PWD E-Bulletin

 

Issue 64 SEPTEMBER 2010 - ISSN 2202-0705

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Contents

New South Wales News

Other State and Territory News

National News

International News

The Inside Story

Upcoming Events

About PWD

Privacy Statement

Contact Us

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New South Wales News

National Disability Parking Scheme starts in NSW

On 20 September 2010, people with disability in NSW will be eligible to apply for a new national Australian Disability Parking Permit.

New NSW applicants will be issued the new permit from September 20, and around 328,000 existing NSW permit holders will be mailed the new permit from October 7 to replace their current permit.

The National Disability Parking Scheme was developed after a consultation process conducted in 2009.  PWD participated in this process and argued that any new scheme to harmonise State and Territory schemes must contain maximum benefits for all people with disability.  NSW has one of the best schemes in Australia, and the new scheme does not reduce any of the existing scheme benefits, and will make it much more convenient when travelling interstate.

The Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Hon. Jenny Macklin, said that the Australian Disability Parking Permit will replace over 100 types of existing permits currently issued by state, territory and local governments across Australia.

Click here to read the Government press release concerning the National Disability Parking Scheme.

Further information on disability parking in NSW can be found at www.rta.nsw.gov.au or by phoning 132 213.

More information on parking concessions for each state and territory can be found at www.disabilityparking.gov.au

Supported Living Fund Campaign

Family Advocacy is campaigning for a NSW Government to commit to a Supported Living Fund that will enable men and women with disability to establish a home of their own while their family still has capacity to support the transition.  PWD has endorsed the Supported Living Fund Campaign and recommended that it be included in the next five year Stronger Together plan for disability services in NSW.

A commitment to the Supported Living Fund would involve:

Ÿ  Providing new money

Ÿ  Extending the target group to include families not in crisis

Ÿ  Enabling people with disability to have a home of their own, using a combination of paid and unpaid/informal support

Ÿ  Enabling families and people with disability to direct their own support

As part of the campaign, Family Advocacy will be holding a Political Candidates Forum on 25 October at 7:30pm to seek bipartisan commitments to the Supported Living Fund.

In addition to addressing the Supported Living Fund, candidates will have 5 minutes to present their policies. Limited questions will also be taken.

A large crowd shows this is an important issue so PWD encourages all members and supporters to attend the Forum.

Venue: Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club

117 Ryedale Road

West Ryde 2114
RSVP: belinda@family-advocacy.com

Follow the campaign on Facebook www.facebook.com/Supported.Living.Fund 

The risk of “Good Intentions” – University of Sydney research project

Are you a parent of a teen or young adult with physical disability? or
Are you a teen or young adult with physical disability?

The University of Sydney and Northcott Disability Services are seeking people aged 12 years or older with physical disability and their parents or carers, to take part in a research study called: The risk of ‘good intentions’. They are aiming to get a better understanding of your experience of advice about everyday risks and how you negotiate that advice to achieve the outcomes you want in life.

They want to interview people about their experience of receiving advice about living their everyday lives.  Interested in telling your story?

For more information contact Jo Ragen phone 0417 692 070 or email: jo.ragen@sydney.edu.au or visit www.riskofgoodintentions.com

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Other State and Territory News

Victoria – Peer  Mentoring Program

Women with Disabilities Victoria is starting a peer mentoring program focusing on developing leadership, representation and advocacy skills. More specifically, the program will focus on:

Ÿ  current issues of concern to women with disabilities

Ÿ  identifying your skills and strengths as a representative/advocate

Ÿ  presentation skills

Ÿ  meeting processes and communication

Ÿ  using technology to support your case

Ÿ  expectations for representatives of Women with Disabilities Victoria

Women with Disabilities Victoria will be crafting the program and its content to suit the needs of each participant – and the final program will be guided by their input. The program will consist of six 3-hour sessions held weekly. 

To participate in the program, you must:

Ÿ  Be a woman with a disability

Ÿ  Commit to attending all sessions

Ÿ  Be willing to listen, and to be open and supportive to other participants

Participants will develop the skills to act as peer mentors to each other.

To register your interest or to find out more about the project contact: Lauren Hayes, Project Officer for Peer Mentoring and Support (Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday) phone (03) 9664-9342 or email lauren.hayes@wdv.org.au

Victoria – The Chinese Disabled People’s Performance Art Troupe comes to St Kilda

The Chinese Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe, established in 1987, is an amateur art organisation comprised of people with disability from all over China. The troupe is cross-disability, and the people involved come from a variety of different backgrounds, ages and disciplines.

The aim of the organisation is to present the concepts of equal and fair participation through art.

They are the only Chinese art troupe to have performed the world's top two stages, and have been designated as “Image Ambassadors for 600 Million People with Disabilities in the World” by the Disabled People's World Assembly. They were also nominated as the "UNESCO Artist for Peace" in 2007.

The group will be performing My Dream, a program that covers vocal solos, chorus, traditional Chinese instrument bands and western instrument bands, folk dance, ballet, Latin ballroom dance, modern dance, condensed dance drama, Peking Opera and poetry in sign language.

Click here for more information or to buy tickets.

Victoria – Housing and Support Options for People with Disability

Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS) wants to hear from people with disability of all ages about current issues with housing and supports and your views about housing and support options and models.

To Have Your Say you can come along to this focus group or contact us to arrange an interview, chat to us on the phone, face-to-face or by e-mail.

We will pass on this information to the Department of Human Services who are undertaking Strategic Planning so they can provide more flexible housing and support options for people with disabilities. They have told us that they want to hear from people with disability about what they want.

Focus group details

When: Wed, 13th of Oct – 2-4pm
Where: Ross House, Room to be advised

Getting There: Ross House is located in 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne. The venue is closest to Flinders St Station.

Access and Support Requirements: The venue for the consultation will be wheelchair accessible.  Please contact YDAS if you would like to request support for the consultations or discuss access requirements.

Participation in the consultation is voluntary, however some assistance with travel costs to and from the consultation can be provided.

If you would like to attend the consultation, please call Bec at YDAS on (03) 9267 3712 or email ydasprojects@yacvic.org.au by Friday, 8 October 2010.

If you won't be coming to the focus group but would still like to talk to us about your ideas, please give Bec a call.

If you know other people with disability who may also like to share their ideas, please pass on this information and invite them to contact Bec.  If you are unable to make it to the consultation, but can recommend someone who may like to come in your place, please let us know. Please also feel free to provide feedback by phone or email if you are unable to attend on the day.

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National news

Disability and Human Rights – PWD Launches Two Benchmark Reports

 “PWD has a long and proud history of producing significant reports, submissions and position statements on issues around human rights and disability. We pride ourselves on basing our publications firmly within the framework set out by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), and using these human rights mechanisms to show why there is still a fight to be won, and how we intend to win it.

These two reports recently released by PWD are testament to the quality and thoroughness of our work and research on how the CRPD should be applied in Australia.

Accommodating Human Rights was developed for three key reasons – to raise awareness of the human rights dimensions in housing and in housing and support for persons with disability; to raise awareness about the obligations on all governments to ensure the respect, protection and fulfilment of the right to adequate housing and adequate support services; and to be useful to people with disability, their families and advocates, in their advocacy to secure the human rights to adequate housing and to adequate support services. 

Rights Denied is the culmination of intensive research, including interviews and consultations, showing the disgraceful way in which people with cognitive disability are still prevented from realising their human rights – and as such experience extraordinary levels of abuse and neglect.

These reports both offer recommendations on how our ‘broken system’ could be fixed. I urge everyone to read them and use the information they contain to continue the struggle for a safer, fairer and more equitable world.” – Jan Daisley, PWD President

Position Paper: Accommodating Human Rights

This PWD Position Paper provides a detailed human rights perspective on housing, and housing and support, for persons with disability

The purpose of the position paper is to highlight the human rights dimensions in housing and housing and support for persons with disability against a backdrop of systemic violation, and failure to protect, respect and fulfil these rights in the Australian context.

This paper challenges traditional approaches that view these issues in terms of community welfare, charity, and discretionary service provision, ‘supported accommodation models’ and restates the internationally acknowledged fact that adequate housing and adequate social services are human rights to which persons with disability are entitled.

Key elements from the Accommodating Human Rights paper include:

Ÿ  Access to housing is a fundamental human need and a core element of the human right to an adequate standard of living. 

Ÿ  CRPD is the specific international instrument dealing with the human rights of persons with disability. Within the CRPD are several articles which highlight the specific issues facing people with disability with regards to housing and housing and support.

Ÿ  CRPD Article 19 enunciates the right of persons with disability to live independently and be included in the community. 

Ÿ  Article 19 applies the traditional civil and political rights of liberty and security of the person, and freedom of movement, to one of the most pervasive human rights abuses experienced by persons with disability; their segregation and isolation from the community in institutional environments.  As Article 19 is a civil and political right, it must be immediately complied with.

Ÿ  CRPD Article 28 guarantees the right to an adequate standard of living, including the right to adequate housing and support services, such as personal care, domestic services, living skills support.  Article 28 applies the traditional economic, social and cultural right of an adequate standard of living. Economic, social and cultural rights must be realised progressively.  This means that Article 28 can be continuously achieved over time.  

Ÿ  In essence, while governments can pursue the right to adequate housing and the right to adequate social services progressively, they must do so in a way that immediately complies with the right of persons with disability to live in and be a part of the community. 

Ÿ  It is therefore not open to governments to claim, for example, that institutional accommodation and support services are a justifiable stage of achievement in progress towards the full realisation of the right to adequate housing and the right to adequate social services for persons with disability. 

Ÿ  the ‘contemporary’ institutional housing and support options, such as villas, cluster housing and specific purpose facilities are actually segregated simulations of the larger group style institutions they take as their precedents.

Ÿ  Still less can governments claim that institutional accommodation support services fully realise the rights of persons with disability to adequate housing and support services.  The CRPD is clear that institutional accommodation and support services are an explicit violation of human rights, and one that governments have an immediate responsibility to prevent and remedy.

Ÿ  All elements of Australian housing systems must conform to basic human rights standards. Evidence that a significant proportion of the Australian population, or sub-groups within the population (such as persons with disability) are deprived of basic housing rights, would mean Australia is in violation to the right to housing.

Ÿ  Australia needs to challenge traditional views over what are acceptable accommodation choices for people with disability. Views which argue that segregation of people with disability is a ‘choice’ are misinformed – there is no choice when all essential services for people with disability are available in one form of housing arrangement.

This Position Paper includes a Foreword by Don McKay, who was Chair of the UN Ad Hoc Committee responsible for developing the CRPD.  PWD sincerely appreciates Mr McKay’s contribution to our position on housing, and housing and support.

The position paper is now available online, on both the PWD and Shut-In Campaign website:

Click here to read the Position Paper online at the PWD website.

Report: Rights Denied - Towards a national policy agenda about abuse, neglect & exploitation of persons with cognitive impairment

PWD and the Disability Studies and Research Centre jointly launched Rights Denied, an investigation into the barriers persons with cognitive disability encounter that prevent or inhibit them from realising their human rights to freedom from abuse, neglect and exploitation and from obtaining appropriate remedies for the violation of these rights.

This research was conducted throughout 2008 and 2009, and informed by an “Expert Group Seminar” where the draft research findings were discussed by academics, researchers and people with disability who have expertise in the area of abuse, neglect and exploitation.  Our research was aided by financial assistance from the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW and we acknowledge their support.

Most persons with cognitive impairment will experience abuse, neglect and exploitation at some points in their lives and many will experience it every day of their lives.

For many years these crimes have been viewed as the inevitable result of impairment, where the problem lies with the person and their disability, rather than the environment around them.  This view of abuse has contributed to a high level of passivity, pessimism and disregard for the prevention, identification, and prosecution of these crimes and the need to provide support to victims. 

Rights Denied brings together a number of new research findings, formulated through a gap analysis of current legal and social policy, literature reviews, and key informant interviews, into ten key focal points.

Through its extensive action-based recommendations, Rights Denied seeks to dismantle the barriers preventing people with cognitive impairment from living a decent life, free from abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Click here to read the report at the PWD website.

Election 2010 – New Appointments

PWD would like to alert its supporters to the following changes to Federal Parliament, following the recent Federal election:

·         Senator Jan McLucas appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers

Senator McLucas has significant experience in disability, having served as Shadow Minister for Ageing and Disabilities from October 2004 to June 2005; and as Shadow Minister for Ageing, Disabilities and Carers from June 2005 until December 2007. 

Senator McLucas was responsible for drafting much of the ALP's 2007 election policy in relation to disability and carers which formed the basis of the Labor Governments significant reform and achievements in the portfolio during its first term.  Senator McLucas is well-known to PWD and participated in our 2007 Election Forum Members’ Event.  We look forward to working with Senator McLucas again.

The Government says it will continue to support the concept of a National Disability Insurance Scheme and the current Productivity Commission Inquiry into Disability Care and Support.

·         Senator Mitch Fifield appointed Shadow Minister/ Manager of Opposition Business

Senator Mitch Fifield was appointed with the role of Shadow Minister for Disabilities, Carers and the Voluntary Sector, after having served as a shadow parliamentary secretary for the past 19 months.

Senator Fifield said in a press release that the Coalition strongly supports serious reform within the disability sector, including the concept of a National Disability Insurance Scheme and the current Productivity Commission Inquiry into Disability Care and Support.

PWD has been invited to meet with Senator Fifield, and we look forward to establishing a positive working relationship with him.

·         The Hon. Bill Shorten appointed Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation

PWD congratulates the Hon. Bill Shorten for his appointment to Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation.  We thank him for his strong commitment to legislative, policy and program reform for people with disability in Australia during his time as Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children’s Services.  We encourage him to continue his dedication to the rights of people with disability in his new positions with the Australian Government.

Tax information now available in Auslan

PWD welcomes the Australian Tax Office’s (ATO) ‘Tax in Australia –what you need to know’ DVD and online presentation is now available in 16 different languages, including Auslan.

Originally launched in August 2009 the DVD is designed to overcome language, communication and cultural barriers to inform new migrants about Australia’s tax and superannuation systems.

The DVD explains why Australians pay tax, the need for a tax file number, what to do when starting employment and why people may need to complete a tax return. Subtitles are also used to assist understanding with tax terminology and to aid comprehension for hearing impaired viewers.

The ‘Tax in Australia – what you need to know’ DVD is available from the Australia Tax Office’s website www.ato.gov.au

Deaf Australia - Captioning Quality Campaign

Deaf Australia and the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN), along with other organisations, attended the recent Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) workshop about captioning, and discussed examples members had given about poor-quality captioning on TV.

Deaf Australia and ACCAN, of which PWD is a member are now working with other organisations to lobby for improved captioning standards on Australian TV, and need people to provide feedback about how the captions on TV stations are not yet good enough.

Specifically, Deaf Australia need specific examples of poor quality captions from free-to-air television broadcasters such as channels 7, 9, 10, the ABC and SBS.  If you have an example of poor quality, strange or missing captions on a program, please let Deaf Australia know – along with the date, time, channel, program name and the captioning issue.

For more information, please visit the campaign site at the Deaf Australia website www.deafau.org.au/campaigns

Call for papers: Telstra-TJA Christopher Newell Prize for Telecommunications and Disability

Telstra and the Telecommunications Journal of Australia (TJA) are inviting interested people involved in the area of telecommunications and disability (technology and social studies) to submit suitable papers for the Christopher Newell Prize and for publishing by the TJA.

The prize recognises and commemorates the ground-breaking work the late Revd Canon Dr Christopher Newell AM undertook within the telecommunications industry from 1990 to 2008 in representing the needs of people with disability.  PWD remembers Dr Newell as a significant advocate for people with disability, challenging the social conditions that he argued amount to ‘apartheid’ for people with disability in Australia.

The deadline for submissions is 15 January 2011. Prizes totalling $15,000 will be granted for the top three eligible papers. Intending applicants should contact the Editor of the TJA for further information on the format of submissions.

Click here for general information about the Prize at the Australian Computer Society website

For information about the TJA and papers that were published for the 2010 Prize, please visit:

http://www.epress.monash.edu/tja/about.html and http://publications.epress.monash.edu/toc/tja/60/2

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International News

United Nations NGO conference - Towards a Rights Based Approach in Pacific Communities for the Achievement of MDGs

Representatives from PWD recently participated in the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) NGO conference which took place in Melbourne from 30 August – 2 September 2010.

Amongst the stories and findings to come out of the conference included the statement that improving the attitudes and behaviours towards children, women, and persons with disability by working alongside them within their communities are some of the most effective ways of ensuring their health and wellbeing in Pacific Island countries.

The prevalence of violence against women and children generated through unequal gender and power relations now need to be urgently addressed in order to ensure their health and security.

These statements were made in a workshop conducted by a number of Pacific Island non-government organisations, including the Pacific Disability Forum.

The workshop discussed the work of Pacific Island NGOs in the areas of health protection and promotion and highlighted examples of how community led initiatives need to address not only health issues, but factors like social, economic, cultural and political environments and gender inequality.

Presenting at the workshop were Pacific NGOs members of the Pacific Regional NGO Alliance (PRNGOs) which work both at the community level and advocate at a policy level for effective investment that address both the causes and consequences of ill health. 

Pacific Women with Disability: Triple Discrimination

Margaret Eastgate, who represented Pacific Disability Forum at the United Nations NGO conference, said that changing the mind sets of Pacific people towards a disability inclusive approach was key to addressing disability issues.

“Pacific women who are disabled face triple discrimination – one because of their gender, the other discrimination because of their disability and thirdly because they are considered to be the poorest in the society,” said Ms Eastgate.

She said that many disabled women did not know their rights and did not have access to appropriate health services to meet their specific needs.

It is necessary to work with communities and organizations led and managed by people with disabilities, she said.

Working Through Children to Engage Communities

Chandra Shekhar, the Chief Executive Officer of Save the Children Fiji, emphasized that in order for mothers and children to access health services, health workers need to take their services into communities, if the health related Millennium Development Goals (MDGS) are to be achieved.

“A nation’s progress is dependent on the health of its people and promoting good health starts with children. Save the Children works with children, parents and communities to promote early education. This is also an entry point for us to promote access to safe water and good health practices.”

He said that hardship faced by marginalized communities led to children’s needs being compromised and cited that in many cases were not taken to hospital when they needed medical attention.

“Partnerships with the Ministry of Health have ensured medical clinics going into these communities and getting appropriate attention for children and the sick members of the communities.” 

New Zealand’s first conference on Access Tourism

Access Tourism is tourism, travel, and hospitality for people with disability and seniors.

The first ever conference on Access Tourism in New Zealand will take place on October 4th 2010 at Auckland University of Technology.

The conference will look at various aspects of Access Tourism, including some of the following: the current situation in NZ and worldwide, website access and information best practice, government strategy, policy, and obligations, best practice in transport, accommodation, and attractions access, training for access in the tourism and hospitality sector, legal aspects, universal design, and quality rating for Access Tourism products in New Zealand. 

It will also include brainstorming sessions on strategies for advancing the development of Access Tourism in New Zealand and developing collaboration as a tool to advance that development.  The conference is being run by the New Zealand Tourism Research Institute at Auckland University of Technology, and will be a no frills sustainable event.  

The conference will be opened by the Honourable Tariana Turia, Minister for Disabilities Issues and co-leader of the Maori Party.

Conference speakers include:

·         Diana Palmer, Information on Disability Education Awareness Services (IDEAS), NSW, Australia. 

·         Kathy Olsen, Director of Squiz NZ, an expert in web accessibility

·         Minnie Baragwanath, Auckland City Council.

Those registered to attend so far include representatives from industry training organisations, the NZ Automobile Association, local governments, non-governmental organisations, tourism operators, tourism travel agencies, tourism industry sector organisations, the Department of Conservation, regional tourism organisations, business development agencies, development consultants, access assessment agencies, and academics.

Ron McCallum re-elected to CRPD Committee

On 1 September 2010, at the United Nations in New York, the States Parties to the CRPD opened the Third Conference of States Parties (COP) by electing twelve CRPD Committee members. Each candidate had to be presented by a country that is a State Party to the Convention.

 

PWD welcomes the re-election of Australian Rob McCallum to the CRPD Committee.

 

The CRPD Committee is now expanding from twelve to eighteen members in accordance with the Convention, which says that after sixty ratifications additional to the first twenty, the CRPD Committee will expand from twelve to eighteen members.

 

Click here to read the full UN Media Release

Hungary Releases its CRPD NGO Shadow Report

PWD would like to alert all members and stakeholders to the CRPD Shadow Report developed by Hungary.  The report was developed with support from the Open Society Institute, the EGT/Norwegian Financial Mechanism, the Hungarian Environmental Partnership Foundation and its partners, SINOSZ and MDAC.

 

It is of particular interest to Australian CRPD Shadow Report Working Group, which is currently finalising the draft Australian NGO Shadow Report.

 

Click here to read this Report and Executive Summary 

 

For more information on the Australian NGO Shadow Report, contact Therese Sands, Executive Director on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email thereses@pwd.org.au

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The Inside Story

September Member Event – Meet the Regional Advocates

PWD’s latest Member Event, which took place on Friday 10 September at Petersham RSL, was a welcome opportunity to introduce our regional staff to the membership and launch our new Disability Rights Defender Program.

The MC for the night was Australian radio broadcaster, comedian, human rights campaigner and PWD Associate Member Julie McCrossin, who was unanimously agreed to be a truly wonderful host. Bringing energy and enthusiasm to the night, Julie interviewed some of PWD’s regional advocates – Valerie Brown, Tracey Moffat and Catherine Posniak – and had them speak about their backgrounds, passions, and aspirations with PWD. It was a fantastic opportunity for our members to learn about PWD’s recent expansion and how we are working to connect with people beyond Sydney and NSW.

For the first time ever, PWD streamed the Member Event live over the internet – meaning that members who were unable to attend on the night were still able to watch the event and hear from all the speakers. Despite some slight technical glitches, the stream was a success, and we now hope to incorporate this web component into all our events, with a future addition of screening an Auslan interpretation also in the wings.

Everyone who attended the event received snacks and drinks, and went into the draw to win a Lucky Door Prize! Congratulations to all those who won a prize and went home with something nice.

Thankyou for all members who attended the event, it was great to have you there and we hope you are able to attend our upcoming AGM – either in person or online

Daphnee Cook, Communications and Membership Development Manager

PWD Launches Disability Rights Defenders

This month PWD launched its brand new supporter program, Disability Rights Defenders.

Disability Rights Defenders are people who want to assist PWD’s human rights work, and commit to making a regular, monthly, tax-deductible donation to the organisation as the best way for them to do this. Regular donations will help us pursue essential projects, such as free Individual and Group Advocacy services for people with disability and provide rights-based information and training to people with disability and their associates.

The ongoing support of Disability Rights Defenders will allow us to confidently plan ahead, knowing that funds will be available to support our programs, rather than relying on governments of the day to support our projects.

We aim to keep our Disability Rights Defenders informed with regular newsletters and updates to let you know how we are using the donations!

All Disability Rights Defenders will receive:

·         A personal letter of thanks and appreciation every year from PWD

·         Our monthly E-Bulletin on our work, global development and the disability rights movement

·         Invitations to PWD Events

·         Only one tax-receipt that will be sent to you at the end of the financial year. (All donations over $2 are tax-deductible)

·         The knowledge that you are creating real and actual change for people with disability, working together towards a socially just and accessible community.

If you are interested in becoming a Disability Rights Defender (and we encourage everyone to get involved!) please download a donation form from here:

·         PWD Donation Form - pdf 28kb

·         PWD Donation Form - word 48kb

·         PWD Donation Form - RTF 912kb

For more information please visit the PWD website at www.pwd.org.au/donations.html or contact Daphnee, Communications and Membership Development Manager on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email daphneec@pwd.org.au

PWD Supporter Survey – Tell us what YOU think!

PWD has launched its first ever supporter survey, to learn more about you and how we can better meet your needs. The survey should only take 5-10 minutes to complete, and would be of enormous help in directing us towards providing better services for our supporters.

Click here to access the survey.

We have endeavoured to make this survey accessible to everyone. If you experience any difficulty, please contact our Information and Liaison Officer for assistance on telephone (02) 9370 3100 or freecall 1800 422 015 or email pwd@pwd.org.au

Thanks, and we look forward to receiving your feedback!

Farewell to Carine Bento and Welcome to Stephin Hargreave

Carine Bento, who has held a couple of positions within the Individual and Group Advocacy Service (IGAS) of PWD over a six month period, has sadly left PWD. She firstly held the position of a Disability Rights Information Officer and more recently the position of Advocate. We would like to acknowledge Carine’s contribution to the IGAS during her time with the service.

Carine left the IGAS to take up a position with New Horizons, as a Coordinator of a Personal Helpers and Mentors Service (PHaMS) in the south western suburb of Miller. The PHaMS specialises in supporting refugees.

We hope the association with Carine will continue given the parallel between the work that is undertaken through PHaMS and that which is done by PWD.

With farewelling Carine, we welcome Stephin Hargreave to the IGAS of PWD, as an Advocate. Stephin comes to PWD with a great deal of experience within the disability sector. Stephin has worked for both government and non-government agencies. Welcome Stephin!

- Denise Beckwith, Disability Rights Information Service Coordinator

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Upcoming Events

15 October 2010: Brisbane, QLD 'Autism/Asperger Syndrome and Success in the Workplace' For more information www.autismfocus.com.au/index.php?section=27

 

4-6 November 2010: Parramatta, NSW International Human Rights Education Conference Educating for Human Rights, Peace and Intercultural Dialogue For more information www.humanrightseducationconference2010.com.au

 

13-15 November 2010: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Asia Pacific CBR Convention 2010 - Promoting Inclusive and Sustainable Development: Introduction of ‘The New CBR Guideline’. For more information http://apcbrconvention.cbrnetworkmalaysia.org

 

18-19 November 2010: Sydney, NSW Inaugural National Indigenous Policy and Dialogue Conference: New Relationships, New Possibilities. For more information www.ncoss.org.au/mail/HACC/100318-NIPDC-2010-Call-for-Papers.pdf or email nipdc@unsw.edu.au

 

22 November 2010: Sydney, NSW NCOSS Sector Development Conference: The Future of Community Management – Reviewing our Governance Model.  NCOSS intends to ‘kick start’ the conversation about the sector’s governance fundamentals at their conference in November. Join NCOSS and a range of speakers from the sector, government and academia, to explore the models, history, continuing relevance and options for change.  For more information www.ncoss.org.au/futureofcommunitymanagement

 

14 December 2010: Sydney, NSW Emergency Readiness and Response for People with a Physical Disability – Free workshop run by Physical Disability Council of NSW at the Medina Hotel, 2 Lee Street Haymarket (next to Central Station). To RSVP phone Ben Williams on 1800 688 831 or (02) 9552 1606 or email benw@pdcnsw.org.au or admin@pdcnsw.org.au

 

9-11 February 2011: Geelong, VIC Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with Disability Inc (VALID) Having a Say Conference 2011, Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria. For more information www.valid.org.au

 

14-17 March 2011: Auckland, New Zealand Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) Regional Conference on Disability 2011 - Promoting actions on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in the Pacific Region. For more information www.pacificdisability.org

 

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About PWD

People with Disability Australia Incorporated (PWD) is a national disability rights and advocacy organisation. Our membership is people with disability and organisations made up of people with disability. Individuals and organisations committed to the disability rights movement can join PWD as associate members.

PWD was founded in 1981, the International Year of Disabled People, to provide people with disability with a voice of our own. We have a cross-disability focus and represent the interests of people with all kinds of disability.

As a non-profit, non-government organisation we increasingly depends on membership fees, public donations, bequests and fundraising activities to maintain our commitment to improving the lives of people with disability. PWD is a deductible gift recipient so donations of $2 or more are fully tax deductible.

Your tax deductible donation will mean we can continue to maintain our services. If you are interested and would like to support PWD please visit www.pwd.org.au/donations.html

For information about membership, contact PWD on email pwd@pwd.org.au or one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin.

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If you would like to receive PWD E-Bulletin in an alternative format or have an enquiry, contact PWD by email pwd@pwd.org.au or on one of the numbers listed below.

People with Disability Australia Incorporated
PO Box 66 Strawberry Hills NSW 2012
Phone 02 9370 3100, toll-free 1800 422 015
TTY 02 9318 2138, toll-free 1800 422 016

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