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…

Adam Williams is a community development and disability champion with 20+ years in private, NFP and government sectors. He’s a father/stepfather to 6, 43 years young, and passionate about true inclusion for all. I cannot recall my careers teacher ever asking me (or anyone) if being a disability support worker was something I might like…

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…

Jane Morrell is Founder and CEO of Carer Solutions Australia. Jane’s passion for helping people lent itself to the development of her company currently operating statewide within Victoria and Tasmania. 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…

‘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…

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