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Decision maker responded 3 weeks ago

Petition to The Hon. Mark McGowan MLA, The Hon. Stephen Dawson MP, The Hon. Christian Porter MP, The Hon. Peter Collier MLC, The Hon. Alanna Clohesy MLC, The Hon. Samantha Rowe MLC, The Hon. Matthew Swinbourn MLC, The Hon. Donna Faragher MLC, The Hon. Timothy Clifford MLC, The Hon. Charles Smith MLC, Mayor Dan Bull, Councillor Lorna Clarke, Councillor Giorgia Johnson, Gerri Clay, Christa Riegler

Stop the closure of WA’s toy library for children with special needs

Please help to prevent the closure of Noah’s Ark WA – the state’s only specialist toy and resource library. Noah’s Ark WA has been supporting children and young adults with disabilities and developmental delays since 1975. Its resources and equipment, together with its professional and experienced staff, make an important contribution in helping young people with disabilities to develop new skills. Over 200 families and 70 organisations currently access this unique service. The Independent Living Centre WA has announced that Noah’s Ark WA will close by 21 December 2017. This closure will deny WA families of children with special needs access to over 5000 specialist resources. These include: Electronic switches and switch adapted toys - these enable children with limited physical skills to operate stimulating and novel toys Voice output switches – which serve as communication aids to children with limited verbal skills Themed play boxes - created by Occupational Therapists to facilitate particular developmental skills (e.g. fine motor, self-help, visual perception) Story bags – created by Speech Pathologists to encourage language and literacy skills Professional support from experienced practitioners Special needs consultancy service to schools, playgroups and community groups Noah’s Ark WA is more than just a toy library. Professional support and developmental resources are the crux of this unique service. Noah's Ark makes a valuable contribution to Early Intervention services for children with disabilities in WA. We must fight to ensure this important service continues to operate. Please sign and share this Petition and play your part in preventing the closure of Noah’s Ark WA. Read more: Closure announcement: Noah's Ark WA service to close The West Australian: Noah’s Ark toy library in Morley to close doors after 42 years Photo credit: © WEST AUSTRALIAN NEWSPAPERS LIMITED

Caroline Moffat
8,991 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Apple - Tim Cook, Google - Sundar Pichai, Amazon - Jeff Bezos

Stop Cosmetic Surgery Apps Aimed At Kids #SurgeryIsNotAGame

This is one of eight linked petitions by Endangered Bodies across New York, London, Argentina, Germany, Brazil, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand directed at Apple, Google and Amazon. Hello, my name is Angela Barnett and I am the representative for Endangered Bodies New Zealand. Giving young children access to cosmetic surgery games is not teaching them to celebrate their originality. Games that make dark skin whiter, chisel larger noses, plump up lips, shave off curves, and turn eyes round and Disney-like creates judgment, fear of being different, and fear of not looking like a fictitious ideal. As a mother of an eight and nine-year-old, I don’t want my children growing up looking for flaws or thinking their appearance is some kind of DIY project that needs fixing. With scalpels. When children and teens view 'flawless' images of women and men they question their own looks, are more likely to diet, suffer from depression, and shame. This makes me sad. I have conducted lots of interviews with women who grew up hating their bodies and almost every story begins with a young girl who didn’t think her face or body was right. We don't need games or apps that add to this problem. We need games that teach girls and boys how to own their own uniqueness, how to stick up for themselves, slay dragons and be confident in their own skin. Our faces and bodies are our most reliable homes. Shame is not a game. And nor is cosmetic surgery. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The above images are examples of the many plastic surgery apps available on the Apple App Store, Google Play Store and Amazon App Store. These cosmetic surgery apps, which often feature animated characters, are being marketed to kids as young as nine, a target group that is already influenced by our body-toxic culture. Our societies are saturated with images of perfect and unattainable bodies, with over 21 million cosmetic procedures being performed throughout the world in 2015 according to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. The dissatisfaction many adults face with their bodies has trickled down to our children. Statistics from The National Eating Disorder Association in the U.S. show 81% of 10-year-olds are afraid of being fat. In the UK, the 2016 Girlguiding Girls’ Attitudes Survey found more than a third of girls aged seven to ten felt women were valued more for their appearance than their abilities. Globally, children deserve to be challenged and inspired by their toys, not to spend their free time worrying about how they look. On January 14, 2014, Endangered Bodies supported the UK-based Twitter account Everyday Sexism in its call to remove plastic surgery apps aimed at children featured on iTunes and the Google Play store. Within 24 hours, both platforms removed the flagged apps. Although neither platform released an official statement, their choice to remove these “games” indicates that they recognize the potential harm they can cause. Deceptively designed as children’s games, the apps encourage users to slice virtual patients apart using scalpels, syringes, and other tools used in surgical settings. By making cosmetic surgery apps available for download, Apple, Google and Amazon are allowing companies to stoke and profit from the insecurities of children. We at Endangered Bodies challenge the toxic culture that promotes negative body image. Cosmetic surgery apps, which promote body dissatisfaction and shame, are not games that should be marketed to vulnerable young people. Although in some cases (where games have age-based ratings) it is possible for parents to limit access to these games through parental controls, we believe that further action is needed. Apple, Google and Amazon need to scrutinise the apps that already feature an age rating to ensure the content isn’t in fact directed at younger children, using the age limit as a way to still offer their app for download. In other words, we don’t want these platforms to use the age rating system as justification to continue to offer these apps, which are clearly designed for children. Please sign this petition to ask Apple, Google and Amazon to implement a policy which is clear to every developer, that they will not accept any such apps that are targeted at children and make a commitment to protect the mental health of their young users.    

Endangered Bodies New Zealand
21,248 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Greg Hunt MP, The Hon Malcom Turnbull MP, The Hon Bill Shorten MP, Greg Hunt

National Recognition of Oct 15 - Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day

Every family in Australia has been touched by the loss of a baby. Each year 1 in 4 Pregnancy's ends in a loss, this means that there would not be a family in Australia that has not been affected by the loss of a baby, either directly or indirectly. Yet this is something that most people are never aware of or never discuss. Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day - October 15 was established to raise awareness of this issue as well as to show support to those that have lost a baby. Recognition can only be achieve through a recommendation from the Minister for Health. Whilst day is currently recognised in Western Australia and New South Wales, this petition seeks to demonstrate that there is grass roots support in the wider Australian community for official recognition nationally by the Parliament of Australia. By officially recognising October 15 we can create a greater awareness in the community about the immeasurable impact that pregnancy and early infancy loss has on so many women, their partners and families within the Australian community. It is hoped that through the recognition of their loss and the subsequent pain endured, this remembrance day can play a small part in enabling families to find a way forward in their grieving, and in time heal the deep wound of loss. Most importantly, this remembrance day acknowledges that these babies were lovingly anticipated and remain forever in their parents’ hearts.

John De'Laney
4,875 supporters