A Message from the Conference Planning Committee:
It's not long now until we warmly welcome you to the Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference at Melbourne Park and we're excited!
ADDE is presenting a session on Tuesday August 5th 2014 in the River room at 11.30am
"WORKING FOR CHANGE"
Panel session facilitated by Geoff Crawford, Australians for Disability and Diversity Employment (ADDE) Inc.
Panel members include:
- Martin Stewart, Advocate at ADDE
- Robert Pask from Safe Futures Foundation
- Liz Kelly, member on the Disability Services Board and the Victorian Disability Advisory Council
This session will examine the current employment situation for people with disability. Speakers with the lived experience of disability will expand on positive steps to address legal and attitudinal barriers.
The conference website has maps of the venue precinct and room layout and information on how to get there by train, tram, taxi and walking and what you need to know about parking arrangements. Here's the link:
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.”
THE federal government is “open” to negotiating the most controversial element of its budget welfare measures, making young people wait six months for the dole, in a concession that Labor branded an “unravelling”.
Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews told ABC radio yesterday he first wanted to test the strict welfare measure, which would save the budget $1.2 billion if completed in full, in a hostile Senate.
“We’ll see then what the other parties and the independents in the Senate have to say about it,” Andrews said.
“We will see what they say … in NZ everybody faces a one-month delay before they can go on benefits, but that’s a different system to what happens in Australia.
“But my door is open … if the independents or the minor parties want to talk about it, then obviously we will talk about it.”