28 informonline.org.au News Arts Awards Celebrate Excellence An artist and illustrator, the co-founder of one of the country’s only disability led theatre company’s and a passionate theatre maker were all recognised at the National Arts and Disability Awards. AUTU M N EDITIO N Dion Beasley was awarded the Australia Council National Arts and Disability Award (Emerging Artist). Beasley, a 28-year-old Alywarr man is an awardwinning artist and illustrator. Janice Florence was awarded the Australia Council National Arts and Disability Award (Established Artist). Florence is the artistic director and co-founder of Weave Movement Theatre, a company based in Melbourne. She is a pioneer in inclusive dance and physical theatre. Brisbane-based theatre maker Madeleine Little was awarded the Arts Access Australia National Leadership Award. Alongside making theatre, Little is also researching accessible theatre practice at the University of Southern Queensland. The Australia Council for the Arts partnered with Arts Access Australia for the first time last year to present the awards. Inclusive Little Athletics Little Athletics will develop an Australian-wide inclusion program to enable children with disabilities to participate in community-based Little Athletic activities. Funding from the NDIA will allow the organisation to redesign their traditional competitions to ensure children with a disability are not excluded or segregated. An education program is also a part of the project as well as upskilling for centres around the country. Funding for More Effective Care The Council for Intellectual Disability has partnered with the Australian Government to deliver a program aimed at ensuring Australians with an intellectual disability received greater support in the health system. The Primary Care Enhance Program aims to increase the skills and ability of GPs and other allied health professionals to provide effective care for people with intellectual disabilities. Alongside supports and resources for GPs and health professionals to build their capacity to care for people with intellectual disabilities, the Program will also fund health promotion information for people with intellectual disabilities and their families and support networks.
News informonline.org.au 29 Plan to End Barriers to Work People with Disabilities Australia (PWD) have launched a 0 million proposal to help more people with disability find work and stay in work. The proposal calls on the federal government to develop a National Jobs Plan for people with disability that looks at the obstacles and barriers to employment. The proposal also calls for funds to transition people with disabilities out of sheltered workshops and for a national advertising campaign to tackle discrimination in the workplace as well as increased funding for JobAccess. Jeff Smith, CEO of PWD said that the proposal was a ‘down payment in the economic future of people with disability across Australia’. ‘We know that people with disability find that outdated attitudes, a lack of flexibility and accessibility can make getting and keeping a job incredibly hard,’ Mr Smith said. The numbers around people with disability and work are consistently disappointing. Of the people with disability of working age, only 53% are in paid work. This compares to the 82% of non-disabled people of working age in paid work. People with disability face discrimination, a lack of accessibility and flexibility according to PWD. ‘We believe that the measures outlined in our plan will contribute significantly to removing the barriers people with disability face, and make it possible for many people with disability to enter and stay in employment,’ Mr Smith said. Greater Choice and More Flexibility NDIS participants can now enjoy greater flexibility and increased choice accessing transport funding. From March 1, 2020, participants have been able to flexibly use their core support funding to claim provider transport costs associated with transport to and from NDIS funded community-based activities. Minister for the NDIS, Stuart Robert said participants would now have a fairer and more consistent process to cover their transport costs with providers. ‘This change will give participants more autonomy in their plans, and greater choice and control over the services and supports they need,’ Mr Robert said. ‘These changes build on positive momentum in resolving the long-standing issues regarding the interface between the NDIS and transport supports,’ he said. ‘As we deliver our plan for the final 20 per cent of the NDIS we will continue to make considered changes that ensure the sustainability of the scheme while maintaining the core objective of choice and control for participants.’