Ian Fackender

Coroner finds fatal police shooting of man with schizophrenia experiencing psychosis was preventable.

Indigenous Peoples with Disabilities in Remote Communities Facing Adversity

First Nations People with Disabilities

(Australia) The Royal Commission this week heard about the struggles of First Nations people with disability living in remote communities. Approximately 66,000 First Nations people live with severe disability. About 38,500 are NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) participants and 10 per cent of those live in remote and very remote communities.   Twenty-eight witnesses, including […]

Staff Segregated and Residents with Disabilities Beaten at Sunnyfield Disability Services

(Sydney, Australia) Two support workers at a National Disability Insurance Scheme accommodation provider allegedly assaulted and verbally abused the residents, while other staff at the home were “segregated” based on race. Additionally, Sunnyfield Disability Services tried to evict one resident after her sister had repeatedly raised concerns about what was happening in the home. In […]

The Forced Segregation Model for Children with Disabilities

(Canberra, Australia) Canberra, federal capital of the Commonwealth of Australia, occupies part of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), in southeastern Australia. The ACT has developed a “segregation” model for students with disabilities. There are mainstream public schools and “specialist” schools designed exclusively for students with disabilities. Canberra families and children with a disability are being […]