Breaking down the stereotypes on disability

Please watch this.

An estimated 20 per cent of Australians live with a disability, but how often do you see that represented in advertising, in the media or in popular culture?

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Disability is a Human Trait

To have empathy concerning people with disabilities is the possible key to the social inclusiveness for many people with severe disabilities; this must be based on the pragmatic education of equitable logic. Empathy is the ability to understand and immerse in another person’s perspective.  For example, what we believe or think may not be the same as what really is.

So then, why is empathy so poorly understood, and frequently misunderstood?

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Six and a Half Years of **it

My ongoing request is a complaint, like the persistent complaining of a broken record. It is simply pointing out the fact I have no cognitive impairments, just purely Friedreich’s Ataxia.

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AN URGENT AND SERIOUS CHALLENGE

In this piece I want to give a presentation on how I see my own contribution being made from within the confines of my own situation. I am assuming that I am just like everyone else in that I have a ‘situation’ and it is primarily up to me to deal with it. But then there are aspects of my ‘situation’ that most people don’t have to deal with. Continue reading “AN URGENT AND SERIOUS CHALLENGE”

‘Customers’ Living in Shared Supported Accommodation

Yooralla likes to standardise all residents as customers.

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Another Hurdle I Must Get Over

Mutual obligation was a political buzz-word during Prime Minister Howard’s leadership from 1996-2007. Let me be frank, when we are talking about mutual obligation, the political definition of the term describes it as such: ‘Mutual Obligation is based on a concept that welfare assistance provided, should involve some return responsibilities for the recipient’. Continue reading “Another Hurdle I Must Get Over”

How is the peak body for people with disabilities to be funded?

Today I received an email, part of which is copied below:

PDA needs your help!

Last year the Department of Social Services (DSS) decided to fund only population based organisations to provide consultation and advocacy services. This meant organisations like PDA that have memberships based on types of disability received no money to represent you and your specific needs in government consultation processes and disability sector forums.

This year, there is even less money available!

Without a boost to the funding available to disability representative organisations, PDA and its partners in the Disability Australia National Peaks Consortium are likely to go out of business.

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