“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…

As the National Disability Insurance Agency has been stating from the outset, “We are moving to a consumer driven marketplace”. This means businesses will be encouraged to enter the NDIS service delivery market and provide people with disability with a host of innovative options. Exciting for new businesses – Yes. Opportunities to further stimulate the…

‘Do you live in the community?’ She was pretty, about 25, a nurse at the Quadriplegic Centre of WA. I’d never seen her before. I didn’t know what to say. I am a wheelchair user and was delivering fliers for a forum we were running the next day. I was shocked. It wasn’t that I…

It seems so strange to me that so many people have an opinion about chronically ill sufferers and feel entitled to voice it. Seriously. Yesterday, a lady I had never met before and who had no idea who I was or what my illness was felt completely comfortable telling me, “it’s all about attitude. If you…

I would like to share a picture with you. It is a picture that I often have in my mind. It is of two individuals hand in hand. These two individuals are unique and completely individual. They are different in many ways, they look different, they think differently and they even differ in their intellectual…

When I am asked how I ended up in the field of developmental disability, I generally answer with the story of my older sister, Samantha. Born on the same day but two years apart, we were treated as twins throughout our life. More than that, we were treated as two halves of a whole. Growing…