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Disability Migrants

‘It’s a miracle’: Family saved days before deportation

Sydney parishioners the Donagemma family received the miracle they prayed for to help them stay in Australia days before they were due to be deported. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

Disability Migrants

Visa hope for Down syndrome kids as Minister overturns family’s rejection

Families of children with Down syndrome seeking visas to stay in Australia are feeling hopeful after a Perth family was granted permanent residency following a ministerial intervention – but discrimination remains. Source: SBS News.

Disability Migrants

Perth family of boy with Down syndrome urges minister to stop deportation

A Perth family facing deportation because their child has Down syndrome is pleading with Immigration Minister Andrew Giles to intervene in the case. Source: SBS News.


Neglect and abuse of people with disability costs $46b a year

The abuse and maltreatment of Australians with a disability costs the economy $46 billion a year, according to an analysis published by the disability royal commission yesterday. Source: The Age.

Asia Disability

Japanese service provider ‘mandated’ sterilisation for people with disabilities

Authorities in Japan have ordered local officials to investigate the alleged forced sterilisation of people with disabilities following reports of malpractice by disability care service providers. Source: UCA News.


Injury and abuse among thousands of incidents in disability group homes

There have been more than 7000 serious incidents in disability group homes over the past four years, with many including injury and abuse, according to the complaints watchdog for the NDIS. Source: The Australian.

Disability Employment

New program to help people with disability into workforce

A peak Catholic body says a new pilot program between the Commonwealth and the Business Council of Australia to expand job opportunities for Australians living with disabilities was an important step in helping people with disability get into the workforce. Source: CSSA.


Parishes should be ‘pockets of belonging’ for all

Parishes should be well-placed to welcome all young families, but they can always do more to reduce the barriers some face when they have a child who experiences physical or cognitive challenges, says disability theologian Zachariah Duke. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

Disability HIgher Education

Big grant to support caregivers raising children with disabilities

A $6.9 million grant will allow an Australian Catholic University-led consortium to deliver a program that will empower, support and connect caregivers raising children with developmental concerns or disabilities.