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THE WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT IS BEING STOLEN FROM BY A FRAUDELENT PHONE FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN BY A COMPANY CALLED DONOR CARE.

II am as you know in a wheelchair for life, we are a marine corps family as we have relatives currently serving overseas in the marines.

My own Australian family has a long and honorable history of fighting for King/Queen and country, my cousins are all army my siblings and in-laws are all navy as was I. When ever our nations called we have stood and cried “I am here send me”. So when I heard of a group called The wounded warrior project I found the number and called and signed up to financially support them.
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I have been paying a small amount monthly for the last two years, however about six months ago a group calling themselves “donor care” started calling saying wounded warrior project gave my number because they wanted me to either increase or on other calls they would claim I had cancelled my donation and they were calling to get me back?

One, I was giving all I could afford and two I hadn’t cancelled so I became suspicious I have received over 75 calls in six months after the first thirty I called WWP and tore them a new one , they were apologetic but swore they knew nothing about it saying they never use cold calling.

After the number reached 50, I called donor care and informed them under new York state law now they had been verbally informed cease and desist if I received more calls they could be arrested, alas the calls continued.
So yesterday after 5 more calls in the last ten days on my phone and more on my wives, I called The wounded warrior project and spoke to one Christina flores, she took all the information and said she would research with their fraud department, today I received the following email and I strongly suggest if Donor care have contacted you or you have been coerced into donating you follow the advice of the Email.

I just wanted to touch base with you as I did hear from our Fraud Department this afternoon. They are diligently working on this matter and did confirm that your calls are, in fact, not authorized by Wounded Warrior Project and therefore, fraudulent. They advised that I give you the information below in order to report your scam to other outlets:

1. File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at http://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/Details#crnt

2. File a complaint with his state consumer protection agency (he can find his state’s CPA here: http://www.usa.gov/directory/stateconsumer/index.shtml).

3. Contact his phone company

a. Request documentation of incoming calls from this number to prove harassment.

b. Request the number they are calling from barred from making further calls.

You are also welcome to cc fraudalert@woundedwarriorproject.org with any and all communication regarding this matter.

I hope that this information is helpful to you. Please feel free to email or call if you have any questions. Thank you.

Kindly,

Christina Flores

giving outreach team

O: 904.800.4177

F: 904.296.7347

Wounded Warrior Project

4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300

Jacksonville, Florida 32256

If you have fallen victim to these scum Please right down your encounter with as much info as possible take a screen shot of your incoming calls to show the number and contact the wounded warrior project and the authorities named above.
The wounded warrior project was started by friends of the first warriors coming home from the Iraq/Afghanistan conflict wounded and disabled, and now helps thousands>
You don’t have to support war or agree with it, but surely you must agree anyone stealing from the families of the fallen or the disabled and the soldiers themselves are SCUM. Let’s shut these Bastards down
Below is the company logo of donorcare let them know what you think of them
http://www.donorcarecenter.com/
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Did Canada break a promise to its disabled citizens?

Reposted from a online story by DAVID PETTINICCHIO
Contributed to The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Jul. 28, 2015 2:24PM EDT

David Pettinicchio is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Toronto.

Despite their differing approaches, both Canada and the U.S. face challenges in keeping their promise to improve the economic wellbeing of their disabled citizens.

Until recently, the U.S. had generally been regarded a world leader in disability rights, while Canadians with disabilities had to wait until the 1982 Charter of Rights and Freedoms – and even there, activism was necessary in pressuring the government to include disability in the Charter. Meanwhile the U.S. government had already enacted disability rights and antidiscrimination legislation in the early 1970s.

In 1990, Republican President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law, calling it “the world’s first comprehensive declaration of equality for people with disabilities.” In addition to informing policies in other countries, the language of the ADA served as a basis for the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Then attorney general Richard Thornburgh referred to disability rights as “America’s best export,” while Senator Ted Kaufman called them as “American as apple pie.” Sunday, July 26, marked the 25th anniversary of this landmark legislation.

But with employment rates among Americans with disabilities lower now than before the ADA was enacted – an abysmal 18 per cent in 2012 – and an earnings gap that has remained largely untouched over the last quarter century, the U.S., once world leader, has become a laggard.

How does Canada compare? Considerably better than its neighbour to the south, but there’s definitely remove for improvement. In 2011, the employment rate among disabled people between the ages of 25 and 64 was about 49 per cent compared to 79 per cent for people without disabilities.

When they do work, Canadians with disabilities earn anywhere between 10 and 15 per cent less than similar workers without disabilities. Among men working on a full-year, full-time basis, the average employment income was $69,200, compared with $92,700 among their non-disabled counterparts. Despite the Charter banning discrimination, 15 to 30 per cent of people with disabilities still report being denied a job interview or job because of their disability.

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities suggests that the Charter has been more “symbolic than substantive.” There is no real Canadian equivalent to the ADA, many people instead refer to a “patchwork” of confusing disability policies and regulations.

Provinces have enacted their own legislation. For instance, Ontario has a fairly comprehensive disability rights policy. However, the employment rate among Ontarians with disabilities is still about three times less than people without disabilities. Workers with disabilities in Ontario earn on average about 12 per cent less than workers without disabilities.

And policies like the ADA haven’t provided more substantive national remedies than the Canadian Charter either. On the contrary, disability rights legislation in the U.S. has been mired in judicial (mis)interpretation, a victim of a weak and unstandardized regulatory mechanism. This was the opinion of many in Congress when they sought to “restore” the original spirit of the ADA in 2008.

Despite their different legal contexts, Canadian courts have resembled their American counterparts in their reluctance to embrace the spirit of the Charter when it comes to equal rights for the disabled. Many disability activists point to the 1997 Eaton case as an example where the Canadian Supreme Court ruled that segregating people with disabilities in education isn’t always discriminatory.

Experts continue to point to the lack of federal resources allocated to the Canadian Human Rights Commission. And, just last year, The Globe and Mail reported on the failure of the Canadian government to monitor compliance when it comes to disability discrimination.

If rights for people with disabilities were once labeled as “American as Apple Pie,” they should be as Canadian as… maple syrup. Whether or not the Charter is guilty of being more platitude than policy is a much bigger debate than can be had here. What is certain is that the solutions to the ongoing problem of unemployment and income inequality among people with disabilities isn’t necessarily about how policy manifests itself – through a legislature or a constitutional amendment – but whether there is a commitment to subsequently enforce these good intentions.

“My mate my dog” my thoughts on Life with a service dog

My mate my dog, as I settle for the night and the lights go out a warm firm body lays over my useless legs because of it I know I’m safe, because of it I know I’ll make the morning because it’s my mate my dog
My love, my wife she leaves before the night has gone, she works into the Morning she works all the day while at home I stay with my mate my dog
A noise at the door theres strangers in the hall, I can’t reach my chair without a stumble or a fall, a look he stands there’s a growl and a bark the hairs stand up to the door he runs because of him there’s no strangers no vampires no danger at my door,
I’m safe I have my mate my dog.

Right finger shakes, left leg spasms, torso convulses, the lights grow dim, don’t know how long when something presses my wrist ,something cools my face and the convulsions are stopping,
Fog is lifting head is clearing,it’s jaws that squeeze my pulse it’s a tongue that cools my face, because of them slowly I come into space the whole time I’m out in a romm all alone it’s not a nurse or a spouse it’s teeth that have kept me safe
it’s my mate my dog.
The life of alone twelve hours a day,time filled with seizures sometimes night sometimes morning, throught out all on my own I stay,alone except for sixty pounds of fur and love on my feet sometimes at the bottom sometimes onmy pillows above.
The door he answers My chair he pulls tonnes love he gives without asking for naught without him I have nothing but bed and tv with him I have love life and I get to be me.
A mate in Australia gives his life and his all, by your side in times that are good and he picks you up when you fall.\
A dog down under is the best mate of all, he runs at your feet all day and at night he and curls up in a ball he always listens and never talks always he loves uncoditonally without objection or fault.
This aussie has long since left her wide brown land,no more sunburnt country beaches or bush
with Wheels under my ass and fits in my brain, long days shut in with just me and my pain,me and the dog always alone but not in my heart if I close my eyes but for a second or three I’m back in the my country the bush I san see.
Yet as light says goodbye to the last of day wiating for ella home for the day, I sit Patiently quietly watching the clock just me myself and my Mate my dog .
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Why the Americans With Disabilities Act Wouldn’t Pass Today

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Reposted from a story already online By Trevis Gleason
Published Jul 23, 2015
By now, most of us will have heard one news piece or another about the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Twenty-five years doesn’t seem like that long ago, really. In fact, I remember writing a blog on the 20th anniversary of the bill’s signing into law. I guess we’ve been at this a while now.

A video of President Obama talking about his father-in-law’s MS during a White House event marking the ADA milestone is even making the rounds.

I’ve just started reading Lennard J. Davis’ book Enabling Acts: The Hidden Story of How the Americans With Disabilities Act Gave the Largest US Minority Its Right, published by Beacon Press, in time for the anniversary. I’m only part way in and find it fascinating.

Now mind you, I am (or, more accurately, was) a political being, so I really enjoy the back story of such things. That said, I think there is a lot of information in Davis’s book that many would find interesting.

What strikes me hardest is the fact (and I’d say it’s an all-but-foregone fact) that the ADA could not pass Congress today.

When asked last year to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities — a document far weaker than the ADA — the U.S. Senate voted it down. This led the co-sponsors of the ADA, senators Bob Dole (R) and Tom Harken (D), to assert that “if the ADA came up for a vote in 2015, it would be defeated,” according to Davis.

Today’s legislators couldn’t even get behind a UN document that didn’t go nearly as far as the U.S. law that now celebrates 25 years on the books. As a citizen of the world, and as a disabled citizen of the world, I have been abandoned by my lawmakers. The same is true for my fellow 650 million disabled citizens of the world.

The bi-partisanship that was required to negotiate and pass the landmark ADA bill spanned four decades, six presidents, and hundreds of drafts. The ADA began as what Davis calls the “forty-six words that changed history,” which were slipped into a Vietnam War-era rehabilitation act and set in motion the process that resulted in the law we celebrate on July 26th.

“No otherwise qualified handicapped individual in the United States, as defined in Section 7(6), shall, solely by reason of his handicap, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

President Nixon signed that bill (which he had twice vetoed) in 1973, tying it to previous civil rights legislation.

By the time that ADA was in its final negotiations between the White House and Congress, the heaviest of heavy hitters were at the table, and all of them had personal connections with someone from the disability community. Today, with 10 percent of the U.S. population living with disabilities, we must assume that many who voted against the UN disabilities document also had ties to or were closely related to someone with a disability.

Hell, in 2012, Sen. Bob Dole came to the floor of the Senate from Walter Reed Army Medical Center — as he was not well at all — to personally argue for ratification of the accord. The man who was rather famously disabled in World War II, served several terms in the Senate, and was his party’s nominee for President of the United States — the man who many consider instrumental in getting ADA passed in the first place — couldn’t even persuade the body to put a stamp of approval on a non-binding accord.

What hope would legislation as important as ADA have in today’s even more divided political world?

Sure. I will stand on Monday and celebrate the monumental achievement of good men and women doing good work for a very long time to get an important law passed. I won’t, however, expect that the current lot of people representing us would be willing to do it again. Thus, “fixing” the many issues that the disabled still face seems beyond their reach as well.

Though I’m only part way in, I would definitely recommend Enabling Acts for those who would like to know how the ADA came to be. It’s not an easy read, but it’s fascinating.

Wishing you and your family the best of health.

Cheer

Back in black

Well folks many have read and some agreed some have lambasted me for my comments on weight loss.
From 2009 to 2011 without surgery or pills I went from 545lbs approximately to 245lbs cured my diabetes with diet dropped all my levels and was healthy see before and after below.
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I got back into swimming and rock climbing

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and judo
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and every sport you can imagine even surfing

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and the weight stayed off. Then in late 2013 I severely injured my hand,and my knee and tore my rotator cuffs all within about five months and then contracted a stomach problem similar to crohns disease which kept me bed bound for days at a time.
The stomach problem and the injured shoulder limited training for most of 2014, climbing all but stopped swimming was too painful and suddenly an old enemy weight gain was there.

I have to admit I have in one year put 50lbs back on and at almost 300lbs was ashamed to wear anything that showed body so I lived in hoodies and large jackets.
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Enough is enough, I needed a new carrot dangled. my shoulders are pretty good, my stomach as long as I stick to a very strict diet is good so I needed something to drive me on.
Back in the early 1990’s in Brisbane Australia there were several transgender sex workers murdered, and I knew them all, I lived in the same house with 6 of them.
The police didn’t care one of them called the deaths of trans sex workers a “mercy killing” the papers reported them as separate murders of men who just happened to be found wearing women’s clothing?(most of them had breast growth and looked 100%feminine)
I had an idea for a memorial tattoo and finally one month ago I got it 6 roses unopened with a drop of blood coming from each to remember their lives cut short and one half opened at the top for me because I’m still here.
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Well as you cans see it is beautiful but all my clothing covered it so I bought halter tops showing body,
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but if I show body it has to be worth showing. So first a couple of miles, then three then a whole day surfing, now 8 miles in one day and soon I will be climbing again.
I hope you support me as much this time as you did last time, it will be harder I’m older but I promise I’ll get there
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Cruise giant Carnival Corp. faces penalty over ADA compliance

Reposted from a story by Gene Sloan, USA TODAY 7:46 p.m. EDT July 23, 2015

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Cruise giant Carnival Corp. will pay more than $400,000 in penalties and damages as part of a settlement over alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the U.S. Justice Department announced Thursday.

The parent company of Carnival, Princess and Holland America also has agreed to survey and, if necessary, make changes to 42 existing vessels at the three brands to comply with ADA regulations. Seven vessels in various stages of design and construction also will be surveyed and, if necessary, updated to comply with the regulations.

Another 13 ships operated by the brands will be subject to possible changes if they continue to be in service in U.S. ports in four years.

The settlement calls for 3% of cabins on the ships to be accessible to passengers with disabilities, with the cabins falling into one of three categories: fully accessible cabins, fully accessible cabins with a single side approach to the bed and ambulatory accessible cabins.

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Carnival CEO steers cruise giant in new directions

Carnival Corp. also agreed to create brand standards that address an array of accessibility issues, provide ADA training to employees and ensure reservation systems allow for people with disabilities to book accessible cabins. The company also will appoint an ADA compliance officer at the executive level as well as ADA responsibility officers at its Carnival brand and at the Holland America Group, which includes Holland America and Princess. An officer on each ship also will be appointed to resolve ADA-related issues.

The settlement follows a Justice Department investigation of complaints that Carnival Corp. failed to properly provide and reserve accessible cabins for individuals with mobility disabilities as is required under the ADA. The company also was accused of failing to reasonably modify policies to accommodate individuals with disabilities; afford individuals with disabilities the same opportunities to participate in programs and services, including embarkation and disembarkation; and provide effective communication during muster and emergency drills.

Carnival Corp. will pay a civil penalty of $55,000 to the United States and $350,000 in damages to individuals harmed by past discrimination, according to the Justice Department. The agency says Carnival Corp. officials cooperated during the investigation.

In a statement sent to USA TODAY, Carnival Corp. says it is pleased with the settlement.

“We have historically maintained a strong focus on accessibility and have a longstanding track record of meeting the needs of all our guests,” the Carnival Corp. statement says. “We will continue to do so with even more enhancements in staff training, accessibility policies and communications, as well as additional shipboard accessibility features.”

Carnival ships on order that would fall under the settlement terms include the 4,000-passenger Carnival Vista – the Carnival brands’ biggest vessel ever. For a sneak peek at what the line plans for the ship, click through the carousel below
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Google Putting Up Millions For Disability Initiative

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Reposted from a story already online By SHAUN HEASLEY

Google announced this week that it will provide millions of dollars in funding to groups that are using technology to change the lives of people with disabilities. (Patrick Tehan/Bay Area News Group/TNS)

Google is looking to address the needs of a billion people with disabilities worldwide and it’s putting big bucks behind the effort.
The Internet search giant said this week that Google.org — the company’s charitable arm — is offering up $20 million to nonprofits “using emerging technologies to increase independence for people living with disabilities.”
As part of the initiative dubbed “The Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities,” the company is also asking people with disabilities to suggest problems that they would like to see addressed with the grant money.
Google has already committed funding to two groups — the Enable Community Foundation which links people needing prosthetics with volunteers who use 3D printers to create them at no cost and World Wide Hearing which will use the funds to develop a low-cost kit to detect hearing loss using smartphone technology.
“The Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities will seek out nonprofits and help them find new solutions to some serious ‘what ifs’ for the disabled community. We will choose the best of these ideas and help them to scale by investing in their vision, by rallying our people and by mobilizing our resources in support of their missions,” Jacquelline Fuller, director of Google.org, said in a blog post.
Alongside the monetary commitment, Google said it will work to ensure accessibility of its own products and add new offerings that benefit people with disabilities. The company cited its work developing self-driving cars as well as Liftware, a utensil designed to help people with hand tremors eat more easily, as examples of its existing work in this space.
“Historically, people living with disabilities have relied on technologies that were often bulky, expensive and limited to assisting with one or two specific tasks. But that’s beginning to change,” Fuller wrote. “Together, we can create a better world, faster.”
Advisers for the new project include autism self-advocate Temple Grandin and Catalina Devandas Aguilar, the United Nations’ special rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities.

ADA at 25: Americans with Disabilities Act Anniversary Marks Progress, Setbacks in Accessible Design

The 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ushered in historic changes for the United States in terms of opening access and opportunities to people with disabilities. But even as we near the landmark law’s 25th anniversary on July 26, 2015, it must be remembered that the nation is still far from fulfilling the law’s intent to ensure equal access to all.

“One of our tenets in Paralyzed Veterans of America’s Architecture Department is ‘equality,’ and the ADA doesn’t necessarily provide equality,” said Mark Lichter, senior associate director of architecture for Paralyzed Veterans of America. “The legislation is worded to provide equality, but it really only outlines minimal standards for accessibility. That’s where we come in by being advocates for people with disabilities.”

Paralyzed Veterans of America has been on the forefront of accessibility since its inception in 1946, when its founders – a band of World War II veterans with spinal cord injury – collaborated with the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects on accessible housing for paralyzed veterans. In 1986, Paralyzed Veterans stood up its “Barrier-Free Design Program” to provide oversight of the design and construction of VA medical centers.

In the mid-1990s, Paralyzed Veterans of America brought a successful lawsuit against the owners of the MCI sports arena (now the Verizon Center) in Washington, D.C., after they failed to comply with an ADA requirement to design spaces from which wheelchair users could see over standing spectators.

“Since then, we have worked extensively with owners and architects on complex projects such as sporting venues and memorials,” Lichter said. Some examples include consulting on accessible design for the Washington Nationals stadium, which opened in 2008, as well as the new Minnesota Vikings stadium, projected to open in 2016.

Still, while much progress has been made in the 25 years since the ADA’s enactment, the nation is far from achieving architectural design that is fully inclusive and equal for all, Lichter said. With accessibility still not ingrained in the curriculum or culture of current architects and engineers, accessible design is often an afterthought, he said.

“Every architect and engineer is trained on how to meet safety issues and code requirements,” he said. “Then somewhere far into the design they begin to think about meeting the ADA. There’s just not the education and cultural awareness of people with disabilities.”

That is why Paralyzed Veterans of America has worked to host seminars for architects, designers, and owners on the ADA requirements and how they can go beyond the requirements of the law at little or no cost. Paralyzed Veterans architects also teach and provide presentations about accessible design at colleges and universities.

“Often times the ADA provides access but doesn’t always provide equality,” Lichter said. “When a person with disabilities has to take a different route to get into a building, that’s not ensuring equal access. We would like to see the ADA’s next step be a requirement for more inclusive design that ensures everybody has equal access.”

In addition, as green or sustainable construction has become second nature to most architects, Paralyzed Veterans of America would like to see accessibility integrated into the design process on much the same level, Lichter said.

“Green buildings are the biggest thing in architecture right now, and we’d like to see the same level of attention and accountability made for accessibility,” he said.

Still, a future in which the nation fully achieves equal access hinges heavily on the willingness of all Americans to see their world through the eyes of a person with disabilities. Often that sensitivity is built through education as well as personal experiences with people with disabilities, Lichter said.

“What it comes down to is seeing the ADA as not something you have to comply with, but as a means of treating people with disabilities with dignity and equality,” Lichter said. “Once that mindset in society changes, then we will make big strides, but we’re not there yet. Good accessible design does not cost more, and it always leads to better design.”

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There’s 16 republicans running for president and most are fools

Christians need to get their shit straight we’re all created in god’s image” gays are an abomination “trans are against god” “Muslims are wrong” but didn’t he create us all according to your book of fables?
“God created the world in 7 days” yet now republican bible thumpers are claiming we shouldn’t do anything because that’s gods wish but did he create it perfect, or did he create it flawed?
Gays quote Leviticus as their blanket hate gays bible verse, nowhere does it says woman shouldn’t lay down with woman and nowhere does it mention transgender?
16 republicans now running for president and 12 have stated “god wants me to be president” is there a group plan? Is like school sports everyone gets one kick of the ball a game?
If god told you all but god is perfect which 11 are lying?

But seriously folks, these 16 jokers are running for office and one of them is trump? If you elect any of these fools you’re a bigger fool than they are.

We have dr Carson who as a doctor thinks the female digestive tract is connected to the reproductive system?
we have the governor that starts with K says god created global warming don’t mess with it, we have at least 6 who say if you’re raped and pregnant it was gods glorious gift
Bobby Jindal denies his own heritage and real name if elected what else would he turn his back on?
I’m not saying vote republican or vote democrat just for god sake don’t vote fool
Jeb bush will be the third from that family, the first made the rich richer and the poor destitute, the second lied about weapons of mass destruction and to this date over 6,000 American service people are dead from battle and over 128,000 committed suicide from ptsd, do we need a third bush?
On the democrat side yes Hilary was bills first lady but she hasn’t done anything but serve with honor if you don’t think she is any good don’t vote for her but don’t vote for her because of politics not because of who she’s married too.
In closing if the candidate makes you scream
“FOR FUCKS SAKE IS THE DUDE FOR REAL?” PLEASE DON’T VOTE FOR THEM

Control of Australias NDIS $20b disability scheme on leaders agenda

The NDIS is expected to be discussed at the meeting of federal and state leaders in Sydney on Wednesday and Thursday.

by Laura Tingle
Talks have opened up between the federal and state governments about giving the states early access to a share of $20 billion of funds set aside for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, but there are concerns the states may have to cede control over the massive scheme in return.

The NDIS is expected to be discussed at the meeting of federal and state leaders in Sydney on Wednesday and Thursday, with the federal government proposing changes in the board of the National Disability Insurance Agency (which runs the NDIS) which the states believe may lead to them losing their right to nominate board members and, as a result, their say in how the scheme operates.

At the same time, it is understood Canberra has said it was open to discuss a push by some states – notably Queensland – for early access to funds raised by the federal government for the NDIS with the states collectively seeking several billion dollars of early funding.

The Gillard government oversaw an increase in the Medicare levy by half a percentage point from July 1 last year to 2 per cent with the extra revenue pledged to fund the NDIS raising around $3.3 billion in the first year, and $20.4 billion between 2014-2015 and 2018-2019, with 25 per cent earmarked for the states.

The money was only supposed to be drawn down from 2018.

But with some states under intense financial pressure, and the introduction of the scheme sped up in some places, there has been a push to release funds early to help them cover their disability costs.

It is understood there have been discussions about this possibility in recent days, though sources say the federal government is concerned that any drawdowns now would leave a hole in the state disability budget later as the disability fund effectively has a finite life.

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But at the same time, the federal government is making renewed attempts to overhaul the current board of the NDIS – which contains key architects of the scheme – and replace them with appointments from ASX 50 companies.

Earlier this year, The Australian Financial Review reported that a brawl had erupted between the federal government and the states over a federal move to turn over at least half the board that oversees the NDIS.

Disability Minister Mitch Fifield argues the board should be appointed on the basis of financial skills while the states argue it should be a representative body that reflects their interests and those of different disability groups.

Senator Fifield argues the Disability Reform Council – which oversees the NDIS and includes state representatives – should be the representative body. Sources also say the NDIS legislation means there is no risk that the federal government can make any appointments to the board unilaterally and must consult the council.

It has emerged Senator Mitch Fifield commissioned corporate advisory firm Korda Mentha to review the skills and experience required by the NDIS board as it develops further from a body caring for 30,000 people to one looking after 460,000 and administering a $22 billion insurance-based scheme.

Korda Mentha has argued the next iteration of the board should have a strong ASX 50 or large government business enterprise-level experience in operational and financial systems and controls.

Victorian Disability Minister Martin Foley said on Monday the NDIS “is a joint Commonwealth-state agency as reflected in the 2013 intergovernmental agreement”.

“That agreement sets out terms of payment, and we would expect the Abbott government to honour all its funding commitments”, he said.
“This scheme has the potential to transform the lives of people with disabilities and should not be used to play politics.”

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