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Monday, 16 November 2015

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Employment discussion paper - feedback closes 7th December
The National Disability Employment Framework Taskforce is now accepting feedback on its Round 2 discussion paper. The consultation will close on 7th December. The new framework is intended to improve employment outcomes for people with disability.

The Discussion Paper forms the basis for this second round of consultation about a new National Disability Employment Framework. The Discussion Paper outlines a case for changing disability employment services and describes how four key areas of disability employment policy may work in the future. These four areas are:
  • Individualised funding and market-based service provision;
  • Better support for employers and jobs creation;
  • Improved ongoing support and supported employment; and
  • Better use of new technology in the creation of a virtual marketplace
An information session will be held in Sydney for members of the public who are interested in disability employment:
9am - 10.30am Wednesday 25 November 2015Register here

Supporting, not imprisoning, Aboriginal people with disability could save millions
Ruth McCausland, The Conversation, 5th November 2015
Australia imprisons thousands of Aboriginal people with psychosocial and cognitive disability from disadvantaged backgrounds. Our research illustrates the huge cost of this practice – in both human and economic terms ...
Chris Serres, Star Tribune, 11th November 2015
Today many disabled Vermont residents are thriving in the community – and the state is saving money ...

Thank you, disability campaigners, for the difference you’ve made to my life
Lucy Webster, The Guardian, 7th November 2015
I was 11 months old when the Disability Discrimination Act became law, 20 years ago this week. As I approach my 21st birthday, it’s sobering to think that when I was born, there wasn’t a single piece of legislation protecting the rights of disabled people in the UK and that as I lay on the floor with my soft toys, people just like me – but infinitely more courageous – were out on the streets fighting to be recognised as equal. From where I sit now, it is hard to believe ...

UN: Serious Concerns About Human Rights Violations Against Australians with Disability
Australian Cross Disability Alliance, 10th November 2015 
The United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) has raised serious concerns about human rights violations against Australians with disability during its review of Australia’s human rights record overnight in Geneva ...

Teen Wants to Change the ‘Positive’ Way We Talk About Disability
The Mighty, 10th November 2015
Robyn Lambird says it’s time for us all to have a positive disability discussion — but not the kind you may think of when you hear the word “positive” ...

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