Media: Disability Royal Commission and CYDA in the media
Patient worthy August 21
An Australian royal commission is investigating claims that children with disabilities are being excluded from online learning. They are also looking into issues with the services that are provided to those who live with a disability, such as cancellations.
The Guardian August 19
One mother – known to the commission as ABB – said that when the pandemic led to the introduction of home learning, her daughter, who is 12 years old and lives with Down syndrome, was excluded from her school’s Google Classroom platform. “The first thing that happened was an email from one of the learning and support teachers that indicated that she had not been added to the Google Classroom, which is the platform that all the other students were using,” she said.
ABC News August 19
A woman who has been bedridden for two decades has told a royal commission she's worried she will lose access to life-changing technology after the coronavirus pandemic. Ricky Buchanan has lived with multiple disabilities since she was a teenager and hasn't been able to leave her Melbourne home for 20 years.
SBS News August 19
The single mother of a NSW student with Down syndrome felt her daughter was treated like an afterthought when her high school shut due to coronavirus, a royal commission has heard. The woman, who wants to remain anonymous, said educational resources provided by the school were cartoonish and her daughter wasn't included in online learning groups."At the core of this there is some deeply-rooted ableism," she told the commission on Wednesday.