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Disability advocates welcome move to pause independent assessments

Luke Michael, Thursday, 15th April 2021 -  The new NDIS minister has acknowledged the major backlash to the reforms   

People with cognitive disability face loss of justice system support

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 7th April 2021 -  Funding for a key justice advocacy service in NSW is set to expire in June

Disability advocacy groups receive funding lifeline

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 30th March 2021 -  But advocates note the funding pledge is more of a stop-gap measure than a long-term commitment 

Opinion

‘Just a draft’ still means it was – or is – in the mix

Adam Schickerling, Monday, 29th March 2021 -  The leaking of draft changes to the NDIS strikes a blow not just to those potentially affected, but at the very heart of what could, and should, be a life and society-changing scheme, writes Adam Schickerling from brain injury peak body, Synapse.

Leaked NDIS plan sparks anger among disability groups

Luke Michael, Monday, 29th March 2021 -  But the Morrison government says the leaked plan is just “one of 78 drafts” being considered

Disability groups fight for QLD advocacy funding

Luke Michael, Thursday, 11th March 2021 -  Advocates say Queensland risks being the only Australian jurisdiction that does not fund advocacy services

‘We know it’s bullsh*t’: Advocates say independent assessments will be a disaster for NDIS participants

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 2nd March 2021 -  “These changes have a real danger of changing the nature of the NDIS and the idea of what the NDIS was intentionally meant to be” 

Work needed to improve COVID-19 messaging for people with disability

Luke Michael, Monday, 8th February 2021 -  Research is underway to increase the effectiveness of tailored COVID-19 communication for vulnerable people      

Disability Gateway opens for business

Luke Michael, Monday, 1st February 2021 -  This federally-funded service aims to be a one-stop shop for disability information and services     

Analysis

Specialist disability accommodation – Pipeline of supply

Di Winkler, Thursday, 14th January 2021 -  People with high or complex disability support needs have traditionally had extremely limited options when it comes to finding somewhere to live. The growing specialist disability accommodation market is beginning to change that, write Dr Di Winkler
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