“The nature and speed of rolling out the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in the time frames was highly ambitious. While many people with disability have reported excellent experiences, others have expressed frustrations with wait times and complexity of processes.”
A brief excerpt from the 2019 Review of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act, which has just been released.
Ben got up nice and early to have a chat with Barry Nicholls on ABC Radio about disabilities, employment and how the workplace changes due to COVID-19 have shown businesses can be flexible, and we should keep being like that.
Many businesses could increase their potential customer base by up to 10% by becoming more inclusive and user friendly for everyone, including those affected by disability.
It is not difficult to start taking steps to become more inclusive no matter what size business or industry sector.
Using different types of participants with different kinds of knowledge - disability, access and inclusion experience, professional and specialist expertise - in the design process will make a successful inclusive community.
It is about designing with people, not merely for people.
People with physical and mental impairments often receive well-meaning offers of public assistance, but not always in the most positive or helpful way. Sometimes the good intentions of people have unintended consequences.
There’s one golden rule: just ask.
Our lives are in a constant state of change. That’s just what life is about.
Sometimes we know change will happen, while other times it comes suddenly and unexpectedly. Maybe it’s a disappointment, or maybe it’s a wonderful surprise.
Coping with change can sometimes be uncomfortable, stressful or even scary. Some people spend a great deal of time and energy trying to avoid change.
It has been proven scientifically - laughter is good for us.
Laughter strengthens our immune system, boosts mood, diminishes pain, and protects you from the damaging effects of stress.
Nothing works faster or more reliably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh.
Being human can be difficult. We have these things called thoughts and emotions that influence our well-being and our physical and mental health. There is still a common belief that people need to be strong and independent and not to rely on others.
Sometimes it seems like everything that could possibly go wrong, truly does.
As you go through life, you will experience many different ups and downs. Everyone does. In today's world it is easy to assume that everyone else's life is a whole lot better than yours. But no one is immune from experiencing struggles or hardships during their life, or the resulting mental and physical anguish.