Disability and social service links – 5 May

Thomas Banks is raising funds to finish a film about sex and disability.

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Editorial from 1981 about the Jerry Lewis US telethon for muscular dystrophy is worth revisiting, as it comes to an end, as are the words of the so-called ‘Jerry’s Kids.’

Yet more delays in sorting out paying people a fair wage, with the Australian Human Rights Commission extending the time to sort it out.

Some ideas to make dealing with telcos easier for people who are deaf and blind.

Uber has launched a ‘disability-friendly‘ service, called UberASSIST and is calling for drivers with accessible vehicles to get involved. No mention if the rates are going to be different, or if the app is accessible, but they’ve put captions and audio on the blog post.

ACOSS weighs into the debate about ‘Struggle Street’, while the Telegraph does a double-backflip with pike stick up for poor people, and the SMH gets a bit anthropological about those people way out there.

The submissions are in for the NDIS quality and standards consultation process.

(CN: abuse, death) This story, from Rick Morten, about Peta Doig, shows how much more there is to tell about abuse of disabled people. Sam Conner has been digging and digging to find out more about her life.

Jax Jackie Brown talks about what it’s like to have to justify her existence.

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Disability and social service links – 28 April

The COAG Disability Reform Council has released their statement about what Disability Ministers talked about at their latest meeting. Highlights include:

  • Details on the transition to the full NDIS roll out will be available in August,

  • A report on workers and the new ‘market’ will be out at the end of June,

  • The ‘Information, Linkages and Capacity Building’, which is for support and services NOT funded by the NDIS, will finally have some details, again at the end of June.

  • The Ministers agreed that ‘NDIS will fund decision support, safeguard supports and capacity building for participants, including support to approach and interact with disability supports and access mainstream services.’ YAY! Consultations will go on from now until July, with details due to be released in December 2015.

The Every Australian Counts campaign has released a paper about disability housing. The COAG meeting also talked about housing, but made it clear that the NDIS is not intended to provide the funding for accommodation.

The transcript of the Senate Committee hearing about the DSS grants snafu is up and David Crosbie, from the Community Council of Australia, has a harsh and blunt assessment of the DSS process.

Comprehensive statistics from New Zealand on who has a disability.

An interesting recent speech from Minister Fifield about employment, that links the renewal of Disability Employment Services and the full roll out of the NDIS. Do read to the end for some policy proposals such as individual employment support packages. And here’s some news coverage of what he said.

A call from the Council to Homeless Persons for social policy experts to enter the tax debate.

Have your say on the proposed ACT Disability Inclusion Statement. Consultations close 15 May.

A new report on transport for people with chronic illness or other medical needs shows some of the problems with the current changes to funding.

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