2 female friends (1 wheelchair 1 crutches) walking through park
Nominations are now open.
Do you know someone who works to improve the lives of people with a disability? Do you know of a business that’s used clever ideas to improve access, or that’s increased community awareness of disability? If you do, then nominate them for the 2014 Victorian Disability Sector awards. Nominations close this Friday and the winners will be announced in June.
The Victorian Government wants to hear about school experiences
The Victorian Government wants to hear about the experiences of school students with a disability. The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is conducting the research. Complaints about students being treated unfairly have been increasing. Students, parents, educators and community organisations can all have a say. You can complete a survey. There will also be special information sessions in regional Victoria in February 2012. Community organisations can also submit written responses.
DiVine's Heidi Everett has some fun with Rudely Interrupted at the website launch
December 3 is DiVine's birthday. Research found people with a disability wanted their own place on the web. DiVine was the result. There are 35 people who now write for DiVine. All DiVine writers have disabilities. The site now has over 500 articles. There have been many highlights over the past two years. One highlight was Carly Findlay winning an award for her DiVine articles. Graeme Turner also got a job as a writer for Vision Australia. You can let us know about your favourite DiVine articles.
The current system is not delivering the care and support Australians expect
The Australian Government will start work immediately to build towards a national disability insurance scheme. It will work with Australian states and territories on the scheme. The Productivity Commission has released its final report into the disability care and support system. The commission recommended the scheme be created. A scheme would provide support to all Australians who acquire a significant disability. The commission also recommended a national injury insurance scheme. But agreement on the schemes has not yet been reached. The commission believes it will take at least seven years to transform disability services.
Heidi Everett has some fun with Rudely Interrupted at the DiVine launch
The DiVine website was launched in Melbourne yesterday. DiVine is the first website in Australia for and by people with a disability. The Victorian Government asked people with a disability what they wanted on a website. People told them that they wanted their own place where they felt special. The launch was held on International Day of People with Disability. To celebrate, popular band Rudely Interrupted played music at the Arts Centre.