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Thursday, 26 November 2015

News and opinion from the wider disability community

2015 National Disability Award winners - announced 25th November 2015
Congratulstions to the award winner. My Choice Matters, a program in which the NSW Council for Intellectual Disability is a partner, won an award for Excellence in Community Accessibility.

Benevolent Ableism: When Help Isn’t Helping
Dale Di Leo, 8th July, 2015
... The challenge of benevolent ableism is that those who perpetuate it are well-meaning, caring folks who feel their actions are improving the lives of people with disabilities. But, unfortunately, efforts to help do not automatically equal actual improvement of lives. What are the problems? ...

Employing people with disability is good (for business)
Graeme Innes, Blue Notes, 25th November 2015
... data shows employing people with disability is not just the right thing to do, it makes good business sense.

We would all be better off if more people with disabilities were employed. Research from Deloitte indicates an increase in employment of people with disabilities from 54 per cent to 64 per cent would boost Australia's GDP by $A40 billion over ten years. To put that another way, this would more than cover the costs of the government's National Disability Insurance Scheme ...

Australia Denied Full Time Disability Discrimination Commissioner 
Xavier Smerdon, Pro Bono News, 16th November 2015
Australia will be without a stand-alone Disability Discrimination Commissioner for at least another eight months, Attorney General George Brandis has announced ...

Calls for child sex abuse royal commission to investigate sterilisation
Aisha Dow, The Sydney Morning Herald, 16th November 2015
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is being urged to investigate the forced sterilisation of children, amid concerns young people with a disability are at much of higher risk of being sexually abused ...

Destroy the Joint, sure, but feminism must include disability politics
Katie Ellis, The Conversation, 24th November 2015
The sometimes uneasy relationship between feminist groups and disability activists was highlighted last weekend, when online Australian feminist group Destroy the Joint (DTJ) blocked and banned a number of high-profile Australian disability activists, claiming the women were in breach of their rules ...

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