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.
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Posted by: DiVine Editor, on 10/07/13
A look at the 2012 Legal Needs Survey
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.
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Posted by: Katrina Breen, on 06/02/13
Reporting it right
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.
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Posted by: Graham Clements, on 14/11/12
What is a disability?
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.
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Posted by: Graham Clements, on 09/07/12
Last Monday I went to the National Disability Insurance Scheme rally. It was at Federation Square in Melbourne. There were about 2000 people. Speeches were made by state and federal politicians, as well as people with disabilities. It was good to share people's stories. Later in the day, the federal government announced it would begin a trial of the scheme within a year. I think the scheme is very important. It will help make people's lives more manageable. It will give people more opportunities. I left the rally happy knowing the government is doing its best to look after us.
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Posted by: Karli Dettman, on 08/05/12