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National Disability Advocacy Program funding announcement

National Disability Advocacy Program funding announcement

On Thursday 7 April, a media release from Senator Anne Ruston (Minister for Families and Social Services) and Senator Linda Reynolds (Minister for the NDIS) announced “$100 million to uphold the rights of people with disability” in the form of continued funding for the National Disability Advocacy Program. Disability Advocacy Network Australia (DANA) chief executive Mary Mallett welcomed the Government’s continued investment in disability advocacy, including an increase to organisations delivering NDIS Appeals. However, she also questioned whether the additional funding would be sufficient given the rising demand for appeals advocacy. 

Act now to achieve minimum accessibility housing standards for NSW!

Act now to achieve minimum accessibility housing standards for NSW!

Many within the disability advocacy sector would be aware that a majority of state and federal governments recently voted to include minimum housing accessibility standards in the National Construction Code (the NCC). Victoria, Qld, ACT and TAS will be accepting the new accessibility provisions and will be importing them into their own jurisdictions.

But NSW is planning to actively ignore the new sections, and won’t even provide clear reasons why. Together, we can make sure people with accessibility needs in NSW aren’t left behind.

Department of Health Covid-19 vaccine webinar for people with intellectual disability and families

Department of Health Covid-19 vaccine webinar for people with intellectual disability and families

Inclusion Australia has partnered with the Department of Health to run a webinar for people with an intellectual disability and families. This free session will be run as a chat between Tara Elliffe, a self-advocate from New South Wales, and Professor Nick Lennox, a doctor who works with people with an intellectual disability and the Department of Health. They will talk about Tara’s recent experience getting her Covid jab. 

COVID-19 information and resources

COVID-19 information and resources

Read the latest articles on the AdvoKit website and other places to find up-to-date accessible information about COVID-19, including Easy-Read resources and advice for people with disability and their families and supporters.