Disability and social services links – 30 March

Consultation is going on now about how to make sure that there are safety and quality standards for the NDIS. Submissions close on 30 April.

The National Ethnic Community Alliance, and many other cross disability groups have called for the end to mandatory detention for people with disabilities.

Excellent report from Infoxchange and ConnectingUp about the ICT challenges (PDF) for the community sector, but it does seem very familiar reading if you know the 2008 report from NCOSS.

And speaking of ConnectingUp, they run a great conference for NGO geeks – in Adelaide this year in May.

Have a read about the different ways people with disabilities use language to describe themselves. (In Australia it alternates between people with disabilities and disabled people, depending on the context and who is saying it.)

Rod Pyne got elected to represent Cairns in the Queensland election, depite having some seriously awful crap leveled at him in the days before the election.

Know any disabled philosophers who Shelley Tremain might like to interview for her series ‘Dialogues and Disabilities’?

Want to see some disabled bodies in a way you probably haven’t seen them before? Check this out. (NSFW)

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Disability and social services links – 24 March

Every Australian Counts, the campaign group for the NDIS, is asking for input on housing, after being disappointed with the government response.

The NSW Election is in the last days of the campaign, so here are the Liberal and the ALP policies on disability. The NDIS has been brought forward to the Blue Mountains and Penrith, and I had a few questions about how it would all work.

The PWDA election platform is here, and they’ve helpfully looked at the relevant policies of all parties in the same e-news.

But the NSW iVote system continues to have problems, making accessibility a bit of a joke.

More on the NDIS, this time looking at how it will work for people without support and with complex needs.

Down Syndrome Australia and National Ethnic Disability Alliance both speak out about discrimination in migrations, this time for the Foneska family.

Media Access Australia had a look at the accessibility of Netflix, and found captioning on many programs, thanks to disability activists in the US.

GetUp gets into the BSWAT discussion and PWDA has all the background information you need to wrap your head around this.

Mick Gooda on the ridiculous idea of a ‘welfare card’ and Senator Siewart on the evidence that it won’t work.

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