“Disability Employment, How can we learn from the NDIS”?
Come along and hear Matthew Wright, CEO, Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO), address these questions, following on from the AGM of Australians for Disability and Diversity Employment (ADDE) Inc.
Meeting Room 4.1
Hayden RaySmith room
Ross House, 4th Floor, 247 Flinders Lane
Melbourne VIC 3000
10.00am* for 10.30am start on Thursday October 16th 2014
Matthew was appointed Chief Executive Officer of AFDO in February 2014 and has over 20 years experience in the disability sector. Before joining AFDO Matthew was Chief Executive Officer of Murray Human Services, and held senior positions with Oakleigh Centre, Able Australia and Scope Victoria. Matthew also worked at National Australia Bank developing the NAB's Disability Action Plan.
Matthew has served on various boards in the disability sector including the Disability Discrimination Legal Service and Senswide Services, and is on the Australian Law Reform Commissions Disability Advisory Committee, the State Trustees Ageing, Disability & Mental Health Committee, and the National Disability Workforce Strategy Committee.
Matthew is a fellow of the Williamson Community Leadership Program with Leadership Victoria, and has a severe hearing loss from birth and identifies as part of the Deaf community.
* Light refreshments available on arrival
RSVP Geoff Crawford by Monday October 13th 2014
Below is a link to an article about gagging of advocacy by government.
The link takes you to the exact page, so just press h for heading until you get to the heading:
Brandis ties NGO funding to non-advocacy
From today, Age Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan will add Disability Discrimination to her portfolio and will focus on improving dignity, respect and equal opportunities for people with disability.
“As I commence my term as Acting Disability Discrimination Commissioner, I want to reinvigorate a national discussion about how we create opportunities for people with disabilities to enter the workplace,” said Commissioner Ryan.
“It is important that we have this discussion at a time when the Government is considering significant changes to the welfare system, including the disability support pension. The only way we can reduce welfare dependency is to address the barriers to paid employment that are faced by people with disabilities,” she said.
“These barriers start from the moment a person leaves their house: is there reliable, accessible transport to get to work? It continues as they reach a workplace: Is the workplace design accessible? Are there flexible workplace practices that can accommodate people’s distinct needs? And it continues on with prevailing attitudes and stereotypes about what people with disabilities are capable (or more commonly, deemed incapable) of achieving.”