Tag: Accessibility

Senate Inquiry Release Report on Delivery of Outcomes Under the National Disability Strategy

Today, the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs (the Committee) released their report into delivery of outcomes under the National Disability Strategy 2010 – 2020 (NDS). The NDS is a ten year national policy framework for improving the life of people with disability in Australia, their friends, families and carers. The Committee noted that while…

NDIS In Crisis, Say Disability Groups As Complaints Soar

Complaints with National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) planning processes have soared by 700 percent in the last year, according to the Commonwealth Ombudsman. Many of the complaints related to the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) conducting planning meetings by phone – a practice which has now changed. The NDIA have made a statement that they…

Media Release: Peak Disability Group Condemns Decision to Deny Deaf Juror Equal Access

Today the High Court of Australia unanimously rejected an appeal from Gaye Lyons, a Queensland women who had been turned down for jury service because she requires as Auslan interpreter to participate in proceedings. “The decision is very disappointing”, says peak national disability group, Disabled Persons Organisations Australia (DPO Australia). “However, we won’t be deterred…

ACDA Submission to Department of Communications and the Arts Communications Accessibility: 2016 and Beyond (May 2016)

In May 2016 the Australian Cross Disability Alliance (ACDA) provided a submission to the Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts consultation ‘’Communications Accessibility: 2016 and Beyond’’, specifically in regard the future of the National Relay Service (NRS). In the submission ACDA emphasised  that all people with disability have a right to equal access to communication under…

ACDA Submission to Consideration of the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for People who are Blind, Visually Impaired or otherwise Print Disabled

The Australian Cross Disability Alliance (ACDA) provided a brief submission to the Australian Government Joint Standing Committee on Treaties, to express our unequivocal support for the ratification by Australia of the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for People who are Blind, Visually Impaired or otherwise Print Disabled (Marrakesh, 27 June 2013) –…