Friday, 14 March 2014

Weekend reading and viewing 15th - 16th March 2014



21 quotes for 21 days
(US) National Down Syndrome Congress, in celebration of World Down Syndrome Day.
Day 13: For a homework assignment explaining Down syndrome, Zachary wrote:
"Down syndrome is a talent, and not everyone has it."

Just a Bit ... Funny
Beyond the Square, 20th February 2014
Check out the video we made for Stage 1 of our Just a Bit .. Funny project! We think it's pretty funny...
Just a Bit .. Funny will be at the Sydney Comedy Festival on Sunday 4th May at 6pm, at The Factory in Marrickville.

Rape case not just about Down syndrome
David M. Perry, CNN, 11th March 2014
... Jane has Down syndrome and the growing national outrage to this case has focused, with reason, on her disability. But Down syndrome is only part of the story ...
The outrage is not only because this judge didn't understand Down syndrome, but that judges frequently impose their perceptions on cases of sexual assault, reducing sentences even for convicted rapists on the grounds that the victim didn't act "correctly." Jane's troubling case reveals the intersections between rape culture and the way we strip agency from people with disabilities ...


People With Disabilities Impetus For New Teaching Hotel
Michelle Diament, Disability Scoop, 10th March 2014
Construction is set to begin on a first-of-its-kind hotel where teaching and employing people with disabilities will be just as important as accommodating overnight guests ...

How Back to Back challenges the way we see actors with disabilities
Anna Theresa Scheer, The Conversation, 11th March 2014
... Much successful work has been done by disability advocacy groups and national organisations to improve basic rights for people with disabilities, such as the right to employment, full access to transport and venues, and increasing government awareness of disability issues. Still, the status of actors with disabilities remains a work-in-progress in the often elite institution of theatre ...

3 essentials for a great ask
Libby Ellis, InCharge, 11th March 2014
We recently held a workshop called Nurturing your Tribe. We were thrilled to find people with disabilities and their families attended with other people they had made an ask of; like becoming a housemate, or a friend whose strengths could help achieve something. We just loved playing a part in nurturing these vital relationships! ...

Disabled not rorting the support pension, Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes hits back
Judith Ireland, Sydney Morning Herald, 12th March 2014
Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes has hit back at the idea that there are too many people on the disability support pension, slamming claims that the system is being rorted as "completely unhelpful".

In the wake of fresh reports that Australia's spending on the disability support pension is unsustainable, Mr Innes said that there was no crisis with the payment ... "Why would you want to be on DSP? Why would you want live on less than $20,000 a year?" ...


Doctor with disabled son fights deportation
Kathy Sundstrom, Sunshine Coast Daily, 11th Mar 2014
A Noosaville doctor is fighting to stay in Australia after his middle son, who has intellectual impairment and epilepsy, failed the health assessment component of a permanent visa application ...

The Others
Samantha Connor, The Stringer, 10th March 2014
When is a home not a home? When it’s an institution.
This week, disability advocates were horrified to discover that the Newcastle Greens, together with the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association, were advocating against the closure of institutions ...

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