Long Covid is a disability, tribunal rules in landmark case

“Fatigue affected him badly until around January 2022 and that could ‘floor him’, sleep remained disturbed and there could be flare-ups of joint pain. “He gave a similar account in August 2021 of symptoms and described requiring to sit and rest ‘and / or go to sleep’ and his legs and body aching on a … Read more

Activ’s disability industrial worksites to stay open for another 18 months, but families want more certainty

Western Australia’s largest disability services provider, Activ Foundation, has secured funding to keep its industrial worksites open for another 18 months, but families of the employees say it is only a temporary fix. Key points: Last month Activ announced that it would close seven worksites across metropolitan and regional areas in July State and federal … Read more

Activ’s disability industrial worksites to stay open for another 18 months to enable smooth transition

Western Australia’s largest disability services provider Activ Foundation has secured funding to keep its industrial worksites open for another 18 months, giving employees time to find new jobs. Key points: Last month Activ announced that it would close seven worksites across metropolitan and regional areas in July State and federal funding will support the transition … Read more

Doctors with disabilities continue to practice thanks to technology, support and a positive attitude

Doctor Steven Peterson was cycling to work in the autumn of 2018 when he was struck by a car and taken to the same emergency department where he was due to start work. “The driver stopped and called the ambulance and probably would have saved my life by doing so,” he said. “My colleagues were … Read more

Disability advocates lament problems with CafeTO

Global News at 5:30 Toronto Posted June 15, 2022 Summer is here and patio season has returned. As CafeTO, an expansion of outdoor dining, comes back, disability advocates say many patios are not accessible. Ahmar Khan reports. Toronto expands plans for amplified music on patios in 2022 REPORT AN ERROR

Disability royal commission slams SA Department of Human Services (DHS) over care of two men

A damning report by the disability royal commission has found the SA Department for Human Services (DHS) failed to provide a safe home for two men with autism and intellectual disabilities. Key points: The disability royal commission has made 15 adverse findings against DHS It found Daniel Rogers suffered from neglect at a DHS group … Read more

Stories about bullying and exclusion of school students with disabilities heard by royal commission

When Luke Nelson finished school at 18 years of age, he could not read or write. Key points: The disability royal commission this week examined the experiences of various education settings for students with disability More than a dozen witnesses including students, parents, lawyers and education officials gave evidence over five days The hearing was … Read more

David Savage became a paraplegic after a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan. Technology has allowed him to walk again

When David Savage’s daughter Belinda announced she was getting married, he promised to walk her down the aisle. It was not an easy promise to make for the former war crimes investigator. In 2012, he was almost killed by a 12-year-old suicide bomber while working for the Australian government’s aid agency in Afghanistan. He was … Read more

Australia’s ‘dual-track’ education system is failing young students with disabilities, advocates say

Georgina Moodie knows how difficult it can be to find the right school for a child with a disability. Key points: The disability royal commission will this week look at the experiences of young people with disability across different school settings Nearly 90 per cent of children with disabilities attend mainstream schools Advocates say the … Read more

Autism service’s success in helping children like Thomas transition to mainstream school

Thomas Ryan’s 10th birthday is just around the corner, and his mother Claire is growing worried. “The guest list keeps growing,” she said with a laugh. “We got up to a list of 20, and I was like, ‘OK, we might need to have a sit down and try and rein it in a bit’.” … Read more