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Horrific cases of abuse and neglect of people with disability have come to light in recent days. These cases highlight the continued and urgent need for reform in the disability sector to ensure the protection of the rights and dignity of people with disability in Australia.

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Chances are, very sadly, we all know of someone who is living with violence and or abuse. And, we know that with Covid-19 restrictions, more than likely they are confined with the abuser. People with disability experience much higher rates of violence and abuse. We write about the practical steps you can take, to help a friend in need.

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Following on from our recent blog about disability podcasts Wrap your ears around these disability podcasts and to have a rest from the ABC Coronacast podcast focussing on the coronavirus or COVID 19, the following picks may bring something fresh and new to your usual podcast landscape. 

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This week, we celebrate National Sorry Day on May 26 and National Reconciliation Week from May 27 to 3 June. NRW starts and ends by commemorating two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey – the Referendum (27 May 1967) acknowledging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and the High Court Mabo decision (3 June 1992).

A young girl with disability is laying in the grass, she has her eyes closed, is smiling with her hands partly covering her face.

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.

3 blue keys on a keyboard. Each key has a symbol for accessibility. From left to right: Wheelchair access. Hearing loop and a person with low vision using a cane.

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.

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Our Information and Content Officers have been hard at work taking your calls, answering your questions and researching the information that you need! As a result, we have combined all our brainpower and come up with our top 10 most asked questions relating to COVID-19 to help you unblur those lines:

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Every person with a disability has the right to be safe.

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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. 

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This week, a unanimous federal court ruling found that NDIS funds could be used to access specialist sex therapy and sex worker services.