Helen Dickinson

A disability symbol in a carpark space

Many people with disability – who are at increased risk of illness and death from COVID – continue to isolate at home to avoid infection and are effectively shut out of society.

Kurt Fearnley and others including Bill Shorten

The original vision for the NDIS was that it would give people with disabilities a say in how services are delivered. The appointment of an NDIA chair who is disabled is a positive move.

a young woman concentrates while working at a laptop

Some NDIS participants worry if they don’t spend their annual funds, they won’t be offered the same support in their next plan – and it’s harder for some to use what they’ve been allocated.

a woman works at her computer while sitting in a wheelchair

Reports of large-scale NDIS fraud show it’s time to work with participants and involve them in oversight.

People protesting for support of NDIS

The short-term NDIS priorities for the new government are to rebuild trust and restore it to its original intention.

woman and little girl walking down a path

Reports of cuts to NDIS packages have been confirmed with an average drop of 4 per cent across participants.

Two women wearing medical facemasks, one providing support as the other struggles with respiratory discomfort

While public health measures in schools and hospitals aim to reduce COVID transmission, people with disability who have support workers in their homes have largely been forgotten.

Teenage girl in wheelchair using a laptop next to her mother

In a new survey, almost two-thirds of parents reported having trouble securing a vaccination for their child or children with disability.

woman in a wheelchair is helped into a vehicle

The proposed NDIS independent assessments have been controversial. Data doesn't really tell us whether they'd deliver for Australians with disability.

a woman in a wheelchair sits looking at a window filled with bright light

During the height of the pandemic, people with disability felt they had been forgotten and were not a priority. In the vaccine rollout, the government is repeating its past mistakes.

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