The journey from School to Career

Like other Australians, people with disability are seeking further education and training in order to pursue employment opportunities and prosperous career paths. Post-secondary education is increasingly becoming an option for students with intellectual disability, and progressively, effective post-secondary education providers are running classes that are personalised, small, and focused on individual learning. As well as

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Australians with a Disability

Australians with a disability feel forgotten. That is the resounding finding of The Australian Governments 2009 Shut Out Report on the experiences of Australians with disability. As highlighted in our infographic, Australians with a disability make up 18.5% of the population, and most encounter human rights violations at some point in their lives. These violations

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Social Networks

For most of us, living a life without our online social networks is not comprehensible. After all, you are currently reading this blog post online, the comments are interactive, this post is being shared and promoted across multiple platforms and is likely to prompt responses and reactions that will spark thought and feedback and may

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Disability and Isolation

Dorelle and Heather have been close friends for over 10 years, and over that time their relationship has evolved, as many do, from one of polite acquaintance through to love and mutual trust. What is noteworthy about Dorelle and Heather is that Dorelle is a retiree in her mid-seventies, and Heather, a fifty-year-old woman with

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Getting help in Melbourne

In 2011, the Department of Health reported on a survey they had conducted in Victoria where they interviewed people with an intellectual disability about a whole range of matters. One of the focus areas was the lived experience of receiving help from family, friends, neighbors and community members. The survey found that there is generally

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High cost of a poor System

Imagine living on $360 per week, and having only this income to pay for your accommodation, food, clothes, transport and leisure. This is the reality that many Australians with a disability face, and the reason that so many are living close to or below the poverty line. In 2013, $15 billion was spent to provide

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Excluded from the Workforce

One of the true markers of an inclusive society is economic participation, especially through contribution in the workforce. In Australia, while 83% of people without a disability participate in the workforce, the same is not true for those with a disability. Far from being affirmed as valuable contributors to the workforce and the economy, Australians

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Disability and Poverty

Kevin is a bright, amiable man in his mid-40’s, who loves nature, especially the bush, and barracking for the Bulldogs. Kevin is also stuck in a perpetual cycle of poverty, and will be for the rest of his life. Many Australians with disability live close to, or below the poverty line, according to the Productivity

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