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3D printing solved Matty's deodorant problem and brought two friends together. Lily wishes able-bodied people knew the truth about how she thinks of her wheelchair. Lily knows how many people in the able-bodied world view people who use wheelchairs.

Lily wishes able-bodied people knew the truth about how she thinks of her wheelchair

It's there in the countless stares she experiences whenever she ventures out into her regional New South Wales town, and in every averted gaze. There's one day, in particular, Lily remembers feeling more of these looks than any other: her first day of Year 7. She didn't know anyone. Instead of the 80 or so students she was used to sharing her former primary school with, there were about 900 other pupils to contend with. When the 18-year-old Yuin-Jerrinja woman rolled into the first school assembly, everyone turned and stared at her.

For Lily, the stares were more than just curious glances. Fashion industry joins with not-for-profit organisation Avenue to help those with disabilities get jobs. Stephanie Trinh-Tran has faced more obstacles than most in following her dream to work in the fashion industry.

Fashion industry joins with not-for-profit organisation Avenue to help those with disabilities get jobs

Key points: Queensland Public Trustee denies making profit from clients, despite report criticising high fees and charges. People on disability support and aged care pensions with assets will continue to be charged up to 40 per cent of their low incomes for financial administration services by the Public Trustee of Queensland, despite a report criticising the practice.

Queensland Public Trustee denies making profit from clients, despite report criticising high fees and charges

Key points: The Public Trustee says a review on fees and charges is already underway but would not be completed for at least six monthsThe government has not yet set a timeframe for when a board to oversee the Public Trustee will happenThe opposition is calling for an independent audit of the Public Trustee Queensland Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman tabled the Public Advocate's report into the Public Trustee in state parliament earlier this month. It documented high fees for asset-rich pensioners, fees for no service and charging multiple sets of fees on managing the same funds, like superannuation. In response, the state government announced that a board would oversee the Public Trustee.

Starting a successful small business as someone living with a disability. It wasn't just Kyal Fairbairn's love of coffee that led to him becoming a passionate coffee cart operator.

Starting a successful small business as someone living with a disability

Key points: More two million Australians of working age have a disabilityOf those, less than half have a jobLess than one in five run their own business He turned to running his own business after tiring of being treated unfairly in the workplace because of his intellectual disability. "From the beginning, starting up and running my own business was not going to be a simple task," Mr Fairbairn said. Micro-town gives people with cognitive impairment, dementia independence and social engagement.

A small community in Bellmere, just north of Brisbane, is turning the traditional aged care model on its head, providing a sense of independence, engagement and normalcy to its 120 residents, many of whom live with cognitive impairment such as dementia.

Micro-town gives people with cognitive impairment, dementia independence and social engagement

The micro-town has all the facilities you might expect: a cinema, corner store, cafe, beauty salon, GP, dentist and even a town centre. NDIS architect Bruce Bonyhady urges rethink of independent assessments. An architect of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) wants the federal government to scrap its overhaul of eligibility testing for the program, saying the changes have spread fear and stress among Australians with disabilities.

NDIS architect Bruce Bonyhady urges rethink of independent assessments

Key points: Under the changes, applicants to the scheme will be examined by private contractorsProfessor Bonyhady fears assessors will not have the time or the tools to understand people's needsThe Minister for the NDIS, Stuart Robert, says the changes are consistent with the original design of the scheme Former National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) chairman Bruce Bonyhady says the government needs to "go back to the drawing board", describing as "robo-planning" the new independent assessment model being introduced this year. "It is therefore disturbing that the NDIA intends to replace the current planning process with an almost total reliance on independent assessments. " "Regrettably, independent assessment is totally inconsistent with this vision. " I was perfect for the job, but I couldn't even get into the building. Here's why. Imagine you're on your way to a job interview.

I was perfect for the job, but I couldn't even get into the building. Here's why

You've already been told by your potential employer that your resumé is the best they have ever seen. The employer has every intention of giving you the job. The interview is just a formality. But, when you arrive for the interview, you find yourself unable to enter the building. Because of this, no matter how perfect you are for the position, you won't get the job. Disability organisations rally against proposal to introduce independent assessments. More than 20 disability organisations have called on the federal government to abandon a plan which they say will force people to explain their support needs to a stranger in less than three hours, or risk losing their NDIS funding.

Disability organisations rally against proposal to introduce independent assessments

Key points: Disability organisations say a proposal to introduce independent assessments is about "box-ticking" and cost cuttingNDIS funding plans are currently determined by reports from medical professionals and specialistsThe government has rejected the notion that there has been no consultation on the reform Draft legislation on the proposal to introduce independent assessments is due to be released shortly, with the reforms to come into effect in the middle of this year.

All current National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants will need to undergo independent assessments of their disability, as well as anyone wanting to access the scheme. Researchers return to find out fate of children involved in landmark FASD study. Ten years after a groundbreaking study revealed record-high rates of FASD in outback Australia, researchers have returned to the Kimberley to see how the children are coping in adulthood.

Researchers return to find out fate of children involved in landmark FASD study

Key points: A 2009 study was one of the first in Australia to provide firm figures around the rates of children impaired by their mother's drinking during pregnancyThere are concerns support is still limited for families living with FASD in regional and remote areasThe 10-year follow-up study will look at the long-term impacts of FASD, and gaps in services and supports In 2009, a generation of young children in the Fitzroy Valley communities were assessed for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). It was found one in eight children had physical and mental impairments linked to their mother's alcohol consumption during pregnancy — one of the highest rates recorded among the handful of studies that have been done.

Health concerns. Seven-year-old Fletcher was born with an ultra-rare disease, BBSOAS, and finally got a diagnosis this month. Ever since seven-year-old Fletcher Halpin was born, his family has been searching for a diagnosis to explain his rare combination of symptoms.

Seven-year-old Fletcher was born with an ultra-rare disease, BBSOAS, and finally got a diagnosis this month

Key points: Fletcher's family has been seeking an explanation for his symptoms for yearsHe has a disease only 54 others in the world are known to haveA genetic test recently funded through Medicare enabled the diagnosis He has a visual impairment, developmental delay, a mild intellectual disability and an intense love of music. The answer came just a fortnight ago. From jail to in-demand speaker: The disability royal commission hears Justen's story. A First Nations man with cognitive disability has told a public inquiry his criminal record is like a "life sentence" that makes it hard to break the cycle of crime and move on with his life. Key points: Justen Thomas was giving evidence this week as part of the disability royal commission's examination of the criminal justice system The inquiry heard diversion programs are needed to keep people with cognitive disability out of courts and jailsMr Thomas, now in demand as a speaker and trainer, said he wanted his record pardoned so he could be "set free" Now working as an advocate supporting others in the criminal justice system, Justen Thomas wants people with cognitive disability to be pardoned for their criminal past.

The 43-year-old, who was last in prison 15 years ago, told the disability royal commission that people with cognitive disability had "fallen through the cracks" through no fault of their own. And, he said, they continued to be judged on their criminal records. The first actor on Australian TV with a cochlear implant hopes his role will lead to more diversity on our screens. It's been a big step to the small screen for actor Nathan Borg, making his debut on the iconic Australian soap-opera Neighbours earlier this year. Key points: Nathan Borg wants to use his role on TV to make it easier for people with a disability to get into the industryIt's been 40 years since the first implant, now used by over 600,000 worldwideInventor Graeme Clark said he was inspired to invent the cochlear implant after witnessing his father's struggles He is the first actor on Australian television to have a cochlear implant, a dream he didn't always think he would be able to achieve.

"At first I realised that there was no-one like me on screen, I wanted to change that for the industry," he said. Tasmanian Government sides with developer in Parliament Square disability access case. David Cawthorn has spent years fighting for easy access to Hobart's $200-million Parliament Square redevelopment, which boasts bars, restaurants and cafes — and the latest twist in the case has "got me gobsmacked", he says. Key points: The developer wants David Cawthorn's case heard by the High Court, rather than under Tasmanian jurisdictionThe Government has sided with the developer, saying it will "seek clarification … on the proper interpretation of Tasmania's laws"A disability advocate says if the High Court rules the state body has no jurisdiction, it would "cause a whole amount of grief" The development — in the bustling Salamanca area of Hobart — has two disability accesses, but Mr Cawthorn says both are situated on a steep hill, effectively not serving their purpose of giving easy access.

Mr Cawthorn has been battling the developer, Citta Property Group, for a third disability access — next to the main staircase — to be built. Down Syndrome portrait book aiming to 'smash old stereotypes' and celebrate condition. When Kylie Paskett learnt that her child was likely to have Down Syndrome, she was simply told she needed to get tests done immediately to confirm the diagnosis because she was "running out of time to terminate". Key points: Stephanie Rodden has created a series of portrait photography books celebrating people with Down SyndromeThe books are given to families who have received a Down Syndrome diagnosis as a way to break stereotypesMothers have spoken out about the negative way the news of a Down Syndrome diagnosis is delivered by medical professionals She was told her baby would not walk, talk or be able to feed himself.

"We had a terrible experience when we were told at 20 weeks," Ms Paskett said. Similarly, when Stephanie Rodden found out her son Lincoln was likely to have Down Syndrome, her doctor simply told her she and her husband had a "decision to make". The participants are from across Australia and photographers have donated their time to the cause. Changing the narrative. Restless Dance company fighting for its life after funding loss shock. For dancer Michael Noble, the Restless Dance company is his life and he can't imagine a future without it. Key points: Yeppoon cafe trains and employs people with disability, Emily urges others to give it a go.

When many people are hitting snooze their alarms, Emily Slotosch jumps out of bed to prepare for her shift at the local cafe. Jobseekers with a disability are often asked to declare it, but more firms are moving away from just 'ticking the box' Alderson awards celebrate the little wins of Canberrans with Down Syndrome. Christian Perryman has appeared on a children's TV show, Tessa McGuire has landed her first job, and Lauren Murray has been appointed to sit on an important board. Those big achievements are among the myriad reasons people in Canberra with Down syndrome are being nominated for Alderson awards.

But no achievement is too small to be recognised in this unique awards program. Australian housing needs mandatory accessibility standards to create 'homes, not just accommodation', advocates say. More than 30 organisations have written an open letter to the Prime Minister and state and territory leaders urging them to "futureproof Australian housing" through mandatory accessibility standards as part of the national construction code. Key points: How Deaf pride helped Fiona Murphy come to terms with a daunting diagnosis. Fiona Murphy was in the first grade when a hearing test confirmed she was profoundly deaf in her left ear. The discovery explained a lot. At school, despite her best efforts, she had been struggling to learn simple words, and during noisy swimming lessons at the pool her instructor reported that she was failing to follow basic instructions.

Lego Braille Bricks come to Australia, helping kids with vision impairment to learn by touch. As Harlen Petersen makes his way down a corridor, his white cane stretched out in front of him, he lets out a yell of joy knowing he is about to test-drive some new Lego. Key points: Boot camp for guide dogs and handlers helping vision impaired kids make new connections. Sara Abdulrazaq is legally blind and has always used a cane. Key points: Shortage of public housing suitable for people with disabilities leaves people like Ethan in a 'cruel' situation. House-sitting, couch surfing keeping 'almost homeless' older woman off the streets. Brisbane mother of two Zoe* has not had stable housing for more than two years but she is not what you might imagine when you think of someone experiencing homelessness.

Two students with Tourette syndrome on how they experienced the Melbourne coronavirus lockdown. Canberra Dungeons and Dragons business helping children with autism improve their social skills and make friends. Children with disability moving states to access education opportunities. Thousands of tiny beads go into Tasmanian artist Asha Martin's ornate creations. COVID-19 vaccine rollout for Australians living with disability needs clarity, experts say. Yass boy with cerebral palsy inspiring others with his love of sheep mustering. I didn't know that I had a mental health problem for so long, but now I'm learning my patterns. Assistance dog is life-changing for Bundaberg teen Summer Farrelly, who lives with autism. Adelaide grandfather with motor neurone disease urges expansion of support. Isolating in silence: How coronavirus has affected my life. Australian artist Eugenie Lee evokes the chronic pain of endometriosis in high-tech experiential artworks.

WA mother Clara Harris shares her story of depression, autism, love and acceptance. The 'autism advantage' at work and how it's giving firms a competitive edge. Cooroy hospital robotic rehab program uses virtual-reality technology to help stroke patients. Disability advocates in four-year battle with Parliament Square developers over lift. Cyclabilities program helps Canberra kids with additional needs learn to ride a bike. Masking when you have autism can help you blend in, but you might not be doing yourself any favours. Autistic man unable to tell doctors he was conscious during surgery now training medical staff - ABC News. Coronavirus-disrupted 2020 sporting season reminded us sport is not an industry, but a way of life - ABC News. Disability royal commission hears about barriers to finding employment faced by people like Yuri - ABC News.

Disability group hoping to encourage Tasmania's tourism industry to be more accessible to everyone - ABC News. I'm always the only scientist in the room in a wheelchair. It shouldn't be this way - ABC News. Hearing-impaired children graduate from Shepherd Centre, despite shift to online therapy - ABC News. People with disability fought long and hard for NDIS funding, now many fear it is about to change - ABC News. On International Day of People with Disability, Oliver has a message for all Australians - ABC News. Katrina has Down syndrome and dreams of living in New York. This is what she's doing to make it happen - ABC News. Small changes you can make to help make the lives of autistic people easier - ABC News.

Mentors behind the wheel helping drive change for unemployed in Launceston suburbs - ABC News. Bullied, belittled and dumped for having cerebral palsy, Dale wouldn't change a thing about herself - ABC News. Disability royal commission finds Federal Government responsible for 'serious failures' during COVID-19 - ABC News.

ABC reporter Nas Campanella writes about a shocking interaction on a Sydney train - ABC News. Hearing impaired children graduate from The Shepherd Centre after a year learning speech skills via video call - ABC News. 'Am I disabled today?' How Erika finds strength and compassion by embracing her disabilities - ABC News. Disability royal commission to hear 'confronting stories' from carers and Indigenous people living with disability - ABC News. Mick O'Dowd's body had an extreme response to an infection. Sepsis turned him into a quadruple amputee - ABC News. Programs encouraging more women, of all abilities, to play wheelchair sports - ABC News.

The Lab supports children with Autism who 'don't have friends' to gain friendships, learn social skills - ABC News. How the gift of music is changing the life of Canberra's school students - ABC News. Maintaining healthy lungs could offer new hope for cerebral palsy sufferers like Ashton - ABC News. Laurie says he doesn't have any friends — but when his scooter was stolen in Sydney, an amazing thing happened - ABC News. Man with autism refused service at Brass Monkey Hotel because barman thought he was drunk - ABC News.

Auslan signing helps create a new way of understanding home for tourists in the COVID-19 era - ABC News. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tells Scott Morrison it's time for 'bold action' on climate change - ABC News. Artists living with disability retreat to the Australian bush to find inspiration post COVID-19 lockdown - ABC News. Coronavirus has meant extra pressures for carers — but they've also found some unexpected silver linings - ABC News. Access to the latest and most effective diabetes drugs depends on where you live and what you earn - ABC News. Becky the Paralympic Barbie was not the only gift 20 years ago during Sydney's Games - ABC News. On the 20th anniversary of the Sydney Paralympics, the stars of the Games share their memories - ABC News. Canberra United's All Ability Academy is a first for people with a disability in the ACT - ABC News.

Koomarri's Bruce House in Canberra is a home made to fit people with a disability — not the other way around - ABC News. Meet Darwin's Sing Song Signers, a choir of young people who sign rather than sing - ABC News. Disability advocates welcome NDIS reforms to increase number of scheme participants - ABC News. Telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic shows the 'anti-social loner' autism stereotype is a myth - ABC News. Short film Safety Net screened virtually as part of the 67th Sydney Film Festival, and its Canberra star hopes it will inspire others with a disability - ABC News. World-first 3D printed chest scaffold surgery changes young woman's lifetime battle with 'sunken chest' birth defect - ABC News. WA families face 'traumatic' fight for NDIS funding amid a difficult transition to scheme - ABC News. Quiet housing revolution slowly giving Australians with disabilities more options - ABC News.

'Racially biased' screening tool used in the child protection system places more Indigenous children in custody, critics say - ABC News. Thousands at risk of dud insurance in their super as they lose work due to coronavirus - ABC News. Coronavirus shifted autism program online making access easier for many busy parents - ABC News. Disability Royal Commission set to resume, with more counsellors trained by people with lived experience - ABC News. Most people don't realise long-term opioid use can make pain worse, research finds - ABC News. Endometriosis pain almost ended Monique Murphy's career, but a diagnosis changed all of that - ABC News.

People with disabilities find new ways to connect during COVID-19 lockdown. Nine-year-old Brydi was bullied and suicidal, but now nothing can stop her plans. People with disability say COVID-19 is pushing up costs, but they can't get Coronavirus Supplement. Australia Council funding cut to Adelaide troupe leaves dancers with disabilities in limbo. Sydney news: Former disability commissioner Graeme Innes 'frightened' by light rail experience.

Findlay has dyslexia. This is what she wants you to know about kids like her. Tasmanian mother of children with autism faces continuing ban from school grounds. Cystic fibrosis advocate and Australian of the Year award-winner Emmah Money on defying expectations. Disability advocates escalate fight to end NDIS funding age discrimination. Intellectually disabled people 'unsafe' in hospitals, disability royal commission hears. Indigenous All Stars reach out to nine-year-old Murri boy Quaden Bayles after bullying story hits social media. Sunshine Coast family of stroke survivor appeal for return of mobility scooter.