Cheers as Games get underway 
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by Danielle Kutchel
3d ago
With a roar of applause and amidst the strains of funky music, the Special Olympics Victoria Winter State Games were declared officially open.  The winter half of the State Games were held at Casey Fields in Melbourne’s south east over the weekend of 6-7 July and saw 350 athletes from 12 clubs across Victoria compete in basketball, bocce, gymnastics, netball and table tennis.  The proud athletes streamed into the stadium behind their team flags as part of the opening ceremony, to the cheers of family and friends who had braved the cold to watch.  Special Olympics Australia is a ..read more
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Changing the game for disability employment: report
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by Danielle Kutchel
1w ago
An ambitious plan to get more Queenslanders with disability into work would see employment targets tied into the legacy of the upcoming Brisbane Olympic Games.  The Game Changers report, produced by Urbis and released by Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN), lays out the potential for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games to change the employment environment for people with disability – not just in Queensland, but in Australia more broadly.  The report identifies the Games as a chance to establish a legacy across the community by increasing meaningful employment of people wit ..read more
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COSP17 fuels advocate’s passion
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by Danielle Kutchel
2w ago
Disability advocate and VALID Board Member William Ward-Boas has returned from the recent United Nations Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (COSP17), and he’s ready to get back to work. Ward-Boas attended COSP17 on behalf of the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO), and his trip was supported by connections and friends who donated to the cost of the trip. Discussions at COSP17 centred on an overall theme of rethinking inclusion for people with disability. Sub-themes included digital accessibility, disability during emer ..read more
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Sunflowers growing awareness of invisible disabilities
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by Danielle Kutchel
3w ago
A sunflower sticker on a shop window; an enamel sunflower pin on a colleague’s lapel; a bright sunflower lanyard adorning the neck of a customer. The eagle-eyed amongst us may have noticed that sunflowers are springing up everywhere, spreading joy and hope. For those in the disability community, this is especially poignant. The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower program promotes awareness of invisible disabilities. Staff at locations that have signed up to the program are expected to create a “sunflower-friendly” environment, one that is supportive, welcoming and understanding of disability. The s ..read more
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Evaluating the evidence around the transition to work
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by Danielle Kutchel
1M ago
The transition from school to work for young people with disability is often a time of uncertainty and flux for families, carers and those with disability themselves. But research suggests there are ways of improving the outcomes for young people with disability making the change from school to work – helping them into supportive employment where they can thrive. A new report prepared by the Centre for Social Impact – called ‘School to work transition for young people with disability in Australia: The Ticket to Work approach’ – evaluates evidence from international research, as well as the Au ..read more
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Brisbane ATSA a hit with the crowds
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by Danielle Kutchel
1M ago
Crowds from around Queensland and further afield flocked to last week’s Brisbane ATSA Independent Living Expo to hear about all things accessibility and assistive technology. The Brisbane edition of the event brought together over 100 exhibitors for two days of product demonstrations, discussions and presentations for the hundreds of therapists, families and carers to walk through the doors. Visitors were also able to hear from leading experts in the expo’s seminar program, on topics like comfort in wheelchairs, the latest in car seat safety, and how to navigate the NDIS. Attendees told Link ..read more
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ATSA COMES TO BRISBANE THIS WEEK
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by Danielle Kutchel
1M ago
The ATSA Independent Living Expo lands in Brisbane this week at a new venue: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. The expo features a jam-packed schedule of Australian and international speakers across two days, from Wednesday 29 to Thursday 30 May. Presentations focus on assistive technology, including mobility, adaptive fashion, rehabilitation, travel and more. The Brisbane event will feature a Sports Zone, with demonstrations and have-a-go sessions for adaptive skate, AFL, bowls, extreme sports, ice hockey, pickle ball and wheelchair basketball led by exhibitors. In a special event ..read more
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People with disability set out priorities in new project
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by Danielle Kutchel
1M ago
Australians with disability are calling on the Federal government to immediately implement a number of changes to make their lives safer, fairer and more equitable. Those changes are detailed in the Priorities Project report, released by Disability Advocacy Network Australia (DANA). The Priorities Project, which was facilitated by DANA, consolidates some of the key issues from the NDIS Review and the Disability Royal Commission reports, laying out a roadmap of how the government can immediately make positive changes to benefit Australia’s disability community. According to the report, the sec ..read more
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Conference explores IMPACT for employees with disability
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by Danielle Kutchel
2M ago
Employment for people with disability was firmly on the agenda at the Australian Disability Network IMPACT Conference 2024. Held in Melbourne on May 9, the event attracted hundreds of representatives from across the disability sector for a packed schedule of seminars as well as an expo featuring various disability services. A highlight was that every panel of the day included a guest speaker with lived experience, with the focus firmly on giving people with disability a voice and agency in their experiences. Throughout the day, employers – including the CEOs of some of Australia’s biggest com ..read more
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A SELF-ADVOCATE’S JOURNEY TO THE UN
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by Danielle Kutchel
2M ago
William Ward-Boas is on a mission. The disability advocate and VALID Board Member has been invited to travel to New York to speak at the UN’s 17th Annual Conference of State Parties (COSP17) this June. Having spent six years working in the disability rights and self-advocacy space, he is looking forward to networking with other advocates from around the world, and learning best practices to bring back to his work here in Australia. He’ll be attending on behalf of the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations on issues like accessibility in times of crisis and in digital information ..read more
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