Disability services hit by COVID furloughs as cases rise in sector

Disability services hit by COVID furloughs as cases rise in sector

A union has called for urgent support for disability workers,including paid isolation leave,priority booster vaccinations and access to rapid tests.

  • byMary Ward andCaitlin Fitzsimmons

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State seizes control of supported care homes over abuse,‘uninhabitable conditions’

State seizes control of supported care homes over abuse,‘uninhabitable conditions’

Two residential services for people with mental illness and disabilities in Sydenham and Melton South have been placed into administration after an investigation revealed coercion and abuse of residents.

  • byJewel Topsfield andRoyce Millar
Disability provider CEO defends not telling board a woman in its care was raped

Disability provider CEO defends not telling board a woman in its care was raped

The head of Life Without Barriers has apologised for abuse of residents at its group homes,but defended her actions after a resident was raped off-site.

  • byDana Daniel
School funding reform for 170,000 students with disabilities
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School funding reform for 170,000 students with disabilities

The NSW government is undertaking the most significant change in a generation to the funding of support for school students with additional needs.

  • byCaitlin Fitzsimmons
‘Violence had become normal’:Royal commission hears of abuse in group disability home

‘Violence had become normal’:Royal commission hears of abuse in group disability home

Disability royal commission hears violence between residents was rife at a Melbourne group home run by Life Without Barriers.

  • byJewel Topsfield
Disabled woman ‘furious’ at lack of support over sex education

Disabled woman ‘furious’ at lack of support over sex education

The woman who lived in a group home was raped by a man and said she had little support before and felt like she was blamed afterwards.

  • byCaitlin Fitzsimmons
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‘I hope it was a wake-up call’:Welfare service honoured for intervention at Hambleton House

‘I hope it was a wake-up call’:Welfare service honoured for intervention at Hambleton House

Jane Barnes of Wintringham hopes the neglect exposed by a COVID-19 outbreak at an Albert Park care home will lead to change in the sector.

  • byJewel Topsfield
Vision impairment no barrier to fun run

Vision impairment no barrier to fun run

People with disabilities have been able to maintain an active life thanks to an organisation that guides them as they put one foot in front of the other.

  • byAnna Patty
New film school launches for Victorians with a disability

New film school launches for Victorians with a disability

After the success of TV shows like Love on the Spectrum,a new film school in Melbourne is training Victorians with a disability to be producers of films – not just the subject of them.

  • byRachael Dexter
Safety net in danger:High price of changes to NDIS legislation
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Safety net in danger:High price of changes to NDIS legislation

If controversial changes to the legislation underpinning the NDIS pass the Federal Parliament this week,we are likely to see more cuts to NDIS services.

  • byMuriel Cummins
Employers ‘anxious’ about asking employees to disclose disability

Employers ‘anxious’ about asking employees to disclose disability

Employers fear asking workers if they have a disability,making data collection on employment rates tricky,a royal commission has heard.

  • byDana Daniel