Bolshy Divas

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We're disability activists in the style of feminist masked avengers, exposing and discussing discrimination, unmet need and issues which affect people with disability and their families. Bolshy Divas use humour, art and passion to talk about the overlooked, the unfair and the subtext behind real issues which affect Australians with disability. There are no requirements to be a Bolshy Diva, just owning a desire to bring about change, a sense of humour and a tonne of 'bolshiness' - enough guts to talk about the issues openly and honestly. We could be anyone - we are everywhere. We rank amongst the almost four million people with disability, plus their families. We are strong. We are Bolshy Divas.

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Petitioning Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten, Senator Jordon Steele-John, Rob de Luca, Hon Jenny Macklin MP, Hon. Dan Tehan MP, Helen Nugent AO, Rhonda Galbally AO

Nothing About Us Without Us - Unf*ck the NDIS!

The NDIS is being cut, capped and rationed even before it rolls out across Australia.A week ago, the NDIA 'accidentally' uploaded a document that announced changes to the list of people who would be considered automatically eligible. Under List A – the conditions guaranteeing automatic access to the NDIS – level two autism was removed, despite people with this diagnosis 'requiring substantial support'.In the ensuing uproar by autistic people, their parents and other stakeholders, the NDIA hurriedly replaced the original document.Today, on a Saturday, the NDIA tweeted that they would now require disabled people to comply with tightened eligibility requirements - including having access to a current diagnosis by a specialist who the person has been seeing for at least six months. Many adult autistics and other disabled people who are adults have no access to specialists and have only their original reports.  New assessments cost thousands and many do not go to doctors and specialists because half of all of us live in poverty.  Most people do not go to a doctor if they are not sick - and not all disabled people are sick.This is just another example of a change that will disproportionately affect us. We want certainty that they will not cap or limit or narrow the entry criteria for this scheme by changing internal rules without any consultation, negotiation or consensus.  We want a commitment by the NDIA and the Federal government to be transparent and accountable in all decision making by the NDIA.  That includes making important decisions around changes to eligibility, reasonable and necessary criteria and mechanisms to assign support to disabled people.  We also want to know where their co-design policy is - the reason they are getting it wrong is that we are not involved in making it right - nothing about us without us! We fought for this scheme to address the needs of disabled Australians and to give us the opportunities to become full members of society.  By implementing what is essentially a new medical model style 'service' of support, thousands of disabled Australians will be worse off than other Australians and the system we have invested so much in will break even further.  Disabled Australians need your help.  Unf*ck the NDIS and sign it now.

Bolshy Divas
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