ListenIt’s Brain Injury Awareness Week. FPDN is partnering with Synapse and holding a community event in Redfern on Monday 15 August at 1.30pm. The event is being held at the Redfern Community Centre. Please see flyer below. For more information about brain injury have a look here.   flyer-brain-injury-awareness-2016-1
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ListenThe Aboriginal Disability Network NSW (ADNNSW) has merged with First Peoples Disability Network Australia (FPDN), as of July 2016.   We are the Aboriginal Disability Network NSW (ADNNSW) is an FPDN project of and for Aboriginal people with disability living in New South Wales. Our major aims are: empowerment and promotion of the rights of Aboriginal people with disability the creation of a society in which Aboriginal people with disability can fully participate. We bring together Aboriginal people with disability,
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ListenToday is the United Nations International Day of World’s Indigenous People “In Australia an Indigenous child with disability is more likely to matriculate into prison than into tertiary education.  Many Indigenous children are falling through the cracks in the education system because they have a disability that goes unrecognised and is therefore not supported.  To get the best learning outcomes for our kids our education system must be culturally and disability inclusive.” Scott Avery Policy and Research
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Aunty Gayle Rankine at the 2013 Democracy and Human Rights Conference
ListenABC’s 4 Corners program brought national attention to the incarceration and institutionalisation of our young people. The abuse, neglect and torture exposed on 4 Corners is alarming and our thoughts are with the children and their families. Aboriginal people know about long term institutionalisation, we know about despair and we know about justice, or the lack of it. We have heard about the things that go on. We know things go on, but to see
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Listen25 January 2016 First Peoples Disability Network (FPDN) CEO Damian Griffis and Chairperson Aunty Gayle Rankine will give the annual Kevin Cook lecture to open Yabun Festival on Australia Day tomorrow. Yabun Festival is one of the largest celebrations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in the country. Held annually on 26 January on the traditional lands of the Gadigal people at Victoria Park, Camperdown, the festival has a vibrant program of arts, dance,
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ListenTuesday 15 December 2015 Media reports reveal that promised additional funding to support students with disability has been delayed again and will not begin in 2016. Last week Education Ministers discussed disability funding at the Council of Australian Governments education council meeting, but did not refer to it in the communiqu? [COAG Meeting, 11 December 2015]. Data collection on prevalence of disability in Australian schools has been a long-winded process first initiated several years ago.
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ListenTuesday 10 November 2015 The United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) has raised serious concerns about human rights violations against Aboriginal people with disability during its review of Australia’s human rights record overnight in Geneva. The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) allowed member States of the HRC to assess how Australia is tracking against its human rights obligations. The UPR provides a platform for Australian NGOs to update the international community on the human rights situation
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Listen27 August 2015 Today, the Australian Cross Disability Alliance will appear before the Senate Committee inquiring into violence, abuse and neglect against people with disability in institutional and residential settings. The Senate Inquiry process has already revealed many hundreds of horrific stories that testify to the significantly high levels and myriad forms of violence experienced by people with disability in institutional and residential settings. The ‘closed’ nature of these settings, away from public scrutiny, means
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