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Public hearing 20 continues the series of Royal Commission hearings examining how disability service providers prevent and respond to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation. In the course of this examination, the Royal Commission will also inquire into how the current systems of funding and oversight of disability services protect people with disabilities from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.

A child plays at home, In the backgroundare fairy lights, bunting, a chair, childs kitchen and toy house. On the floor is a bucket with dried pasta and a cup.

Sensory play can be calming, mindful and often has the benefit of helping fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination skills, depending on the exercise. Here are some easy sensory toys you can make at home.

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What is Universal Design? Universal Design is a process of thinking, practicing, and creating an inclusive world. The result is a product or an approach that is convenient, easy, and pleasant to use by all people.

A young male helps a girl to take a drink. She is in a wheelchair. They are in the kitchen with 2 other adults.

A new NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commissioner will begin next year. Tracy Mackey will start her role in January 2022, for a 3-year appointment.  

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Public hearing 19 continues the Royal Commission’s inquiries into the systemic barriers to open employment that started with Public hearing 9. Public hearing 9 was led by people with disability, who spoke about their experience in navigating pathways to open employment.

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There are roadside assistance services available to help you should your wheelchair or motorised mobility scooter or gopher have a flat tyre or breakdown. We list some of the options available. 

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Christmas can mean something different for every family. It can also be a stressful and anxious or lonely time for some. If you can highlight the things/activities that are important to your family, you create more joy and space for the things that really matter to you. Which means you can ease some stress and anxiety. We have put together some considerations to help make Christmas more inclusive, hoping you can enjoy it more.

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Amber (not her real name), like some children with autism, prefers only pale, yellow or white foods. Pasta and potato are on top of her list.

When catching up with Amber she knows I will always make her favourite potato salad. And when we spent Christmas together last year, I made sure our "dessert to share" was a pale-coloured trifle.

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This is Kim's Nanna's shortbread recipe. She makes several batches (feeling sick after as she eats half the mixture!) prior to Christmas and packages up to give as gifts (placing shortbread into glass jars).

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From mid-2021, the Senate began an inquiry into the purpose, intent and adequacy of the Disability Support Pension (DSP) payment and the accessibility challenges that surround it. During this Inquiry, the application processes for the payment will be analysed, with the final reporting date being the first sitting week of February 2022.