• Flu and COVID-19 Vaccines - should you get them?

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    Government-funded influenza vaccines have been available to providers since mid-April 2021. It is recommended that people get their flu shot before the cold and flu season starts. Are you eligible for a free vaccination, and who can you speak to for advice?

  • Coronavirus, and helping children with autism

    In light of the current coronavirus pandemic, this is a special edition about helping children with autism during this time of great upheaval. In this edition of ‘Autism, a parents guide’ Dr Ann Ozsivadjian is joined by special guest Dr Marianna Murin, and interviewed by freelance journalist Jo Carlowe.

  • How Coronavirus is impacting the disability sector

    Australians living with a disability and their carers are some of the most at-risk groups when it comes to Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Chief Executive at Community Living Australia, Mark Kulinski, joins Jennie Lenman on SA Today to talk about the organisation's measures in reducing the threat.

  • Staying Connected

    In Season 2 of the Supported Decision-Making podcast, Advocacy for Inclusion is focusing on Staying Connected. We will find our way through these challenging times together.

  • COVID-19 operational plan for people with disability released

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    On Thursday, April 16th, National Cabinet (State, Territory and Federal leaders) agreed to release the Management and Operational Plan for COVID-19 for People with Disability.

  • Handwashing, Face masks, Sensory Processing and COVID-19

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    If you are supporting someone who lives with Sensory Processing difficulties, then explaining the need for good hygiene practices to "stop the spread" can be made easier with visual resources. 

  • 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.

  • COVID-19 information for people with a disability start here

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    There is a lot of information being shared about Coronavirus (COVID-19). IDEAS has put together this information for people with a disability about COVID-19. If you want to know more, start here.

  • The COVIDSafe app

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    The COVIDSafe app was launched on Sunday, April 26, 2020, with its main purpose being to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Government is confident it will help to find and contain outbreaks in a quicker timeframe, thereby allowing the easement of restrictions whilst still keeping people safe.

  • Catch ups for People with Disability in COVID-19

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    COVID- 19 restrictions have created opportunities for peer groups and families to connect and meet in different ways. Online and offline, people with like-minded interests are communicating and sharing. Support groups have been moving to video-calls. Virtual coffee catchups are in. We also highlight FriendLine, a phone service for a chat.

  • Staying at home during Coronavirus

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    The Government has told us to stay at home because of Coronavirus.

    Coronavirus is also called COVID-19.

  • 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.

  • COVID-19 Info in Community Languages

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    Need to get coronavirus (COVID-19) resources in your language?

    There is information about health, money and support.

  • COVID-19 testing for people with a disability.

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    IDEAS has put together information on COVID-19 testing, locations, what to expect, where to find testing centres, how long results take and how to get help about access needs at testing clinics.

     

     

  • What do COVID rule changes mean for people with a disability?

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    The COVID rules are different in every state. And they will keep changing. The rules cover things like work, going out, meeting people, school, cafes, clubs and travel. It is hard to say what they mean for each person with a disability. Some people with a disability have health reasons that mean if they got COVID-19 they would be very unwell. 

  • 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. 

  • Mutual Obligations explained

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    If you are unemployed and receiving a payment from Centrelink, there are things you need to do to keep getting your payments and to improve your chances of finding work.

  • 6 new things about the NDIS

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    As of 1 July, there have been some significant changes to the NDIS, including the new Price Guide and Support Catalogue, a new Assistive Technology and Consumables Code guide, new operational guidelines for Supported Independent Living, Specialist Disability Accommodation and Medium Term Accommodation, the end of the 10 per cent COVID loading and the expansion of the National Community Connector Program.

  • 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.