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Social Inclusion of Victorians with a Disability

Two women walking in Federation Square. One woman is using a cane.


This year the Victorian government is doing an inquiry into social inclusion for people with a disability. This means you will be able to have your say about what problems you face in taking part in your community. For example, the kinds of difficulties you might have accessing buildings, going to school or getting a job. The government wants to hear about what they can do better and what changes need to be made so that people with disabilities can be included in the community. The closing date for providing your thoughts and ideas to the inquiry is 28 February.

Posted by: George Taleporos, on 07/02/14

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The Victorian State Disability Plan

The blue and white cover of the Victorian State Disability Plan

The Victorian state disability plan 2013-2016 outlines the Victorian Government's approach to reducing the barriers faced by people with a disability to accessing education, employment and other services within the community. Our plan is about improving public spaces, planning, transport and the justice system, to make Victoria a welcoming and accessible place, not just for people with a disability, but for all Victorians.

Posted by: DiVine Editor, on 10/07/13

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A look at the 2012 Legal Needs Survey

The outside of a courthouse

People with disabilities often have legal problems. One of these problems is that people often break the law by not treating us as they should. People with disabilities often find that doctors do not look after us properly, people do not treat us as equals, and landlords, neighbours, government organisations and police may treat us unfairly. A recent survey shows that people with disabilities and single parents are twice as likely as other people to have legal problems. The survey looks at why some people have a lot of legal problems, and what can be done to help those affected.

Posted by: Katrina Breen, on 06/02/13

1 comment - last comment on 07/02/13

Reporting it right

Woman who uses a wheelchair chatting with another woman. Text - Writer or journalist?

The media often uses inappropriate words when talking about people with disabilities. So a set of guidelines have been written to help the media portray people with a disability. The "Reporting it Right" guidelines are written by the Department of Human Services. The guidelines ask people with disabilities be portrayed as people first. They also suggest not using very emotive language when describing people with disabilities. To help the media, the guidelines list acceptable terms for describing disabilities.

Posted by: Graham Clements, on 14/11/12

7 comments - last comment on 14/12/12

What is a disability?

A thick opened book on a table with a few books behind it .

About a million Victorians have a disability. Disabilities can result from accidents, illness, genetics, or aging. A disability can be physical, sensory, intellectual, psychiatric or neurological. Disabilities limit a person's ability to carry out day-to-day activities. Organisations and governments use different ways to define disability. The DiVine website uses a general list of disabilities. Centrelink that provides the disability support pension lists many disabilities. The mobility allowance by the Federal Government has a much shorter list of disabilities. The Department of Education includes behaviour and language disorders. Other organisations like VicRoads concentrate on disabilities that affect access to their services.

Posted by: Graham Clements, on 09/07/12

2 comments - last comment on 20/07/12

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