Will you be observing International Day 2012?
The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is coming up on Monday 3 December. This year marks its 20th anniversary since its start by the United Nations 20 years ago. I am participating in a special radio show this year. It will feature two bands, interviews and readings. Find out what is happening in your community on the day and get involved.
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Posted by: Lawrie Horner, on 23/11/12
A brave new world?
I recently watched the television show
Insight. They talked about genetic testing. This is where tests can be made to an unborn baby to test for disabilities or diseases. I was unsure about the idea of this testing before becoming disabled. I think people who agree with this view have good intentions. But some of their opinions come from a lack of understanding. Many people with disabilities suffer not because of their disability but because of other people's attitudes and a lack of proper care. I agree some genetic testing can be helpful but it should not get out of control.
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Posted by: Rachel Croucher, on 05/11/12
A Victorian report has found six out of ten students with a disability are bullied at school. It also found half of all students with a disability and their parents reported discrimination at school. The report is by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission. It looked at how students with disabilities are coping in government, Catholic and independent schools throughout Victoria. More than 1,800 students, parents and educators were involved in the study. There are more than 100,000 students with disabilities in Victorian schools.
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Posted by: Phoebe Tay, on 12/10/12
Working in disability
Michelle Wilcox is a 28 year-old woman who has cerebral palsy. She has always wanted to work in the disability area. Last year she started a new job as a peer support worker. She gives information to people who get Individual Support Package money from the government. The money gives people with a disability the opportunity to meet their disability needs. Michelle meets people with disabilities around Melbourne to explain the different ways they can manage their package. Michelle says this job has given her confidence and she is happy to be working in disability.
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Posted by: Tully Zygier, on 27/09/12
Domestic violence against women with disabilities
The Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria had a meeting last week. The meeting was about violence against women with disabilities. This violence can be physical or emotional. A number of women spoke at the meeting. Young Australian of the Year Anj Barker spoke about her achievements. Anj has a severe brain injury caused by physical violence by a partner. Another woman spoke about the risk of violence when women are in support care. Some women with disabilities may be at risk of being abused by someone who should be there to help. The Victorian government understands it is important to help women experiencing violence.
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Posted by: Susan Frankel, on 29/06/12