EVENT: Australian Social Policy Conference – UNSW

Sydney, 25–27 September 2017 The Australian Social Policy Conference (ASPC) is the pre-eminent multidisciplinary conference concerned with issues of social policy in Australia and beyond. It attracts over 350 participants from academia, government and the community social welfare sector internationally. The ASPC will address the most pressing challenges facing Australian policy makers, practitioners and researchers at … [Read More] EVENT: Australian Social Policy Conference – UNSW

SDA Rule Released: The final source of truth — Disability Services Consulting

Extract from an article by Luke Bo’sher After much deliberation by governments, the NDIS Specialist Disability Accommodation Rule has been made public. It is fitting that despite long wait, the NDIS’ rule on SDA should be released this week. This week marks almost 3 years to the day that Bruce Bonyhady spoke to a packed audience in … [Read More] SDA Rule Released: The final source of truth — Disability Services Consulting

NDIS in the News – Week beginnning 20th March 2017

Brotherhood Library staff will monitor press and update this post throughout the week Wednesday 21 March 2017 9news.com.au – Calls for better rollout of the NDIS — A person with multiple sclerosis who only has head movement has been asked, during an NDIS planning meeting, if they are able to hang out their own washing. ACOSS Blog – … [Read More] NDIS in the News – Week beginnning 20th March 2017

Rethinking the Individualized Education Plan process: voices from the other side of the table (US) – Disability & Society

ABSTRACT Parent involvement in the process of creating an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is authorized under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, a federal law in the United States that ensures children with disabilities have the opportunity to receive a free appropriate public education alongside their peers without disabilities in the least restrictive environment. Yet much … [Read More] Rethinking the Individualized Education Plan process: voices from the other side of the table (US) – Disability & Society

Resources for consumers with disability – Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

When you pay for a product or service yourself, as an NDIS participant, or through your state or territory’s disability support system – you have consumer rights. These resources from Australia’s consumer protection agencies are designed to help you understand and use your rights. Your consumer rights Resources for consumers with disability Where to go … [Read More] Resources for consumers with disability – Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

The National Disability Insurance Scheme – NSW Parliamentary Research Service

INTRODUCTION Advice on legislation or legal policy issues contained in this paper is provided for use in parliamentary debate and for related parliamentary purposes. This paper is not professional legal opinion. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has been described as the biggest social reform since the introduction of Medicare in the 1970s. The NDIS … [Read More] The National Disability Insurance Scheme – NSW Parliamentary Research Service

Summer Foundation Newsletter 1: March 2017

Extract We are continuing our work to ensure young people in nursing homes get access to the services and support that they desperately need through the NDIS. We work at both a grassroots level and a policy level to influence change. Our NDIS Connections Practice Guide and digital stories based on two years of practice … [Read More] Summer Foundation Newsletter 1: March 2017

Disability Information and Advisory Services and Needs Assessment and Service Coordination Review – A Proposed Design and Framework – NZ Ministry of Health

ABSTRACT This report is the result of the Ministry of Health’s independent review, undertaken by Sapere Research Group, of disability information advisory services (DIAS) and needs assessment service coordination (NASC) functions. The report will help inform the work the Ministry is doing over the next few years to transform the disability support system. It identifies … [Read More] Disability Information and Advisory Services and Needs Assessment and Service Coordination Review – A Proposed Design and Framework – NZ Ministry of Health

Contested spaces: who belongs on the street where you live – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Cate MacMillan and Nicholas Stevens This is the second article in our Contested Spaces series. These pieces look at the conflicting uses, expectations and norms that people bring to public spaces, the clashes that result and how we can resolve these. Our neighbourhoods need to be safe and inclusive places – safe … [Read More] Contested spaces: who belongs on the street where you live – The Conversation

NDIS in the News – Week beginnning 6th March 2017

Brotherhood Library staff will monitor press and update this post throughout the week Monday 06 March 2017 (including weekend) ABC News – NDIS enrolments surging, but at what expense? Cowra Guardian – Funding fears for group that helped turn Justen’s life around CQ News – REVEALED: Major gap in health services in Mackay Pro Bono Australia – Building … [Read More] NDIS in the News – Week beginnning 6th March 2017

Disability and social participation: The case of formal and informal volunteering – Social Science Research

ABSTRACT People with disabilities in the United States experience lower levels of social integration than people without disabilities. However, less is known about the association between disability and volunteer participation—despite an extensive literature on other disparities in volunteerism. This study uses data from the 2009–2015 Volunteer Supplement of the Current Population Survey to evaluate how … [Read More] Disability and social participation: The case of formal and informal volunteering – Social Science Research

How will the NDIS change Australian cities? Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, The University of Melbourne

INTRODUCTION – Extract Introduction People with disability represent a fifth of the Australian population (AIHW 2015), and this proportion is expected to increase with population ageing. With the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) being progressively rolled out across Australia, this is a particularly appropriate time for the Australian urban research agenda to engage with disability in more meaningful … [Read More] How will the NDIS change Australian cities? Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, The University of Melbourne

Transforming lives: Australia’s disability scheme marks a turning point – Australia & The Pacific Policy Society

Extract from an article by Melanie O’Brien and Alec McConnell Supporting people with disability isn’t just a human right, it’s a requirement under international law, and Australia’s National Disability Insurance Scheme is helping the nation lead the world in meeting these obligations, Melanie O’Brien and Alec McConnell write. With the resumption of Australia’s parliament, there has … [Read More] Transforming lives: Australia’s disability scheme marks a turning point – Australia & The Pacific Policy Society

Making the NDIS Work for Young People in Aged Care – ProBono Australia

Young people in aged care are struggling to get onto the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Commonwealth and state governments, as well as the NDIA, need to take action, writes Luke Bo’sher from the Summer Foundation. Extract There are over 6,000 young people in aged care waiting to get onto the NDIS. These young people are … [Read More] Making the NDIS Work for Young People in Aged Care – ProBono Australia

We can reduce poverty, inequality and the budget deficit: ACOSS Budget Submission 2017 – ACOSS

Media Release – Extract The Australian Council of Social Service today called on the Turnbull Government to throw out harsh proposals that have repeatedly failed to pass Parliament and adopt budget policies that are fair and sustainable. “After three years of chasing the ill-conceived 2014 Budget cuts, it’s time the Government recast its Budget strategy … [Read More] We can reduce poverty, inequality and the budget deficit: ACOSS Budget Submission 2017 – ACOSS

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