitals
4 July 2013
Ava Benny-Morrison, Queensland Times
QUEENSLAND'S Public Advocate has intervened in the controversy surrounding people with disabilities stuck in hospitals.
South Australia News
MS Society of SA & NT
Unfortunately the MS Society of NT has closed, however, there is a planned visit from MS representatives
from South Australia during the week of 28/10/13 – 1/11/13 when they plan to hold forums for Clients and
Health Professionals and a clinic for Clients. They are keen to make the most of this visit and invite
organisations to make contact with them if they would like to be involved. Contact Lee O'Connell Physiotherapist MS Society of SA & NT on lo'
Tasmania News
Art project sheds new light on brain injury
13 August 2013, Lucy Shannon, ABC News
A contemporary art work in Tasmania is telling some rarely heard stories from people with an acquired brain injury.
Cabbies not playing fare
11 August 2013, Duncan Abey, The Mercury
A WHEELCHAIR-bound Hobart man has called on the State Government to urgently reform Tasmania's maxi-taxi industry, which he says is rife with cowboys ignoring the needs of disabled passengers in the pursuit of fast bucks.
Victoria News
Our shocking stats for acquired brain injuries
12 August 2013, Mandy Squires, Geelong Advertiser
The number of people receiving brain injuries from car crashes in the Geelong region each year has nearly tripled since 2008.
Western Australia News
WA signs on to Disability Care
4 August 2013, ABC News
The Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says he has reached a deal with Western Australia over the national disability insurance scheme, known as Disability Care Australia.
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.
Accessible Tourism Europe
The European Commission is launching an online survey to better understand the demand for Accessible Tourism in Europe and beyond until the 22 August 2013. 
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.

Feedback about your contact with, and services provided by, EnableNSW 
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.
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 email
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 or by telephone on 02 9859 5200 or 1300 884 563 or email
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
Physical Disability Council of NSW (PDCN) Community Consultation
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 or by telephone on (02) 9385 3747.
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. 
Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission call for research participants
VEOHRC is conducting research into the experiences of people with disability in Victoria when they report crime. The project is focusing on crimes against the person. For more information contact Wendy Sanderson, Senior Advisor, Strategic Projects on or phone (03) 9032 3492
If you have a survey or consultation for the September edition of the PWDA EBulletin
please email us. Closing date must accompany your information.
New Resources
Arthritis and disability Research plan, SPRC Report 8/13, for Arthritis Australia by Kayess, R., Fisher, K.R., Smedley, C., Bates, S and Jones, A. (2013)
Better Life Communications
A social enterprise which provides risk free mobile phone plans to those who are experiencing financial disadvantage. We provide fixed price, no risk mobile phone plans so people know what they pay each month. Our plans have no contract, no extra costs, no startup costs and no surprises. You get unlimited talk and SMS to numbers in Australia. Plus 2GB data. If you have a Health Care Card you pay just $31 each month. No Health Care Card?  You pay $36 each month. For more information please see the website
DisabilityCare Videos Live on Site….
DisabilityCare Australia have launched a series of videos explaining how DisabilityCare works. Available in a number of formats. All videos have captions available as an option and are available with Auslan. Transcripts are provided.
Leura Day Options Video
Leura Day Options, a service of Greystanes Disability Services, has launched a new DVD which focuses on the person centred approaches that are used to actively support people with disability at Greystanes. The Active Support video can be viewed at For more information about the services that Greystanes provides, please ring (02) 4784 1118.
Living Life My Way Framework
The Minister for Ageing and Disability Services has made the Living Life My Way Framework: Transitioning NSW to the National Disability Insurance Scheme available on the NSW Government Family and Community Services website.
New rights for Boarding House occupants
The Boarding Houses Act 2012 commenced in full on July 1st 2013 protecting the rights of boarding house occupants in New South Wales. The Tenants' Union has produced a factsheet on the new laws and updated the Boarding Houses chapter in the online Tenants' Rights Manual. More information in their blog, The Brown Couch.
School readiness program for Aboriginal children with additional needs: working with children, families, communities and service providers. Interim evaluation report, Purcal, C., Newton, B.J., Fisher, K.R., Eastman, C., Mears, T. (2013).
SPRC Report 4/13, for Northcott Disability Services NSW, Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney.
Inquiries, Reviews and Commissions
Involuntary or coerced sterilisation of people with disabilities in Australia
The first report of the Senate Committee inquiry into the involuntary or coerced sterilisation of people with disabilities in Australia was handed down on 17 July 2013.
Conferences and Events
Below are details of conferences and events to the end of November 2013.
14-15 August 2013 Sydney NSW M-Enabling Australasia 2013  Hosted by ACCAN in partnership with Telstra. Australian Technology Park, Sydney NSW. More information phone (02) 9288 4000 or
16 August 2013 Adelaide SA Adelaide Disability & Ageing Expo. Adelaide Event & Exhibition Centre from 10am to 4pm.
21 August 2013 Penrith NSW Free Getting Started workshops by My Choice Matters, 9.30am-1pm.
23 August 2013 Ballina NSW Free Getting Started workshops by My Choice Matters, 9.30am-1pm.
27-28 August 2013 Geelong VIC ‘Stepping out, breaking through: choices and challenges in education’ Conference. Simonds Stadium, Kardinia Park, Geelong, Victoria
29 August 2013 Bathurst NSW Free Getting Started workshops by My Choice Matters, 9.30am-1pm.
30 August 2013 Web-based Creating Community Connections – Free Webinar. Friday 30 August 2013, 10-12noon.  For people with disability, family members, friends, allies and professionals
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
30 August 2013 Brisbane QLD Human Rights Vs. Restrictive Practices, Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland, Level 17, 53 Albert Street Brisbane. Contact Karlie Harris, Queensland Advocacy Incorporated, phone (07) 3844 4200 or email
31 August 2013 Dundas NSW Free Getting Started workshops targeting South Asian Communities, 2pm - 5pm.
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.
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
10 September 2013 Bega NSW Free Getting Started workshops by My Choice Matters, 9.30am-1pm.
13 September 2013 Camperdown NSW Futures Alliance for People with Disabilities who are Ageing Forum.  Contact (02) 9036 3600 or visit
14 September 2013 Wollongong NSW Free Getting Started workshops by My Choice Matters, 9.30am-1pm.
16-18 September 2013 Sydney NSW 14th Australian Social Policy Conference 'Contemporary Challenges for Social Policy'. Social Policy Research Centre, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052
17 September 2013 Taree NSW Free Getting Started workshops by My Choice Matters, 9.30am-1pm.
24-25 September 2013 World Square Sydney NSW Marketing in a Consumer Directed Environment. Rydges World Square, Sydney NSW Contact (02) 9239 5785 or email
13 October 2013 International Day for Disaster Reduction
16-18 October 2013 Sydney NSW 2nd International Conference of the World Federation of the Deaf. Wesley Conference Centre, 220 Pitt Street, Sydney. For more information email
18 October 2013 Abbortsford VIC Supported decision making: from theory to practice. 10am-4pm 18 October 2013 Collingwood Town Hall. 140 Hoddle Street, Abbotsford Victoria 3067. 
19 October 2013 Sydney NSW International Deaf Festival. Saturday 19 October 2013 10am-4pm. Palm Grove, Darling Harbour, Sydney.
22-23 October 2013 Melbourne VIC Building the Disability Workforce, CQ Functions, 113 Queen Street Melbourne. Contact Criterion Conferences on (02) 9239 5700 or email
30 October - 1 November 2013 Adelaide SA National Housing Conference 2013, Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, South Australia. Contact Anthony Smeaton, Conference and Events Manager AHURI on (03) 9660 2300 or email
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