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Graham Clements

A portrait photo of Graham ClementsI have fought bushfires racing up the hills around Heyfield. I have scheduled television commercials in freezing Ballarat. I have even tossed bean sprouts in a shed in Sydney. I now live in rural Victoria where I write science fiction. Literature, science, technology, the environment and gardening are some of my many interests.

 

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Disability slacker pension

Talkback radio and some newspapers seem to have it in for disability pensioners. They claim the number of disability pensioners is spiralling out of control. They say this is because there are too many 'bludgers' getting the Disability Support Pension (DSP). But the evidence says otherwise. The growth rate of people receiving the DSP has decreased over the past decade. This is despite Australia having one of the lowest employment rates for people with disabilities. And our population is increasing and getting older so there will be more people with disabilities. Convictions for defrauding the DSP are also rare.

Posted by: Graham Clements, on 01/08/14 | Rights & policies | Policy & legislation

Champions of change

People with a disability need to have a say. We need to be heard about the National Disability Insurance Scheme. We need to be heard about changes to the Disability Support Pension. One way to be heard is by the use of advocates. But their advocacy needs to be effective. To ensure it is effective, advocates and people with disabilities should meet and exchange ideas. Such a meeting is happening in Melbourne on 4 August. The meeting is called the Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference, Champions of Change.

Posted by: Graham Clements, on 15/07/14 | Out & about | Events

Participating in the NDIS

A trial of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is underway in the Barwon region of Victoria. DiVine writer Thomas Banks is part of the trial. He went through a lengthy process to create a disability support plan. He found the process frustrating at times. The plan included most of the things he wanted, and helped him grow his business. Thomas is pleased with the NDIS. He does not think the NDIS rollout should be delayed.

Posted by: Graham Clements, on 27/06/14 | Rights & policies | Policy & legislation

Crime and people with disabilities

 

Are people with disabilities more likely to be victims of crime? The Australian Bureau of Statistics has done some research into crime and disabilities. Their research suggests the majority of people with disabilities are no more likely to be victims of crime than the general population. But people with mental health disabilities appear more likely to experience violence and break-ins. 

 

Posted by: Graham Clements, on 27/05/14 | Lifestyle | Healthy living

Making computers easier to use

Microsoft Windows has a few features to help people with disabilities use computers. Speech recognition allows a user to tell a computer what to do. Narrator reads text aloud. Magnifier increases the screen size. Even the mouse pointer can be enlarged. Windows also has an onscreen keyboard. These accessibility features are free with Windows. Some are easy to use, while others take patience and time to learn.  

Posted by: Graham Clements, on 15/04/14 | Tech talk | Assistive technologies

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