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HE ACTIVATOR Newsletter of the PDCSA

23A King William Road, Unley, 5061 Phone/Fax: 08-8272-0642 E-mail: pdcsa@chariot.net.au

Issue 3 WINTER- 2nd Edition-2004 ISSN 1443-750

PDCSA GETS AROUND

The Draft Interim Report on PDCSA/APN Options Coordination forums will soon be in the hands of the PDCSA Management Committee.


HC Harrison Consultants were appointed by the PDCSA to conduct these forums. Formal invitations were sent to APN Consumers to attend which were held across the Adelaide Metropolitan, Hills and Southern Fleurieu regions in April & May.


We recognised the difficulty for some people to be able to attend, and the overall the turn-up thus far have been fabulous. We have spoken to 84 consumers, so far!


Each person who managed to get to these forums did a great job of expressing their issues, despite cold weather, waiting on taxis, having large distances to travel and or needing to rearrange attendant care hours.


We were really happy with the commitment from service users/people with a disability to tackle the hard questions; questions that are intrusive; sometimes bring emotions to the fore; questions that some felt vulnerable in answering.


Rural consumers will not miss out; forums in the Riverland, South East, North West and Eyre Peninsular will be happening between August and September.


So if you are registered with APN Options, when you get your invitation do your best to come along and have your say!

The interim report will be available for members to read in the next month.


It needs to go to the Management Committee first for viewing and feedback.

As a collaborative effort between APN Options Co-ordination and PDCSA, the project has been a real winner, and our thanks go to everyone who participated.

Trevor Harrison-Jill Fowler

HCHarrison Consultants

^ KEEP WATCHING THIS SPACE FOR MORE INFORMATION!

WHAT ARE UNMET NEEDS?

Unmet Needs affects most people with disabilities. Over the last ten years there has been a change in Government policy here in South Australia.

Governments decided to close institutions and encourage people with disabilities to be more active in the community. At least that is what the policy is meant to be.

To do this, the South Australian Government set up Options Co-ordination to provide support, services and equipment to people with disabilities.

Options were supposed to fund and assist people find support workers for the daily activities that most able-bodied take for granted. Things like – getting out of bed, having a shower, dressing, going to the toilet, eating, moving about.

Options were also supposed to assist people get the equipment they need through ILEP – wheelchairs, cushions, grab rails, taps etc.

So what is are Unmet Needs? Unmet Needs are when Options and ILEP are not providing people with the support they need.

Unmet Needs can mean people are getting no services or equipment at all or it can also mean people are not getting enough services or equipment.

^ Why do Unmet Needs happen?

This is easy to answer – basically there is not enough money. Well, it isn’t that there isn’t enough money (after all there always seems to be enough for politicians overseas trips!), just that Options and ILEP aren’t getting enough.


And that means people with disabilities aren’t getting the basic things they need.


So what can we do?

Fixing Unmet Needs is all about priorities. Is it important enough? Sure it is if you can’t go to the toilet, can’t eat or have a shower.


It’s important enough if your wheelchair keeps breaking down and you can’t get another one for eighteen months or your bum is always sore because you can’t get a new cushion.


It’s certainly important enough if you have to rely on your six-year-old child to provide personal care! So how do we get the Government to agree that it is important enough?


It is time that everyone – people with disabilities, families and friends – started making more of a fuss! This is a major problem and it is only going to get worse unless we do something about it.


Talk about your Unmet Need to APN Options Coordination, to advocacy organisations, to the Minister for Disability Services, to the Treasurer and to your local State member of parliament.


They all need to know that this is important for the whole community!


If you want to talk to an advocate about Unmet Need you can phone David Rigney at Disability Advocacy and Complaints Service on phone 8234 5699 – he can assist you in raising the issues with APN Options and the Government. Complaints can also be lodged: APN Options Phone 8366 7333

Disability Action Phone 8346 8288.

^ DISABILITY RIGHTS UPDATE MENTAL HEALTH COMMUNITY CONSULTATIONS

The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) and the Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA) are holding open mental health community forums in each State and Territory as part of national research into the human rights of people with a mental illness.


Dr Sev Ozdowski OAM, Acting Disability Discrimination Commissioner (HREOC),

Mr Keith Wilson, Chair (MHCA), Dr Grace Groom, CEO (MHCA) and Prof Ian

Hickie, Director (Brain and Mind Research Institute) will speak at the meetings.


The primary objective of these forums is to encourage an open discussion where people can share their stories, experiences and thoughts about mental health service delivery.


The results of this research will allow HREOC and the MHCA to review progress made since the "Burdekin Report" in 1993.

The following SA Venues are open to all members of the public [free of charge].
Adelaide

Friday, 16 July 2004-9.30am - 11.30am

Fullarton Park Centre

411 Fullarton Road,

Fullarton SA

(Hearing Loop and Auslan Interpreters available)
Murray Bridge

Friday, 16 July 2004

2.00pm - 4.00pm

Committee Room

City Council Chambers

2 Seventh Street

Murray Bridge SA (Hearing Loop and Auslan Interpreters available)

It is anticipated that community forums will also take place in Tasmania, Northern Territory, the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria during August and September 2004.

For more information please contact:

Gabrielle Crowe, Communications Manager (MHCA) on phone: (02) 6285 3100 or

Email: gabriellecrowe@mhca.com.au

^ DISABILITY – BIG BUDGET LOSER

The 2004 Budget offers plenty of assistance for people already in the workforce and earning high incomes - but nothing to assist people with disabilities to move out of poverty into open employment, or out of aged care nursing homes into more suitable accommodation.


Australian Democrats spokesperson for Family & Community Services and Disability, Senator Brian Greig, says the Budget is heavily weighted in favour of high income, working families to the detriment of single parent families and people with a disability.


"People with a disability missed out on the $300 lump payment in the last pre-election budget and now miss out again on any lump sum payments. The Government has offered lump sum one-off payments of $600 to families, $1000 to carers, $3500 to aged care facilities for residents, but nothing to those with a disability," Senator Greig said.


"In spite of an injection of $2.2 billion into aged care, there is nothing for young people with disabilities trapped in nursing homes, often for years, with low levels of rehabilitative support.


"People with a disability have the same needs as other low income Australians. But, they do not qualify for the tax cuts; few will have the opportunity to contribute to Superannuation and they will therefore not benefit from the Government's co-contribution incentives."


Senator Greig says it appears that this section of Australian society is being made to 'pay' for the Senate's understandable decision last year to reject the severe cuts to disability support pensions that were proposed by the Government.


The Democrats are again calling on the Government to recognise the cost of disability, pay tiered income support and at least provide a one-off payment from this year's generous surplus.

Source: - Democrats Media Release

^ BUDGET MUST RESCUE YOUNG PEOPLE FROM

NURSING HOMES

The Democrats are today calling on the Government to ensure sensible funding provisions in the Budget to provide suitable accommodation for the six thousand young people currently housed in old aged nursing homes.


Australian Democrats Disability spokesperson, Senator Brian Greig, says providing proper accommodation for young people with disabilities would automatically free up beds in nursing homes while at the same time alleviating the problems of old-aged people permanently occupying hospital beds.


"The needs of young people and people with disabilities are very different to older and frail Australians, in terms of physiotherapy, occupational therapy and stimulating activities.


"Once a young person is committed to living in aged care facilities, that's the end of any specific care or physiotherapy," Senator Greig said. "Young people in nursing homes are kept in a 'holding pattern' of care, sometimes for many, many years."


Senator Greig says young people, caught between the federal aged care system and State disability services are entitled to action under the Commonwealth-State/Territory Disability Agreement (CSTDA).


"The Government promised strategies in the CSTDA to address this issue, and now that all bilateral agreements have been signed, there is no longer any excuse for procrastination," Senator Greig said.


Source: Media Contact (02) 6277 3338

^ ONE-OFF PAYMENT DOES LITTLE TO SOOTHE CARERS WORRIES

Ever since she was five years old Maggie Malak has helped take care of her mother after she suffered a spinal injury and was confined to a wheelchair.


Now 16, Maggie is part of a hidden tribe of young carers that have been acknowledged by the Federal Government in this week's budget.


But Maggie is not overly impressed with the Government's promised largesse. There is a one-off $1000 payment in June to all people who receive the Carer Payment, and notice of plans to provide young carers at risk of leaving school with more respite services.


"The $1000 would be a help," Maggie said. "But it's one-off, and then we go back to how it was." Her mother, Sara Trad, 40, was more blunt: "He's had four years to change things," she said of the Prime Minister, John Howard, "and in an election year he's trying to buy our votes."


Ms Trad, a sole parent, voted for the Coalition last election. But she is embittered by the Government's attempts to move people off the Disability Support Pension without doing more to ensure employers will hire people with disabilities.


Maggie and her older sister Angie, 19, do the housework, the cooking, stay up late when their mother is in pain, and take her to the doctor. It takes a toll on Maggie, a year 11 student at Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College. She says the school is understanding of her absences and late assignments, and she is determined to complete school.


But she has concerns about the Federal Government's promise to young carers of regular in-home respite services. Under the plan - to be negotiated with state governments - school students would qualify for up to five hours of respite each school week, and one fortnight a year.

Maggie is worried about losing the Carer Payment if she doesn't spend enough time at home. The $215-a-week payment, targeted to low-income earners, stipulates carers can take no more than 20 hours off a week for education. "It worries me all the time that I could lose the payment if I spend too much time at school," Maggie said. "Then how would we survive?"


The president of Carers' Australia, Louise Gilmore, said the body had not lobbied for one-off payments

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald. © 2004


^ BLOCK PAYMENT

TO CARERS

Both the Government and Labor today refused to support a Democrats' amendment, which would have ensured all carers, receive the $1,000 promised to them in the Budget.

The Family Assistance Legislation, which provides $1000 to some carers, passed the Senate today.

Australian Democrats Family and Community Services spokesperson, Senator Brian Greig, say despite spending countless hours every day caring for a person, many carers will miss out on the $1,000 one-off payment given to carers in the Budget.


"This is because only those receiving Carer Payment as at 11 May will receive the one-off budget bonus of $1,000," Senator Greig said.

Many age pensioners, disability support pensioners and sole parents provide full time care for elderly partners, elderly parents or children with a disability. These people are Australia's 'silent army' of carers but they will miss out on the $1,000 bonus.


Many people have been told by Centrelink that there is no advantage to them claiming carer payments because it involves the same rate and income test as the other age or disability support pensions they are already receiving. It is also known that Centrelink has been transferring people off carer payment on to age pension when they reach the age of 65.


"This is a sad day for carers who will miss out on the Budget bonus. Carers are dedicated, hard working and save the Government millions of dollars in caring for elderly Australians and those with a disability. It is simply not fair that the Government has decided only some carers will receive the full $1000 bonus and others will not," Senator Greig said.

Source: Democrats Media Release. © 2004

OBITUARY


The Disability Movement has lost another advocate

^ Mr Richard Llewellyn

Our sincere condolences to Mrs Becky Llewellyn and family

Richard died peacefully and a funeral service celebrating his life took place at the Centennial Park Crematorium, Pasadena in the Heysen Pavilion on the 29th May 2004


RIP

^ INAUGURAL BOARD MEETING OF THE AUSTRALIAN FEDERATION OF DISABILITY ORGANISATIONS

[This informative article was omitted in our last issue of the Activator]

The inaugural Board Meeting of the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations recently held in Canberra, Australia.


The aim of the Federation is to champion the rights of people with disability in Australia and help them to participate fully in community life.

Maurice Corcoran was elected as the first Chairperson of the Board and will be supported by three Deputy Chairpersons Diana Qian, Robert Altamore and Roy McAlpine as well as Treasurer Kyle Miers.


“The diversity, skills and experience that exists on the Board is fantastic and will serve the Federation very well. There is a terrific range of age, disability, gender and ethnicity that provides a solid foundation for the Federation to draw from,” Mr. Corcoran said today.


The founding members and their organisations are:


Kyle Mier - Australian Association of the Deaf; Robert Altamore - Blind Citizens Australia, Maria McGrath - Brain Injury Association, Ruth Fotheringham - Deafness Forum Australia, Roy McAlpine - National Council on Intellectual Disability, Diana Qian - National Ethnic Disability Alliance, Ros Sackley - National Indigenous Disability Network, Maurice Corcoran - Physical Disability Council of Australia; and Samantha Jenkinson - Women with Disabilities Australia. 


The Federation is unique because it is the first cross-disability national body in Australia whose Constitution specifies that all its Directors and staff must be people with disability.


“It is this very factor that is the source of the Federation’s legitimacy because for the first time there is a national peak that is for people with disability that will be run by people with disability” Mr. Corcoran said.


For too long people with disability have been forced to accept representation on their behalf by people with no personal experience of disability.


The Federation is now in the process of hiring a Chief Executive Officer and Directors. In the meantime, information about the Federation and its on-going development will be distributed via regular communiqués and will also be available at www.disfed.org.au

^ DISABILITY FEDERATION APPOINTS A CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

The Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) Board of Directors is very pleased to announce the appointment of its first Chief Executive Officer (CEO) following a national recruitment strategy.


Ms. Maryanne Diamond who is a person with a disability and previously the Executive Officer of Blind Citizens Australia has won the position from a very strong field of applicants.


“I am pleased with the Board’s choice for this position. Maryanne comes to the Federation with a strong administrative and policy background and these skills will be crucial in the early stages of the Federation” Mr. Maurice Corcoran, AFDO Chairperson said today. Maryanne will be taking up the position at the end of July and is looking forward to this new challenge.


"I'm really looking forward to bringing together our leadership team and our founding member organisations to develop our strategic directions which will become the foundation of our future development" Maryanne said today.


"I am aware of the many expectations that both the Government and the community have in regards to the Federation. I believe that open and engaging communication strategies will be crucial in ensuring that the Federation engages meaningfully with all areas of the disability sector" she added.


One of the first tasks for the Federation’s new CEO will be to set up the Federation’s secretariat in Melbourne where Maryanne lives.

In the meantime, the National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) will continue to operate as the Federation’s interim secretariat.

FACT

People with physical disabilities are subjected to longer taxi delays than people without disabilities


People living in rural areas and in outer suburbs are even more disadvantaged

^ WHO ARE THE PHYSICAL DISABILITY COUNCIL?

PDCSA is linked to a network of Physical Disability Council's (PDC) in each State and Territory in Australia and represents people with physical disabilities on issues, which affect us both locally and nationally.


Our Aim


To promote equal opportunities for people with a physical disability by providing a representative voice.

Our Vision

That the needs of people with a physical disability will be met in all South Australian Government legislation, policies, services and programs and in all areas of the private sector and the community of South Australia enabling full participation

^ GOODBYE - JEFF AND RICHARD

A feeling of loss weighs greatly on me as we in South Australia have lost two prominent figures in the disability field.


There were two funerals within a few months.


The first person to greatly influence my life was Jeff Heath.


My memory catapults back to a classroom full of us where the boys would spring into action the minute our teacher left the room, hurling bits of paper at each other using the ends of their rulers as spring boards until…. CLOP! CLOP! CLOP!


Footsteps warned us of her approach.

‘SSSHHH! Here comes Mrs Jones!’


Jeff was one of the rascals, his angelic boyish face turning toward the blackboard and doing his schoolwork.


As years passed Jeff took me to folk clubs and other events. We were friends and I learned a lot from him about how to become a disability activist. He didn’t tell me how, I just watched and learned.


Richard Llewellyn was the other person who was a major influence in my life. I first met Richard at a club where a group of us with physical disabilities met regularly.


My first impression of Richard when I met him was how his presence filled the room and when he spoke, albeit with a quiet clear tone, his ability to take command of an issue was great.


I remember telling him how much I hated living in an institution and him telling me to do something about it. I would like to offer my condolences to Becky Llewellyn and Yvonne Bailey, Jeff’s partner.

Cathy Nirta

^ WE NEED PEOPLE WITH PHYSICAL DISABILITIES INTERESTED IN BRINGING ABOUT POSITIVE CHANGES

Are you a person who enjoys going out but finding life restricted because you can’t get into front doors of restaurants or can’t use their loos?


This is only one issue tackled by PDCSA.

We at PDCSA are looking for highly motivated people with physical disabilities to join our committee to share the load to activate positive changes.


If you want to know more about joining the PDCSA committee you can ring 8272 0642 or

You can apply by writing to: Physical Disability Council 23A King William Road UNLEY SA 5061 or email: pdcsa@chariot.net.au


Did you know that the restaurants featured on television recently ‘My Restaurant Rules’, had no wheelchair accessible toilet? The toilets were upstairs.


So you see folks, disability access needs to remain on the agenda and we need some new recruitment in PDCSA to assist with our work.

Cathy Nirta

^ GRANT TO DISABILITY SECTOR FOR CONSULTATION ON UN CONVENTION

The Attorney General, Philip Ruddock, today announced a grant of $50,000 for disability sector consultations on the proposed United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.


The government’s funding will enable People with Disability Australia Inc to conduct the consultations in close cooperation with the Australian Federation of Disability

Organisations and the National Association of Community Legal Centres.


“The consultations will take place in July and will enable the disability sector to discuss views on the proposals for a convention,” Mr Ruddock said.


“They will be broad based and include a wide variety of people with disabilities and representative organisations throughout Australia.”


A United Nations Ad Hoc Committee is currently negotiating the text of the convention.


An Australian delegation of representatives of the Government, disability sector and the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission recently attended the third session of the Ad Hoc Committee.


The delegation is now preparing for attendance at the 4th session to be held in New York in August 2004.


“The Government is committed to ensuring that a convention resulting from this process reflects the views and genuinely protects the rights and advances the circumstances of people with disabilities,” Mr Ruddock said.


Contact - Disability Action on 8346-8288 for further details

^ CALL FOR THE PARTIES TO TAKE CARE OF CHILD AND HOME CARE SERVICES

Parents and people with disabilities voiced their concern over funding shortages and lack of child-care and home care services today at a media conference in the marginal federal electorate of Moreton, Brisbane.


Services First – an alliance of doctors, teachers and community workers called on political parties to promise more funds to services rather than more tax cuts.


“This week, high income earners receive $21 a week in tax cuts most of them don’t really need. Parents and people with disabilities are still waiting for the caring services they desperately need.


One in 17 Australians has a severe disability and needs help with self-care, mobility and communication. Child care services are used by 788,000 children (or a quarter of all children aged 0-11),” Services First spokesperson Sue Ham said.


The average cost of a place in a child care-centre has risen by 25% in the last 2 years. Even with the Child Care Benefit a family on $45,000 using 25 hours of centre based care for two kids still has to pay an average of $100 a week.


157,000 people with a severe disability have an unmet need for help from a community service with self-care, mobility or communication, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.


The Institute conservatively estimated an extra 12,500 accommodation and respite care places were needed by people with severe disabilities in 2001.


Over 6000 Australians under 65 live in nursing homes and hostels because more appropriate care is not available to them.


The Federal Government has committed an extra $25 million a year under the latest Commonwealth State and Territory Disability Agreement but this is a drop in the ocean of need and far less than the $100 million in ‘growth funds’ supplied under the previous agreement.


FACT

People with disabilities live with the consequences of social exclusion every day of their lives and in all aspects of their lives.


^ CEREBRAL PALSY AWARENESS WEEK

The SCOSA team is hosting two events during Cerebral Palsy Awareness Week

16 - 22 August 2004


The first is "Planning your Will" an information night - Wednesday 18thAugust at 7.00pm - in the James A Nelson Hall here at 98 Woodville Road, Woodville.


A representative from Tower Trust will give an update on options to consider when making a Will. This will be of interest to all and is open to the general public. It is free of charge and a light supper will be served.


The second is "Will Maintenance Trusts" - setting up a special Fund where capital income can be used for the benefit of a person with special needs -Friday 20 August at 2.00pm - in the James A Nelson Hall, 98 Woodville Road

Woodville


Again a representative from Tower Trust will be the guest speaker.


This meeting will be of interest not only to parents/siblings of our clients, but any members of the general public who wish to consider this option. It is free of charge and a light afternoon tea will be served.


Making a will is most important and something we all need to consider – So come along and bring family & friends!!


Bookings essential for both events. Phone Helen on 8243 5096


^ PDCSA MEMBERS


DO YOU HAVE AN EMAIL ADDRESS TO HAVE YOUR ‘ACTIVATOR’ NEWSLETTERS SENT BY EMAIL


SEND YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS TO:

pdcsa@chariot.net.au


FACT

People with disabilities are members of a social minority in Australia that is economically, culturally, politically and socially disadvantaged by systemic failures and inadequacies, including institutional and

individual discrimination.


^ LABOR RULES OUT SUPPORT FOR DISABILITY PENSION CHANGES

Federal Opposition Finance spokesman Bob McMullan has ruled out support for the Government's proposed changes to the disability support pension.


Labor backbencher Roger Price says after the backdown on subsidised medicine, the party should also reconsider other Government bills that are stalled in the Senate, including stricter requirements for the disability pension.


But Mr McMullan says Labor will not be changing its mind on that.


And he has ruled out apologising for Labor's decision to support a 30 per cent increase in the cost of medicines when it had previously said it never would.


"I'm not making an apology I am acknowledging we made a really tough decision here yesterday," he said.


Source: ABC News © 23rd June 2004


^ VOLUNTEER REQUIRED


PDCSA OFFICE

Data processing/ Filing/General office duties

Monday 9.30am-2.00pm

[Or]

Tuesday 9.30am-2.00pm

Experienced person preferred

CONTACT: GUS

08-82720642 –Office

Email: pdcsa@chariot.net.au


^ OWNERS NOT LIABLE FOR POOL ACCIDENT

A man who was left a paraplegic after he dived into a backyard pool during a New Year's Eve party has lost his $2 million case against the owners of the house.


Shannon Jeffery, 35, sued the parents of his girlfriend and her brother. He had said the brother chased him, forcing him to dive into the pool. He fractured his spine as a result of the accident at Harrington Street, Rooty Hill, eight years ago and was left wheelchair-bound.


Mr Jeffery, who had drunk six stubbies of beer in 3 hours that night, said the pool was dirty and dimly lit.


He alleged that the owners of the house failed to control horseplay at the party, he alleged, and were particularly negligent in not controlling Mrs Bailey's son, Dean Lye.


But in handing down his judgement in the NSW Supreme Court yesterday, Justice John Dowd said the law did not require the "constant supervision of adults" at a domestic pool.


It was a New Year's Eve party, not a pool party, Justice Dowd said, and Mr and Mrs Bailey had been inside the house at the time of the accident.


Mr Jeffery had visited the house regularly in the month before the accident to see his girlfriend, Nicole Lye, Mrs Bailey's daughter, and would have been familiar with the layout of the pool, although he said he had never swum in it, Justice Dowd said.


The parties had agreed on $2 million as the amount of damages to be paid if Mr Jeffery was successful and had agreed it would not be reduced by contributory negligence, which left the issue of liability.


A Law Society of NSW councillor, Hugh Macken, said that although, as a general rule, people who invited others into their home owed them a duty of care, the court had taken a "commonsense approach".

.Sydney Morning Herald July 7, 2004



^ YOUR PDCSA MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE 2003/04


President: Maurice Corcoran

Vice President: Glenda Lee

Secretary/Treasurer: Gus Raddock

Committee:

Cathy Nirta, Julie Anne McBride, Tracy Rice, Helen Bolger, Margie Charlesworth and Lorna Roberts

PDCSA Management committee meet monthly every 2nd Friday at the DIRC, 195 Gilles Street, Adelaide at 2.00pm.


^ WOULD YOU LIKE TO SERVE ON OUR COMMITTEE?


CONTACT US




POLITICAL MEDICINE CURES FEW ILLS

People with disabilities across Australia are disappointed and angered at the lack of compassion from firstly the government and secondly the ALP in supporting up to 30% increases to the cost of medicines in Australia.


For years the disability sector has been impressing upon governments, the increased costs of having a disability and this week we see a political football passed from one side to another that simply adds to these costs.


We have seen steady increases in the costs of medicines, doctors fees, transport, housing, heating, cooling, food, and in more recent times the GST with no thought or compensation for those who have the greatest need.


With the decline in bulk billing and the increased costs of medicines with or without a PBS subsidy, people with disabilities will be unable to afford to see doctors or fill prescriptions.

This will result in an even greater pull on the government purse strings because more and more people will need to be hospitalised in public facilities in order to receive much needed treatment.


If there are additional health conditions during this time, this is an added cost.


PDCA calls on all political parties to put away their need for votes in the coming Federal Election and start acting more responsibly to those with the greatest needs.


Physical Disability Council of Australia Media Release © 2004

^ LATE BREAKING - LOCAL NEWS

A SERCO driver who refused to allow a passenger in a wheelchair on a bus is facing the sack.


The passenger complained to the company after a driver refused to lower a ramp so she could board a designated 'disabled' bus at the Salisbury Interchange.


She says he also drove erratically, and refused to let her off at her stop.


SERCO officials have interviewed both Ms Brooks and the driver and he's to face a formal disciplinary hearing.


If found guilty, he could be dismissed.

^ LETTERS TO THE

EDITOR


Members are invited to contribute to this forum; indeed we insist that you do


We will publish anything for you as long as it’s legal

POLITICAL REPRESENTATION FOR FAMILIES/CARERS

 Website is now available.

http://www.peoplepower.org.au

 

Dell Stagg is an Adelaide parent who cares for her 39-year-old daughter with various disabilities at home. A friendly Commonwealth bureaucrat advised Dell in 1991 that people like her would never get anywhere unless they organized politically. Thirteen years later, when Dell's domestic life has finally reached some stability, Dell is getting round to it.

Dell is a Steering Committee member of People Power.

 

Deirdre Croft of the WA Developmental Disability Council has written an excellent discussion starter on The Future of Care in Australia.


It is posted in our discussion forum for members. You will need a username and password to participate in the forum, which will be sent to you on returning the membership form (there is no cost) available from the website.

 

People Power is a new movement aiming to empower people who have become invisible in our political system. 

Email: info@peoplepower.org.au


JOKE

^

Are the pilots flying blind?

One day at a busy airport, the passengers on a commercial airliner are seated waiting for the pilot to show up so they can get under way.

The pilot and co-pilot finally appear in the rear of the plane and begin walking up to the cockpit through the centre aisle. Both appear to be blind; the pilot is using a white cane, bumping into passengers right and left as he stumbles down the aisle. The co-pilot is using a guide dog. Both have their eyes covered with sunglasses.

At first, the passengers do not react thinking that it must be some sort of practical joke. After a few minutes though, the engines start revving, and the airplane begins moving down the runway.

The passengers look at each other with some uneasiness. They start whispering among themselves and look desperately to the stewardesses for reassurance.

Yet, the plane starts accelerating rapidly, and people begin panicking. Some passengers are praying, and as the plane gets closer and closer to the end of the runway, the voices are becoming more and more hysterical.

When the plane has less than twenty feet of runway left, there is a sudden change in the pitch of the shouts as everyone screams at once. At the very last moment, the plane lifts off and is air borne.

Up in the cockpit, the co-pilot breathes a sigh of relief and tells the pilot: "You know, one of these days the passengers aren't going to scream, and we aren't going to know when to take off!"


^ DO YOU HAVE PROBLEMS WITH ACCESS IN THE CITY OF ADELAIDE?


The PDCSA is compiling a list of places difficult to access by people with disabilities the City of Adelaide.


If you are aware of these areas, please drop us a line, email pdcsa@chariot.net.au or fax 8272-0642


^ PRE-OLYMPIC CONGRESS EXPECTS RECORD PARTICIPATION

From 6 to 11 August 2004, internationally recognized representatives of sport and sport science will come together in Thessaloniki, Greece, for the 2004 Pre-Olympic Congress. Organized every four years, prior to the Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games, the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE) expects a new record in participation at the largest International multidisciplinary sport congress under the patronage of the IOC and UNESCO. Scientists from around 60 countries have submitted 1500 abstracts, from which the scientific committee has chosen 800 posters and 500 presentations.


For the first time a large participation of Chinese experts is expected, which will create opportunities for future scientific co-operation between the organizers of the Beijing 2008 Olympics and Paralympics and research centres around the world.


For further information and registration details please visit

www.preolympic2004.com or www.icsspe.org.


IMPORTANT


^ JOINT WORKSHOP ANNOUNCEMENT!


PDCSA & SOUTH AUSTRALIA EQUAL OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION


A WORKSHOP TO ASSIST PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IN GRIEVANCE AND COMPLAINTS PROCEDURES


Venue: DIRC Office 125 Gilles Street, Adelaide


Date: TO BE CONFIRMED

Time: TO BE CONFIRMED


PDCSA members wishing to participate in this workshop please contact


Lorna Roberts


Phone/fax: 08-8272-0642 or email: pdcsa@chariot.net.au



^ PHYSICAL DISABILITY COUNCIL OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA


MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION
FORM


[Mr/Ms/Mrs]________________________


Address___________________________


_________________________________


Postcode ________________


Phone [H]___________[W]____________


Fax ______________________________


Email_____________________________


Date of Birth ____________________


Type of Disability_______________


Please indicate any areas of interest you would like to be actively involved (tick below)*


Newsletter__Recreation__Accommodation__

Education __Support Services __Access__

Respite __Transport __Health Care__

Membership __ PDCSA Committee__

Volunteer at Office __

Other __________________________


I consent to my contact details being passed on to the PDC of Australia so that I can receive information and newsletter


If successful with this application for membership I agree to abide by the constitution of the PDCSA Inc and the objectives of the Council.


Signature________________________

Date ____________________________


^ PLEASE POST OR FAX THIS FORM TO: PDCSA 23A KING WILLIAM ROAD

UNLEY 5061





FIJI CHARITY ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA INC.

Box 7, Highgate, SA5063


We are appealing for donations of wheelchairs commodes, lifters, adjustable height beds, mattresses or other medical aids/equipment for shipment to needy hospitals and institutions in Fiji




Earlier shipment of beds donated by Julia Farr Centre



Recipients in Fiji with donated equipment from FCASA


CONTACT:


Gus Raddock: 8326-5667 or

Email: graddock@picknowl.com.au


Bridgid Medder: 8278-5130 or

Email: med@arcom.com.au


We also welcome donations [crossed or bank cheques only] to cover our container costs.

NB: A container to Fiji costs $2500.00 from Adelaide


^ MARCH FOR YOUR FUTURE!


DO YOU HAVE AN INTEREST IN DISABILITY? DO YOU HAVE A DISABILITY?


TAKE TO THE STREETS


JOIN PARENTS WITH CHILDREN WITH A DISABILITY WHO ARE HAVING A RALLY TO CALL FOR MORE FUNDING AND IMPROVEMENTS TO SERVICES.


^ ALL PEOPLE WITH A DISABILITY THEIR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS NEED TO WORK TOGETHER AND BE UNITED


WE NEED TO SHOW GOVERNMENT WE CAN’T BE DIVIDED


WE NEED TO SHOW GOVERNMENT WE WON’T BE FOBBED OFF


YOUNG PEOPLE WITH DISABIITY ARE BEING INAPPROPRIATELY PLACED IN NURSING HOMES


^ YOUNG PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES HAVE NO POST SCHOOL OPTIONS

It’s time we showed government there is inadequate funding and we will not stop lobbying, advocating and making a noise until they provide funding now and into the future!


Time: 11.30AM for 12.00AM at Victoria Square to walk to Parliament house at approximately I.00PM


Bring your family and friends and anyone who believes in valuing people with disabilities. We aren’t dead yet!


If you are able to get there please call Donna or Mary-Ann at Parent Advocacy on 8397 7309 and let them know!


Disclaimer

Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure facts reported in this newsletter are accurate, and opinions expressed well founded. PDCSA welcomes all feedback on this newsletter and letters to the editor should be sent to Gus Raddock or Cathy Nirta, PDCSA, 23A King William Road, Unley. SA. Ph: 8272 0642.





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