Getting our fair share of the Disability Economy

Getting our fair share of the Disability Economy

I gave a speech at the Disability Employment Australia Conference  on June 1, about the Disability Economy, and the economics of the NDIS, asking some hard questions about whether disabled people are part of this economy, or the products to be traded....
Election issues for disabled people

Election issues for disabled people

Last week, I asked disabled people about what issues were most important to them in the Federal Election, and got a flood of great answers with a few key themes. The responses covered making being sick and disabled a whole lot more affordable, fixing the admin and...
Latest writing and updates

Latest writing and updates

My essay about living through a pandemic as a disabled person is out in the latest issue of Meanjin. I wrote this at the end of 2021, and it includes very personal reflections about what the pandemic has meant for me, and the community I’m so grateful to be part...
Do we matter?

Do we matter?

[This was my Patreon article from last Sunday, and is just as relevant today. Sign the petition to get action on vaccines for disabled people.] I’m angry and sad today, so this post has more swears than usual. Disabled people and disability workers in a group home in...
The fight for the future of the NDIS

The fight for the future of the NDIS

Back in March, I wrote for Eureka Street about the fight for the future of the NDIS. I said: Right now, there is a fight on for the future of the NDIS. On one side is the Federal Government, determined to have total control over the Scheme, and to change its very...
What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?

There has been some discussion about using the word ‘disabled’ in the recent release of Growing Up Disabled in Australia. The editor, Carly Findlay, posted about it on her Facebook page, and on her blog. There have been comments on events for the book,...
Growing Up Disabled in Australia

Growing Up Disabled in Australia

I have an essay in the new collection Growing Up Disabled in Australia, all about what it was like coming to terms with being disabled, and how I’ve grappled with the complexities of the social model of disability. It’s the first personal piece I have...
Accessible communications

Accessible communications

With the move that many workplaces and campaigns are making to using more online tools, such as Zoom, it’s more important than ever that people and organisations do some basic accessibility so that everyone is included. Lots of groups are moving to using video...

The health system revealed at the Disability Royal Commission

The third public hearing of the Disability Royal Commission heard from a wide range of people with disability, advocates, families and academics, who all told of failures in health care that are leading to the deaths of disabled people. The hearing heard directly from...
What’s next for the NDIS?

What’s next for the NDIS?

My latest essay is out on the public health news site, Croakey, looking at the major NDIS changes coming from the Tune Review, but more importantly, whether this will make the NDIS work for disabled people. As part of the research for the essay, I started to think...