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Floodwaters have inundated many parts of New South Wales and Queensland with torrential rain, with 391.6mm falling in Sydney. Many regions now affected by flash flooding and storm damage have been battling bushfire emergencies for months. 

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January 2020 was a month many Australians want to forget. February is looking to follow closely. Feelings of loss, helplessness and guilt are common. Schools have put in place extra supports for students dealing with the aftermath of the bushfire, and now flooding crisis. Families across the nation are touched in some way by the events that

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At last year’s Vanity Fair Oscar's party, Selma Blair made headlines worldwide by stepping on to the red carpet in an haute couture ensemble, a flowing pastel and black dress, with a stunning, handcrafted and jewel emblazoned vintage-inspired cane. It was more than a mobility aid, it was a fashion statement.

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More flexibility and choice for participants with transport funding were announced by the Minister for the NDIS, the Hon Stuart Robert. From 1 March 2020, NDIS participants will be able to flexibly use their plan’s core support funding to claim service provider costs for transport to and from NDIS funded community-based activities.

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We don’t tend to talk about toilets much, even though we all use them. Yet not only do public toilets meet our voiding needs when we go out, but they are the site for many underlying social processes and behaviours, especially those related to gender roles. 

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The NDIS “Tune” review report was made public in January. David Tune is the former senior public servant commissioned by the Federal Government to review the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). His report contains 29 recommendations on ways to improve the scheme. Mr Tune's findings are far from surprising to NDIS participants and people trying to access the scheme.

NSW Health has media releases to provide up-to-date information on the current bushfire emergency. Communities are again being reminded to take extra care of their health while smoke continues to impact several areas in NSW during the bushfire emergency.

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NSW Health has media releases to provide up-to-date information on the current bushfire emergency. NSW Health is assisting residents and their families affected by the bushfire emergency to look after their physical and mental health both during the event and afterwards in the recovery process.

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What support is available for people with disabilities in the current bushfire crisis? For people who have been affected by the fires, emergency aid, from emergency accommodation, evacuation centres, support services to financial assistance, is available. 

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Autism is an invisible disability that affects how people make sense of the world around them, and the communications and interactions they have. IDEAS have put together five facts about Autism, to help spread awareness.