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A relief for the Kabir family as they are offered permanent residency by The Hon. Minister Scott Morrison and deportation is no longer imminent! The Kabir family were facing deportation due to their son’s disability. Thankfully justice has prevailed due to the support of the Australian public and


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PWDA Election Platform Launch and Disability QandA on Friday 30 August

People with Disability Australia are holding an election and Disability Q&A this Friday 30 August. If you are free this is a great chance to make your voice heard. Please share with friends and family and RSVP if you are able to attend. There is a also a webcast, but you need to register in advance. You can read the original email here: or below:
People with Disability Australia invites you to attend our 2013 Election Platform launch and Disability Q&A withTim Ferguson and special guest panellists Senator Mitch Fifield, Senator Rachel Siewert and Senator the Hon Jan McLucas.
You, your friends, family and colleagues are all welcometo this event. Let’s ensure the voices of people with disabilityare strongly represented during this election period and into the future. Follow the conversation on twitter using hashtag #pwdaqanda
On the Panel
  • Senator Mitch Fifield – Shadow Minister forDisabilities, Carers and the Voluntary Sector and Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate
  • Senator Rachel Siewert – The Australian Greens Spokesperson for Family Community and DisabilityServices
  • Senator the Hon Jan McLucas – Senator for Queensland, Minister for Human Services
  • Joan Hume – Founding and Life Member of Peoplewith Disability Australia; Former Director of PWD; Director of Spinal Cord Injuries Australia and recipient of the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to people with disability
  • Sam Connor – Member of People with DisabilityAustralia; Member of NDIS Expert Committee on Workforce Development and Sector Capacity; and Member of the Ministerial Advisory Council onDisability WA
  • Craig Wallace – President of People With DisabilityAustralia; Deputy Community Co-chair of the NDIS Expert Committee in the ACT; Member of the Leaders for Tomorrow Advisory Group; occasional opinion editorial commentator for ABC Ramp Up and recipient of the Centenary Medal for Services toPeople with a Disability
 Please ensure you RSVP as soon as possible as there are limited places.
At this Q and A – you ask the questions! Please submit your question when you RSVP.
RSVP: Pete Darby, Projects Liaison Officer
Please advise of any access requirements
(Auslan interpreters etc) or dietary requirements.
RSVP: Wednesday 28 August 2013
Where: Mercure Hotel, 818-820 George Street
Haymarket Sydney NSW
When:  5.30pm for a 6pm start – Friday 30 August 2013
The event will be followed by light refreshments.
This forum will be webcast online. If you can’t make it in person, you can still participate. You will need to register in advance for the webcast. Click here to register to access the forum online on the night.

Transport for NSW are seeking 2 participants with intellectual disabilities and who use smart phones for support groups – Tuesday 3 September 2013

I received the below invitation from Transport for NSW seeking 2 participants  with intellectual disabilities and who use smart phones support groups to gain insight into their needs and understand how current information might be improved.

To RSVP contact: 

Ottilie Bick-Simpson

Project Officer, Accessible and Inclusive Transport | Efficiency and Effectiveness
Transport for NSW 

T (02) 8265 7860| Level 4, 18 Lee Street, Chippendale NSW 2008


Transport for NSW is committed to providing as much information to customers as possible to make the use of public transport easier.

Please consider this an initial invitation to attend an Ideas Lab for the Accessibility Apps project.

We would like to get input from support groups and commuters with a disability into their information needs and understand how current information might be improved.

This will take the form of a structured workshop to identify how current information is conveyed by Smartphone, and how it can be improved.

To be eligible you must own a Smartphone and be a frequent user of public transport.

WHEN: 10AM – 4PM Tuesday 3rd September

WHERE: Customer Central, Level 8, Sydney Trains, 477 Pitt St, Sydney

You will be thanked for your time with a voucher to the value of $150 and lunch will be provided.