Thursday, 5 January 2017

News and commentary from the broader disability community

B and T Magazine, 19 December 2016
The Attitude Foundation together with its principle partner ANZ, have selected award-winning production company Taste Creative to film a television series promoting the valuable contribution of people with disabilities within Australian communities.

This forms an important milestone for the Foundation which since being founded in 2014 by Graeme Innes, Australia’s former Disability Discrimination Commissioner, has worked to secure funding from industry and government for the production ...


The hidden story of sexual abuse
Ginger Gorman, Tierney Bonini, ABC Lateline, 30 November 2016
Jane Rosengrave has an intellectual disability and takes Lateline back to the institution in regional Victoria where she claims she was sexually abused by multiple perpetrators ...

Prison Is Not The Place For People With Disabilities
Rachel Siewert, Huffington Post, 30 November 2016
People in Australia are being detained simply because there is nowhere else for them to go ...

At least 100 Aussies with cognitive disability held in jail indefinitely
Shalailah Medhora, ABC Triple J, 11 December 2016
Swift action is needed to ensure that people with cognitive impairments and acquired brain injuries aren't held in jail indefinitely, a disability rights group says.

Earlier this month, a Senate inquiry into indefinite detention found there are at least 100 people who are in jail for an unspecified period of time because they did not have the mental capacity to plead to a crime. That includes people with personality disorders, foetal alcohol spectrum disorder, dementia and brain injuries resulting from assaults and car accidents ...

Punk and disability inclusion have more in common than you may think
Diana Hiscock, HelpAge, 2 December 2016
Attitude can influence our perception of events and even has the power to shape our behaviour - even in immensely challenging circumstances. Working as we do with older people, people with disabilities, and indeed older people with disabilities, understanding this link between attitudes and behaviour is pivotal in getting our job done ...
Josephine Maguire-Rosier, Sydney Morning Herald, 3 December 2016
... Sure, I could explain to you about ramps and lifts, about tactile signage, or easy English, closed captioning, or Auslan interpreting and, following that advice, would take you a lot further than where you are now. These are all things that you should do. However, providing people with nice, easy checklists glosses over one fundamental aspect of disability and, indeed, humanity – we are all different ...

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