Tag Archives: disabilities

ACT set to lead nation on startups: Telstra winner

Jessica May

The first ever ACT Telstra Business Women’s Awards winner to go on to collect a national gong reckons the territory is on the verge of becoming an Australian leader in entrepreneurship.
“Canberra is set to challenge the rest of Australia in the startup ecosystem for originality, research and the perfect storm of the right government and [...]

Local leaders – Jessica May (Enabled Employment)

jessica may enabled employments

Canberra entrepreneur and disability advocate Jessica May has achieved more in just six months than what many business owners do in years.
The former public servant founded disability recruitment firm Enabled Employment in September last year after experiencing first-hand the challenges of being an employee with a disability. She told her boss that she had a [...]

Strong Women: Circus Sisters exhibition at Tuggeranong Arts Centre

By 4 December 2013

[ 5 December 2013 to 17 December 2013. ]

Warehouse Circus continue to be one of my favourite organisations ever. They do excellent work and continue to not just pump out fantastic circus performers, but straight up help people in all sorts of wonderful circussy ways.

This exhibition chronicles their work with a group of 11 young women with disability, and sounds rather cool.

It’s only [...]

I-Day Expo and Market at the National Museum of Australia

By 8 October 2013

[ 30 November 2013 at 12:00 am; ] ACT Community Living Project and the National Museum of Australia are joining forces to put on an expo and markets to celebrate I-Day.

At the moment they’re looking for stall holders so if you’re keen to get involved check out their stall holders invitation.

The Expo is a celebration of the skills, abilities and achievements of people [...]

NDIS grants a-go-go

By 8 October 2013

Joy Burch has announced the first NDIS grants:
More than $4 million in life-changing grants have been awarded to Canberrans with disabilities in another milestone towards the ACT roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Minister for Disability Joy Burch said the first round of the Enhanced Service Offer grants would see more than 800 people with [...]

The new legislative program

By 12 September 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher has blogged her plans for the Spring 2013 sittings.
The main items have been thusly paraphrased:
– The Marriage Equality Bill 2013 will enable couples who are not able to marry under the Commonwealth Marriage Act 1961 to enter into marriage in the ACT. It will provide for solemnisation, eligibility, dissolution and annulment, regulatory [...]

Housing program providing housemates to people with disabilities

By 29 August 2013

A new Homeshare Program is matching up people with disability who want to live independently with housemates looking for affordable housing in Canberra.
They get cheaper rent by agreeing to spend a certain number of hours each week assisting their housemate with chores and tasks that they need assistance with.
ACT Minister for Disability, Children and Young [...]

Grants available for Canberrans living with disability

By 29 July 2013

Some useful info for those looking to apply for an ESO grant:
Canberrans with a disability are reminded to apply for the $7.72 million in Enhanced Service Offer grants available as a result of the ACT Government’s National Disability Insurance Scheme agreement with the Commonwealth, with more than 100 applications already submitted.
Minister for Disability Joy Burch [...]

Disability Forum in Holt

By 23 July 2013

Belconnen Community Services are hosting a one day workship with world renowned disability advocates John O’Brien & Connie Lyle O’Brien on Tuesday the 30th of July, from 9:00am to 5:00pm, at the Holt Community Centre. The forum will cost $60, however if you are living with disability, or a family member is, you can attend [...]

Taxi driver puts foot in their mouth

By 12 July 2013

This morning I received an email about Canberra Silver Service Taxis from Krystjann. Here it is.
Tonight while parked on London circuit in a LOADING ZONE i received an offensive message on my car which is clearly marked with a disability sticker hence me being disabled which was written on the back of a Silver Taxi [...]

Capital cabs lawyer up over disabled bookings

By 14 June 2013

The ABC has the sad news that our diabolically bad taxi service is suing the Government for trying to help disabled people get taxis:
Last year the government set up the centralised system to take bookings for and dispatch wheelchair accessible taxis.
Aerial Capital Group has asked the Federal Court to declare the laws putting the [...]

Construction begins Boundless Canberra Inclusive Playground

By 23 April 2013

Construction started on the Boundless Canberra Inclusive Playground. A playground that is designed to be accessible for all children.
Katy Gallagher today turned the first sod in one of those odd ceremonies that I don’t understand.
Nevertheless, building an inclusive playground is a very cool thing.
“Boundless Canberra is a fantastic statement of how this city provides for [...]

Ceramics workshops for people with and without disability at BCS

By 18 April 2013

100 Bricks is a series of eights ceramics workshop for people with and without disability running in Belconnen during May and June.
The project will be structured in a series of 8 free workshops creating ceramic tiles and opened to 12 adults with and without disability, with the aim of sharing the experience through the creative [...]


By 27 March 2013

Canberra’s school, government and corporate communities banded together to demonstrate their support for the Boundless Canberra project.

$7.8m National Disability Scheme detailed

By 13 March 2013

ACT Minister for Disability Joy Burch outlined the plans for the National Disability Scheme today.
“From July eligible ACT residents with disabilities or mental illness will be able to apply for one-
off grants that may be used in a variety of ways to improve their quality of life,” Ms Burch said.
“These grants may be for aids [...]

Rubbery NDIS figures from Katy Gallagher

By 28 February 2013

So, the term “several thousand” would have to mean “at least 3,000 families, in common parlance. Katy Gallagher has announced that $10 million will be spent on funding “several thousand” families with “$5,000 a year” under the first stage of the NDIS, “from July” with “full rollout by 2014″.
It turns out that the full rollout [...]

Labor promises more for disabilities

By 28 September 2012

Team Katy is dispensing more largesse, this time for those with a disability:
If re-elected ACT Labor will deliver almost $15 million for more disability support:
Funding for an extra half-day support per week to young people with a disability who have graduated from school, equating to an additional $5000 per person annually
$1.48 million to establish payroll [...]

Community group gets given the merry go round

By 13 September 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Chief Minister Gallagher has the happy news that the Civic Merry-Go-Round is being given to “Canberra community group LEAD (Live, Experience, Access, Develop), a specialist not-for-profit organisation supporting people with disabilities”
“It is a fantastic outcome that LEAD has been awarded the trial contract to run the Civic Merry-Go-Round. LEAD, who has been working in Canberra [...]

Greens to funnel more money to private schools in the name of disabilties

By 10 August 2012

Raising my eyebrows this morning is Meredith Hunter coming to the Dozspotian view on sending government education dollars chasing disabled students where ever they may be found:
The ACT Government announced one off, ad hoc funding of $2m to the non-government sector to support students with disabilities in the 2012/13 budget.
The ACT Greens today committed [...]

Young People’s Plan Progress Report released

By 13 December 2011

Yesterday the ACT Young People’s Plan Progress Report was released, and within fifty-five pages of waffle and spin are some interesting tidbits.
School programs have been fairly successful, with improvements in school sustainability, healthy food programs starting to spread out into a hundred schools, and 22,500 students ACT-wide participating in physical activity programs.
Programs giving money to [...]

More disability for the ACT Public Service

By 20 April 2011

Chief Minister Stanhope has proudly announced a new employment strategy to double the number of disabled employees of the ACT public service to 700.
The target would be achieved through training and mentoring programs and through the earmarking of dedicated jobs for employees with disabilities across the service.
Mr Stanhope said while 16 per cent of working-age [...]

After school care for children with a disability considered

By 3 March 2011

This morning Joy Burch kicked things off by announcing she was going to scope out the demand for after-school care and holiday programs for older children with a disability.
(Experience suggests the demand for services provided free can be near-infinite)
“The ACT Government recognises that there is interest across the community for such services, and that there [...]

Greens call for stand alone wheel chair transport service

By 15 February 2011

The Greens’ Amanda Bresnan is making the call for an end to disability transport integration and the start of a segregated service.
ACT Greens Transport spokesperson, Amanda Bresnan MLA will place on the notice paper a motion calling on the ACT Government to establish a dedicated Wheelchair Accessible Taxi (WAT) service with salaried drivers that [...]

A new social housing model?

By 14 February 2011

In a big day the Minister for Children and Young People has again sallied forth with a strange $7 million project called “Intentional Communities” mixing disabled youth with other public housing tenants.
ACT Minister for Housing, Disability and Community Services Joy Burch was today joined by
three families of young adults with a disability in Phillip to [...]

Greens slam taxi reforms

By 18 January 2011

Yesterday Mr Stanhope announced reforms to Canberra’s much despised taxi system.
Today the Greens’ Amanda Bresnan has expressed her displeasure with the changes because they don’t do enough for taxi drivers or the disabled.
“We’ve seen this response to release more taxi licences before, and it has failed before. Taxi drivers are already struggling to earn [...]

Long Awaited improvements to taxi services

By 17 January 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

Chief Minister Stanhope has announced the change we’ve been waiting for in Canberra’s taxi fleet.
The key measures are:
– the release of at least 25 new standard taxi plates and four new wheelchair taxi plates in 2011;
– annual increases in taxi licence numbers to ensure that taxi supply meets demand;
– the introduction of a centralised [...]

Fragrance Free Workplace in Canberra?

By 24 September 2010

I know its a long shot and will probably just attract derision from some of you lot but worth a shot.. does anyone know of any fragrance free workplaces in canberra?
As in, workplaces where there is a policy of no fragrance. I get migranes from the chemicals in perfumes etc which makes it hard [...]

Andrew Barr releases disability education strategy

By 7 September 2010

Andrew Barr has today announced that he’s released the Excellence in Disability Education in ACT Public Schools – Strategic Plan 2010-2013.
He made particular, nigh on excruciating, reference to the Catholic Education Office and the Association of Independent Schools who have agreed to “join” the ACT Government in working “more closely together for the benefit [...]


By 3 August 2010

I’m a CIT media student and for this semester I have to produce a 15 minute program.
I’m going to do a Chaser’s War On Everything type program, but for people with a disability, and I’m looking for people with a disability to appear in it.
At present, I am looking for two people to be the [...]

Independent Living Centre Stifled.

By 7 September 2009

As a (very) occassional supplier of goods to the Independent Living Centre, I have received a letter from the management detailing a number of Government decisions impacting on the service.
The Independent Living Centre supplies a wide variety of impliments, appliances and advice to mobility reduced clients to allow them to lead as normal a life [...]

Looking at the taxis again

By 3 August 2009

Chief Stanhope is announcing yet another review of the taxi industry.
Commencing in August 2009, the review will include an assessment of the supply of standard and wheelchair accessible taxi (WAT) licences; fare structures; and the level of industry regulation.
“Canberrans and visitors to our city deserve to have reasonable access to taxi services that meet their [...]

Ground broken to get the young persons with a disability out of Aged Care

By 15 July 2009

It’s been to Australia’s shame that for many years now young people with severe disability have been shoved into aged care facilities and promptly forgotten. If your idea of fun is playing Halo 3 with the volume all the way up there can be issues with fitting in.
The ACT Minister for Disability and Community Services, [...]

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