Let’s heed the warnings from aged care. We must act now to avert a COVID-19 crisis in disability care

Helen Dickinson, UNSW and Anne Kavanagh, University of Melbourne In Victoria there are nearly 80 active COVID-19 cases linked to more than 50 disability accommodation sites. At least two people have died. These don’t sound like big numbers in the context of Victoria’s second wave, and particularly when we compare it to the COVID-19 crisis [...]

By |2020-08-24T13:09:10+10:00August 24th, 2020|Categories: Disability|0 Comments

Only one-fifth of school students with disability had enough support during the remote learning period

Helen Dickinson, UNSW; Catherine Smith, University of Melbourne, and Sophie Yates, UNSW Only 22% of family members and carers of students with a disability agreed they had received adequate educational support during the pandemic. Many respondents in our new research, and survey, on behalf of Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA) reported being [...]

By |2020-07-27T16:22:12+10:00July 27th, 2020|Categories: Disability|0 Comments

It’s hard for people with severe mental illness to get in the NDIS – and the problems don’t stop there

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) promises a life-changing opportunity for Australians living with disabilities to get the supports they need to engage and participate fully in their communities. The size, complexity and rapid roll-out of the NDIS meant that teething problems would inevitably arise. An independent review, released yesterday, shows these problems are particularly [...]

By |2020-01-24T10:49:09+11:00January 23rd, 2020|Categories: Disability|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Report shows illegal practices against students with disabilities in Australian schools

More than 12% of students with disability are being refused school enrolment, and over 40% are being excluded from school events and activities. These are some of the findings from a survey published today by the national organisation Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA). More than 500 young people with disability, and families [...]

By |2019-11-04T11:58:05+11:00November 4th, 2019|Categories: Disability|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Youth with a disability face more risk online

Increased digital participation has provided many positives for young people with disabilities, but greater potential risks can also be found lurking online for those who live with a disability, according to latest research from the Office of the eSafety Commissioner. The potential risks – such as exposure to inappropriate content, excessive use, and image-based abuse [...]

NSW schools face ‘unprecedented’ levels of disability

Schools in NSW are facing "unprecedented pressure" due to soaring disability rates, with the number of students with autism increasing by almost 15 per cent per year and those with mental health needs growing by more than five per cent. Yet there are fewer staff trained to support them as the number of special education [...]

By |2019-02-25T14:36:05+11:00February 25th, 2019|Categories: Disability|Tags: , , , |0 Comments