I was probably a bit starry eyed when I started my PhD almost three years ago. I believed academics uncovered important knowledge and found the ‘answers’ that society was seeking – delving into the trickiest and most critical of problems, putting forward innovative solutions, moving society forward. Focusing on social innovation in the Australian disability…

The move from block funding to the NDIS is in equal parts exciting and scary. Exciting because service providers are no longer mandated to provide services that are dependent on funding. Scary because for the first time they have to be ‘innovative’. A Hackathon (as the title of this piece alludes to) is an event.…

There are a whole bunch of myths that go along with being disabled. There are the myths that we’re all pitiful victims of welfare and charity, or romantically tragic figures. We’re eternal children or objects of inspiration and bravery.   But no myth is more prevalent than the myth of the bludger, the undeserving rorter…

Our Disability Support Organisation project has been extended for a year. That is excellent news. Not many people know about the project. A few years ago, the National Disability Insurance Agency funded a peer support project. Over 50 organisations nationally were successful in receiving funding for supporting up to 20 peer support organisations who would…

“For the first time [people with disabilities] will have their needs met in a way that truly supports them to live with choice and dignity.” Prime Minister Julia Gillard spoke these words in 2012 when introducing the National Disability Insurance Scheme bill. Four years on, the disability sector is undergoing a great transformation and with…

Nobody is talking about this. Every day, I hear people complaining about the new National Disability Insurance Scheme. And rightly so – we hear stories of long wait times at call centres, of planners with bad attitudes, of aggressive provider behaviour and issues like price gouging. But there’s this marvellous unintended consequence that has come…