Disability

Royal Commission: People with Disability to tell their story

Royal Commission: People with Disability to tell their story

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse are seeking lived experiences of child sexual abuse from people living with disability.

All survivors are encouraged to tell their story. Legal, financial and counselling support is available to enable people with disability to share their experiences of child sexual abuse that occurred where government and private institutions were responsible for children.

 

 

Resources and Contact Details

Royal Commission Website/People with Disability

Telephone: 1800 099 340

Email: contact@childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au

Mail: GPO Box 5283, Sydney NSW 2001

 

There is also a National Relay Service for people who are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment.

Find out more about the NRS at http://relayservice.gov.au/

Calls can be made by TTY on 133 677 or Speak & Listen 1300 555 727

 

 

 

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Challenging the Beauty Myth

Challenging the Beauty Myth

If there’s one short film you should see this year (or any year) it’s this one. Four minutes 29 seconds and Boom!…in touch with humanity, celebrating difference, challenging stereotypes.

Pro Infirmis are a European disability advocacy agency and they commissioned this film for International Day for Disability 2013 – that’s about all we know, mainly because we don’t speak Swiss-German and the website doesn’t sprechen Sie Englisch.

Fortunately for us, this film transcends language barriers. Shop mannequins never looked so good!


Follow

@ProInfirmis

@PWDAustralia – Australia’s peak advocacy body for people living with a disability

@ArtsAccessAust – Arts and Disability in Autralia

 

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Because Nobody’s Perfect

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New Website: Intellectual Disability & Ageing

New Website: Intellectual Disability & Ageing

Australian Catholic University Professor Ruth Webber and University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Barbara Bowers have combined 10 years of research in the creation of a website on Intellectual Disability & Ageing. Both said they were delighted and surprised by how far the results of their research had reached. Professor Bowers is the Associate Dean of Research in the School of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds an honorary appointment as an Adjunct Professor at ACU. She is developing a revised version of the website for the State of Wisconsin which has mandated that all carers working in the field of Disability and Aged Care services are to complete the training developed by the two professors.

In 2010 Professor Webber, Professor Bowers and Professor Christine Bigby from La Trobe University received an Australian Research Council-funded Linkage Project  Increasing organisational capacity of community residential units to facilitate ageing in place for people with intellectual disability. The project led to the development of a training program and manual for staff working in the aged care and disability services sectors, with a particular focus on ageing residents with intellectual disability.

Previous research projects had found that due to a lack of training and resources, carers were sending people to nursing homes prematurely because they were afraid of not being able to provide adequate levels of care. The project set out to give staff resources and training to support residents staying in their group home longer. The Victorian Department of Human Services (DHS) was impressed by the project results and saw that the training programs and manuals had the capacity to reach a broader audience. In 2012 DHS Victoria gave Professor Webber and Professor Bowers the funding required to develop a training and educational website. All three researchers have extensive national and international experience in the issues surrounding aged care, such as public policy, the professional development of carers, and caring for people with intellectual disability and each has conducted acclaimed research on the aged care sector.

The Intellectual Disability & Ageing website aims to increase organisational capacity of community residential units to facilitate ageing in place for people with intellectual disability.

Useful websites

Intellectual Disability and Ageing 

Victorian Department of Human Services (DHS)

Aged Care Australia – My Aged Care

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@AustAgeAgenda

@AgedCareInsite

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Transition from Community to Nursing Home Care

 

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Social Ability: Reviewing Access to Social Media

Social Ability: Reviewing Access to Social Media

Ever wondered how people with a disability access social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin?  Unless you have a disability, the thought is unlikely to have crossed your mind. But if you have vision impairment, hearing or developmental difficulties, experience seizures, or mobility issues, you may have experienced varying degrees of frustration trying to access user-friendly social media sites.

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