Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Rights

Disability Discrimination Commissioner
The disability community is very interested in the call by the Australian Human Rights Commission for expressions of interest in the position of Disability Discrimination Commissioner published on 18 March 2016. The role has been filled part-time by another Commissioner since the retirement of Graeme Innes in 2015.
Aboriginal Disability Justice Campaign
After many years of being hosted by our good friends at People with Disability Australia (PWDA), the Aboriginal Disability Justice Campaign (ADJC) is pleased to announce the launch of their new website.
The ADJC is a national advocacy campaign that advocates for changes to legislation, policy and practice that leads to the imprisonment and indefinite detention of people with cognitive impairments. The ADJC seeks to highlight the disproportionate impact on Indigenous Australians with cognitive impairments. 
Many of these people have not been convicted of a crime and have been found mentally impaired and unfit to plead. There is a larger group of people with cognitive impairments that cycle in and out of jail. These people have been convicted of crimes. 
The ADJC is particularly concerned about those people who are indefinitely detained in our jails and forensic units around the country.
Inspiration Porn: Don't Take Pictures of Disabled People Without Their Consent
David M Perry, How Did We Get Into This Mess? 22 February 2016
Some suggested rules for life as a good person:
  1. Don't take pictures of disabled strangers without their consent.
  2. Don't share the pictures you shouldn't have taken to the internet without their consent. Their story is not your story to do with as you see fit ..
'No one should have to wait four years for an explanation'
Monica Clifford, The Guardian (UK), 21 December 2015
Monica Clifford’s sister Anne, who had Down’s syndrome, died in July 2010, aged 53, in Mayday hospital in Croydon, south London. The hospital did not investigate her death ... From the beginning I felt an underlying suggestion from the hospital that there was little point in treating Anne, because people “like her” don’t recover from serious illness ...

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