Best wishes to all our members and supporters for the New Year
President, Down Syndrome NSW
Alzheimer’s Australia New South Wales (NSW) has developed a new resource to support people living with dementia and intellectual disability, and the individuals and organisations working in the disability and aged care sectors who assist them.
The DVD Living with Intellectual Disability and Dementia contains information on assessment and diagnosis, and the support available for people living with dementia and intellectual disability, enabling their ongoing involvement in the community.
It is also a resource for family members and friends who are concerned about signs of cognitive decline in a relative or friend who lives with an intellectual disability.
Alzheimer’s Australia NSW provides ongoing professional education to both the aged and disability sectors, and free carer education sessions to family members and friends of people living with an intellectual disability and dementia.
A (UK) hospital trust has apologised for placing a "do not resuscitate" (DNR) order on a patient with Down's Syndrome - and listing his learning difficulties among the reasons for doing so ...
We are very disappointed to hear that Down’s syndrome has been listed as a reason for putting a “do not resuscitate” (DNR) order on the medical file of a vulnerable patient at the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital in Margate, Kent. We had thought that this sort of discriminatory behaviour was a thing of the past. We hope that the media focus on this high profile case will ensure that there will be no further incidents of this nature ... Down's Syndrome Association (UK), on Facebook, 8th December 2015
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a. the prevalence of imprisonment and indefinite detention of individuals with cognitive and psychiatric impairment within Australia;
b. the experiences of individuals with cognitive and psychiatric impairment who are imprisoned or detained indefinitely ... read the remaining 12 terms of reference here.2. That for the purposes of this inquiry:
a. indefinite detention includes all forms of secure accommodation of a person without a specific date of release; and
b. this includes, but is not limited to, detention orders by a court, tribunal or under a disability or mental health act and detention orders that may be time limited but capable of extension by a court, tribunal or under a disability or mental health act prior to the end of the order.The inquiry home page includes links to an Easy English guide to making a submission, and contact details for the secretariat, for further information.
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It's not a lot of money but the Department of Social Services (DSS) has finally broken ground and announced real dollars for NDIS housing.
DSS is making $10m available in grant funding to complete housing projects for people with disability outside the NDIS trial sites. This funding is designed to assist projects that have already secured most of their finance from other sources.
The projects must be for people with disability who living in areas outside the NDIS trial sites . The ideal target group are people with disability who are currently living with ageing carers or living in residential aged care. The expectation is that residents will be eligible for the NDIS when it is implemented in the resident's local area.
Applications are due 11 February 2016. Further information and application forms can be found here.‘Reducing the Inequality of Luck’
... According to the OECD, 45 per cent of Australians with a disability were living at or below the poverty line in 2010 – the worst outcome of any OECD country.
Our record in terms of employment of people with disability is also very poor, ranking in the bottom one-third of OECD countries.
And, most disturbingly, people with a disability are significantly overrepresented in Australia’s jails.
More change is necessary – and, ladies and gentlemen, that change does not begin and end with the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
And that’s what I want to talk to you about this morning ...Waiting for the NDIS: Samuel’s story
The NDIS is an historic opportunity for people with intellectual disability to get the services they need and want.
In this position statement, NSW CID spells out our stand on how these two processes should come together to ensure the best possible outcomes for people with intellectual disability ...
... NSW CID have been strong and leading advocates on these issues for some time but will be continuing our advocacy with the state and Commonwealth government and other key influencers.
Ensuring the needs and wants of people with intellectual disability are front and centre of any major policy decision is key.
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"We will be shown as neither victims nor heroes, but agents of our own destiny", Graeme InnesWe need a disability abuse Royal Commission
So this International Day of People with Disability, instead of the usual celebrations, the most appropriate thing the new Turnbull Government could do is announce a Royal Commission into violence against people with disability to lance a great evil and cauterise the wound lest we repeat mistakes made in the institutions and practices of the past ...
The aim of this audit is to assess how well the NSW Department of Education (the Department) is managing the transition to school for students with disability, and supporting teachers to improve their educational outcomes. We aim to answer the following questions:
We have developed this survey to obtain feedback from families of students with disability and school staff in NSW public schools about their experiences. This includes both areas for improvement and examples of good practice.
The survey takes around 15 to 20 minutes to complete.
Both surveys will close 5 pm, Friday 18 December 2015.
Learning and support for students with disability in NSW public schools - to be completed by school principals and/or teachers in NSW public schools
We have developed this survey to obtain feedback from principals, teachers, and other school staff in NSW public schools about their experiences of teaching students with disability. This includes both areas for improvement and examples of good practice.
Learning and support for students with disability in NSW public schools - to be completed by families of school students with disability attending NSW public schools
We have developed this survey to obtain feedback from families of students with disability on their experiences in the NSW public school system. This includes both areas for improvement and examples of good practice.Visit the NSW Audit Office page for further information and for links to the appropriate survey for you.
Such an incredible evening last night at the NSW Australian of the Year Awards. It was a privilege to be amongst so many passionate and amazing people who are all working for and achieving social change. Congratulations to Melissa Abu-Gazaleh CEO and founder of Top Blokes Foundation NSW Young Australian of the Year, NB will be getting behind her and wishing her all the best for Young Australian of the Year, I encourage you to get behind her as well!!Congratulations on making the finals, Nathan - we can see why you did.