• Can Good Things come from the COVID-19 Crisis?

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    The impact of COVID-19 has been widespread and has changed the way many things work. While we know it has been a challenging time for some people with a disability, there have also been some positive changes that have happened.

  • COVID-19 Factsheets Supporting People with a Disability

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    As part of its plan to make sure the needs of people with a disability are met during the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal health department has made a range of new fact sheets. There is information for families, support workers and health workers.

  • Grocery shopping during the COVID-19 pandemic

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    There were widespread panic buying and a shortage of supplies on supermarket shelves, especially toilet paper,  earlier this year as COVID-19 crisis intensified. Supermarkets introduced drastic new measures to address this, which included strict limits on item purchases per transaction, priority deliveries and restricted access times for Australians who are older or have a disability. We have updated the information you need to know in November.

  • Packing for an Emergency

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    With the emergencies we have all faced in 2020, the need to be prepared is again highlighted. Bushfires, Floods and a Pandemic. In the event you need to evacuate in a hurry, or you may be without power and clean water, a little planning now will spare you precious time.

  • Shopping safely online in the COVID-19 crisis

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    While we are all at home more because of COVID-19, people are beginning to make more of their purchases online. Some people are not confident when making purchases online, and some are overly confident. Making a digital transaction can be scary and you need to be careful. Here are some ways to stay safe and smart when shopping online.

  • Coronavirus Prevention - Why we stay home.

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    The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live and participate in society. In this article, we write about the recommended strategies for preventing the spread of disease, and then the reasons why each approach is suggested.

  • Online meetings and supporting inclusive practices

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    An increase in online meet-ups has some people wondering what the "rules" are. Are they the same as a face-to-face meeting? Here we discuss what makes best practice whether you are a meeting attendee or organiser, some tips on holding an inclusive meeting and communicating clearly.

  • Moving Forward after a Crisis

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    January 2020 was a month many Australians want to forget. The remainder of the year has followed closely the same path. 

  • Tips on Working from Home for People with Disability

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    COVID-19 may have changed how you work. If you are needed to work from home for the first time, this Australian Government Comcare Checklist can help you. It outlines hints for short term working from home arrangements.

  • Hand hygiene for wheelchair users

    In learning about COVID-19 and the capability of the virus to live on surfaces for extended periods, the implications for cohorts of people with a disability such as wheelchair users require some extra care. More than a case of frequently washing your hands, you need to also clean your wheelchair and components.

  • Staying Connected in Isolation

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    Have you heard of "Zoom"? It is a video communication tool that people are using to stay connected in times of isolation. You can see, hear, and talk to a friend or family member. Read on to learn how you can stay in touch through Zoom.

  • Children with Disability and the Return to School.

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    The disruption to routine, changes to the way children are learning from home, and changes overall from COVID-19 have been a rough ride for most. For some parents educators, and carers, the next hurdle will be how to cope moving forward, as children return to the school space.

  • 3 ways to make your online content more inclusive

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    Thursday, May 21, 2020, marks the ninth Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). GAAD aims to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access/inclusion and people with different disabilities.

  • Royal Commission seeks comment for Issue Papers

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    The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with a Disability (Disability Royal Commission) has released several Issue papers in recent months. 

  • The New Armchair Travellers

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    Armchair travel has existed for centuries. In the wake of COVID-19, the concept is taking on a fresh direction. Digital travel is the new way to ramble the world as we recover. As the travel and tourism collective plan to regenerate, the use of digital media to entice travellers in the interim has shown to be strategic, and that benefits us all.

  • Childcare Subsidy Changes

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    In April, the Australian Government introduced a temporary initiative to offer free child care as a supportive measure to help families as the nation began to respond to COVID-19. This free child care assistance ends on the 13th of July. Read on to learn more.

  • Keeping in Touch – Tenant contact service in Victoria

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    An initiative of Housing Victoria and available to public housing tenants aged 75 years and over who live by themselves, Keeping in Touch is a free and confidential telephone service available in Victoria. A once a week phone call is made to registered tenants to check if they are okay.

  • What you can and can't do under COVID-19 Government Restrictions

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    Rules and regulations about where people can go, what they can do and what they should wear have been put in place across Australia to help slow the spread of COVID-19. 

  • Increase Disability Support Pension now to deal with COVID-19

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  • IDEAS to bring disability information expertise to COVID-19 response

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    People with disability have a right to accessible information at all times, but especially during a crisis. IDEAS is pleased to hear that the Government has announced that it will be launching a COVID-19 disability information helpline, which is a phone service for people with a disability, today.