Accessibility Tools

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The Australian Government is funding free and independent counselling, as well as advocacy, legal and financial supports for people engaging with or affected by the Disability Royal Commission.

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As of this week, people with disability accessing the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) can request plans for up to three years. This means that participants can opt to not have regular annual or biannual reviews of their NDIS plans.

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With 16 branches covering NSW, QLD, WA, VIC, SA, and New Zealand, the Disabled Surfers Association of Australia (DSA) began in 1986. Run entirely by volunteers who love what they do, it is the only registered charity not for profit organisation in this sector.

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Since July 2019 new regulations came into place in Canada. The& Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) recognizes the right to equal access for persons with disabilities and have set up an accessibility complaints process.

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The NSW Companion Card program is for people with a significant and permanent disability who have a lifelong need for a high level of care to participate in community events and activities.

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Did you know you can learn first aid skills to support people with mental health problems? These courses can help you make a real difference to your community, and support people you care about.

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The First Hearing of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (Disability Royal Commission) commenced this week in Townsville. Focus this week has been on inequity for children with disability, especially those with Autism, sensory processing disorders and intellectual disability, in accessing and engaging in education.

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With Summer holidays approaching, and the hope of lazy days ahead, IDEAS has compiled a list of 6 Houseboats with accessibility features. We hope that you can while-away some time messing about in boats and simply enjoying some downtime.

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The Aged Care Royal Commission Interim report was published on Thursday 31 October 2019. In the opening statement the Commission has "found the aged care system fails to meet the needs of its older, vulnerable citizens. It does not deliver uniformly safe and quality care, is unkind and uncaring towards older people and, in too many instances, it neglects them."

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Visit England and Visit Scotland together this October launched a Business Support Guide titled “Dementia-Friendly Tourism.” In partnership with Alzheimers Society England’s Inclusive Tourism Action Group.