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Disability slacker pension

Talkback radio and some newspapers seem to have it in for disability pensioners. They claim the number of disability pensioners is spiralling out of control. They say this is because there are too many 'bludgers' getting the Disability Support Pension (DSP). But the evidence says otherwise. The growth rate of people receiving the DSP has decreased over the past decade. This is despite Australia having one of the lowest employment rates for people with disabilities. And our population is increasing and getting older so there will be more people with disabilities. Convictions for defrauding the DSP are also rare.

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Tour de Bali

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There is nothing more exhilarating than freewheeling down the mountainside on the back of a tandem bike in Bali. Tandem bikes are sometimes not that easy to find. But after many hours of googling I stumbled across Bali Bike Baik Tours. We travelled to the top of Mount Kintamani where our bikes, including a tandem awaited. Our guide led the way through Bali's famous rice terraces, coconut groves and charming little villages where we learned about the lifestyles of Balinese people. The tour ended with a delicious traditional Balinese banquet. I cannot wait to do it all again.

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Easy guide to the 'Victorian Disability Act 2006'

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Victorians with a disability have a website made for them. It is called the Act Resources Guide. The website has information about the Victorian Disability Act 2006. It is written in a way that is easy to understand. There are also short films on the website that are in Plain English and captioned. People with a disability helped to create the Act Resources Guide. If you want to easily understand the Victorian Disability Act 2006 this website is especially for you.

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Bronwyn massages her way to success

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Bronwyn Davies is blind and has been running her own massage clinic for the past eight years. She set up a room at home as a clinic. She types up her client's case history on a laptop with screen reading software. Bronwyn has built a good rapport with a physiotherapy clinic and they refer most of her clients to her. Bronwyn says that being a masseuse is a rewarding career and encourages anyone interested in the field to go for it.

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Champions of change

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People with a disability need to have a say. We need to be heard about the National Disability Insurance Scheme. We need to be heard about changes to the Disability Support Pension. One way to be heard is by the use of advocates. But their advocacy needs to be effective. To ensure it is effective, advocates and people with disabilities should meet and exchange ideas. Such a meeting is happening in Melbourne on 4 August. The meeting is called the Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference, Champions of Change.

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