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‘Devastating’: woman with a disability met with disbelief after sexual assault, royal commission hears

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Anglicare took three years to apologise for failing to report the sexual assault of young woman with a disability to police, a royal commission has heard. After voicing their concerns during an audit last year, Niky* ...

‘No one to call out to’: Sydney disability group home resident allegedly punched and kicked

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The mother of a 24-year-old man with severe intellectual disability has told an inquiry a support worker allegedly punched and kicked her son and once pulled his chair from under him so he would fall down. The disabil...

‘Our humour gets very dark, very fast’: The Last Leg presenters on busting disability taboos

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“Our catchphrase was, ‘What are they going to do, sack us?’” says Adam Hills. “We were only meant to be on air for 10 days, so we were happy to push boundaries. Little did we suspect we’d still be here nine years late...

‘The lady without legs or arms’: how artist Sarah Biffin shattered Victorian ideas about disability

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She was born without arms and legs to a farming family in 1784 and, measuring just 37 inches in height as an adult, was put on show in touring fairground attractions. Billed as The Limbless Wonder, Sarah Biffin painte...

Australians with a disability ‘forgotten’ in coronavirus vaccine rollout, advocates say

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Australia’s former disability discrimination commissioner and disability advocates have condemned the failure to prioritise disability care in the Covid-19 vaccine rollout, saying residents and support staff were blin...

Disability carer sentenced to six years’ jail over death of Ann Marie Smith due to criminal neglect

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The carer who admitted the manslaughter of Adelaide woman Ann Marie Smith, who had cerebral palsy, has been jailed for at least five years and three months for her criminal neglect. Sentencing Rosa Maria Maione in the...

Disability services company pocketed nearly $1m for barista course lacking basic equipment, inquiry hears

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A barista course spruiked by the national disability insurance scheme and for which a company pocketed nearly $1m from the federal government lacked the most basic equipment, an inquiry has been told. Over a three-day...

Disability services take Covid vaccinations ‘into their own hands’ amid rollout failures

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Failures with the federal government’s Covid-19 vaccine rollout are forcing residential disability care providers to circumvent the system and approach general practitioners directly to secure supplies for vulnerable ...

FA aims to be ‘beacon for society’ as it reveals first disability football plan

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The Football Association has pledged to increase the number of people playing disability football in England by 50% in three years, as it announced its first plan to support the game. Currently 4.5% of people with dis...

Government disability strategy risks becoming a ‘car crash’, says Tory peer

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The launch of the government’s long-awaited disability strategy risks becoming a car crash if ministers do not do more to listen to the views of people with disabilities before releasing it, a Conservative peer has sa...

Hospital admissions up to eight times higher for people with intellectual disability, Australian study finds

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Potentially avoidable hospitalisations occur at a rate up to eight times higher for people with intellectual disability than the general population, according to new research. Advocates say the findings point to an ur...

Jarred McGinnis: ‘You don’t have to be disabled to write about disability, but you’d better get it right’

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As an author with a visible and physical disability, it was inevitable that I would be asked to write about disability in literature – I’m a paraplegic and full-time manual wheelchair user, for those keeping score. Wh...

Reporting sexual assault felt like ‘talking to a wall’, deaf woman tells disability inquiry

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When Catherine Dunn went to tell a university wellbeing officer she had been sexually assaulted, a lack of appropriate services left her feeling like she was “talking to a wall”. Dunn, who is deaf, was assaulted as a ...

Scott Morrison apologises for offence caused by saying he was ‘blessed’ to have children without disability

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Scott Morrison has “deeply apologised” for offence caused by saying he was “blessed” to have two daughters without disability, despite claiming his opponents had “twisted” his words. The comment in Wednesday’s leaders...

Some 130 people died of a terminal illness before Centrelink granted disability support pension

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Some 130 people diagnosed with a terminal illness died before Centrelink granted them access to the disability support pension last year, new data reveals. The figures were provided to the Senate in response to questi...

Sound of Metal review – Riz Ahmed keeps swirling disability drama on the beat

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The existential issue of disability is worried at in this vehemently acted addiction-recovery drama about a heavy-metal drummer who suddenly experiences hearing loss. Clearly, very personal experiences are here being ...

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