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Voters with complex communication difficulties will be able to participate in enrolling and voting—possibly for the first time—thanks to the development of an exciting new app by the Victorian Electoral Commission.

Funding will be provided for a new research and teaching institute to help the disability and aged care sectors to transform and grow.

Children in out-of-home care are being supported to get the best out of their education with the launch of the new LOOKOUT Education Support Centre. 

At a special lunch on 2 June, Kristen Hilton, Victoria's Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner, thanked and farewelled the members of our outgoing Disability Reference Group (DRG), who have served a two-year term from 2014–16.

Women with an intellectual disability are almost 70 per cent more likely to be victims of domestic violence, but they are often overlooked by shelters and support services because their needs are seen as too complicated, as reported by the ABC's PM program on 26 May.

The Australian Human Rights Commission has today launched a national report examining the challenges facing older workers. 

The Commission welcomes the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) across Victoria – now only 100 days away.

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomes the Victorian Ombudsman’s report into allegations of abuse in the disability sector, tabled in Parliament on 9 December.

Today on International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD), the Commission is urging employers to reject the common misconceptions about hiring people with disabilities and consider the many benefits they bring to the workplace.

Victoria’s 10 year mental health plan has been released today, aiming to promote mental health and wellbeing, reducing suicide rates and providing better access to and choice about services for people with mental illness.

Victorian self-help groups working in the disability sector are encouraged to apply for the Disability Self-Help Grants, a program offering up to $10,000 in funding over two years.

The Commission congratulates Dorothy Docherty, member of our Disability Reference Group, on being awarded a Victorian Disability Sector Award under the Volunteer category as recognition of your work at Care Connect.

The Australian Council of Human Rights Authorities (ACHRA), which comprises the State, Territory and Federal human rights and discrimination authorities, met in this week to consider a number of issues of common concern and interest. A primary focus of the meeting is the continuing, systemic and serious barriers to equality of opportunity for people with disability across Australia. 

In Victoria today more than 100,000 students in Victorian schools have a disability that may affect their learning ability. These students have a wide range of disabilities – they may be blind or deaf, have a physical disability that requires them to use a wheelchair or other aides, a learning disability that affects their ability to process verbal or written information, or a disability that affects their behaviour and the way they learn.

CAN you imagine being abused by the very person charged with the responsibility of supporting you? Research by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission found because these abuses occur behind closed doors, seeking help or safety is not an option for many. Fear of not being believed, of retribution, or concern that supports will be withdrawn, are not unusual for people with disabilities.

People with disabilities are being routinely denied the basic human right of access to justice because police and other parts of our criminal justice system are ill equipped to meet their needs.

In a new report launched on Monday July 21st, Beyond Doubt – the experiences of people with disabilities reporting crime, the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has found that people with disabilities face significant and complex barriers when reporting crime to police. As a result, crimes go unreported.

Congratulations to the 2012-14 Disability Reference Group who were finalists for the "Excellence in Improving Participation Award" at the 2014 Victorian Disability Sector Awards. The Commission would like to thank the DRG for their tireless work in addressing issues of systemic discrimination for people with disabilities and congratulate them on their nomination.

A new Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission report has found public transport in Victoria is failing to meet the needs of Victorians with disabilities.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act, the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission in partnership with Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Graeme Innes AM, launched the Melbourne event of Twenty Years: Twenty Stories film project.

The long awaited report of the Taxi Industry Inquiry tabled in Parliament today makes 139 recommendations to reform the taxi industry to improve the way taxis are licensed, operated and regulated.

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