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disability

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Update posted 41 minutes ago

Petition to Hon David Coleman MP, Hon Peter Dutton MP, Hon Scott Morrison MP, David Coleman, Peter Dutton, Scott Morrison

Disability is no reason for deportation. Let our little Adyan stay in Australia.

Our son Adyan was born in Geelong on 26 December 2013, our own Boxing Day miracle. Due to a mild stroke that he suffered during delivery, Adyan lives with a minor disability, mainly in his left hand. Because of this, the Government is trying to deport our entire family to Bangladesh. In December 2016, our family’s application for permanent residency was refused by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection  - because Adyan was assessed as having a condition that made him a burden on the Australian taxpayer. We appealed this decision to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, but the tribunal does not have the power to overturn the health assessment. Our final hope rests with a ministerial intervention by Immigration Minister David Coleman to support our case. Meanwhile, according to reports from his specialist, Adyan is cognitively developing like any other normal child. He is independent in his physical movement - Adyan loves to run, jump and play like any other 5 year old, carefree kid. His teachers at kindergarten are happy with him and think he is a delight. He only requires limited physiotherapy and occupational therapy services, which we pay for ourselves. We are afraid that if Adyan is deported to my old home of Bangladesh, his development-related therapy will stop.  We are also afraid of the severe social discrimination that Adyan might face in Bangladesh because of his mild disability. It is so important to us that Adyan continues to develop as a normal kid in Australia, the only home he has ever known. We love Australia and think of it as our home. I have completed my PhD in engineering here, and my wife is becoming a registered GP here. We are hardworking, self-sufficient parents who have built a life for our son in this beautiful country. Now we are under immense stress and are counting each day that passes, fearing possible deportation. Please sign this petition if you believe Adyan has the right to grow and live a healthy life in Australia. A child’s disability is no reason to deport them from the only life they have ever known. Please, support us as we fight for the opportunity to contribute to our community, and give our little miracle the life he deserves.

Md Mahedi Hasan Bhuiyan
26,834 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Daniel Andrews, Luke Donnellan, Anthony Albanese, Scott Morrison, Senator Andrew Wilkie, Patrick Rex, Rachael Sanderson, Di Farmer, Simone McGurk, Gareth Ward, Steven Marshall, Annastacia Palaszcuk, Will Hodgmam, Fiona Patten, Family and Child Safety Commission Queensland, Commissioner for children and young people SA, Christian Porter, Judge Amanda Chambers, Simon Chambers, Robin Scott, Ged Kearney, Editor Alex Lavell The Age, Lenore Taylor, Deputy Editor, Editor Herald Sun, Christoper Dore, Senator Pauline Hanson, Jill Hennessey

Time for a royal commission into the Child Protection system in Australia.

In years to come a Prime Minister will stand in parliament and issue a national apology to all the children forced by child protection and children's courts  into mandated  "reunification". The national redress scheme will far outweigh any seen in history. It will involve hundreds of thousands of children and their families across every state and territory across Australia. Introduced internationally 20 years ago, like sheep Australian MPs and Bureaucrats made reunification mandatory yet had no knowledge of any short, medium or long term effects. Now 2 decades later academia is swamped with research detailing the catastrophic negative effects of mandated reunification on children. No more suicides, deaths,  abuse and re-traumatisation of vulnerable children in the Child Protection and Children's Court System. A royal commission is long overdue. A child dies every fortnight and four out of five of these children are known to Child Protection. Hundreds of thousands more are re-traumatised over and over again. The time has come to rewrite  legislation mandating child protection workers to 'family reunification' with biological parents at all costs. Legislation that omits the rights of children and their grandcarers, aunties, uncles and all other immediate family members. Legislation that has resulted in child deaths, suicides and the ongoing trauma of vulnerable children. The government has proven itself to be the worst of parents. One easy step for the government to end the corruption and toxicity in Child Protection is to simply cease its functionsand pass it over to the not for profit sector & under new legislation. There are many reasons for the lack of grandcarers, kinship and foster carers. Since commencing this petition it is evident that the broken system in Victoria equates to most other states and territories in Australia. Grandcarers in many states and territories recieve no financial support at all, yet extended family care is a far more beneficial outcome for children as opposed to statutory care. Grandcarers, foster and kinship carers have all the responsibilities and yet, no rights. This quite often includes the right to be a representative in Children's Court's proceedings. Carer costs far outweigh any payments they might recieve (If they recieve anything at all). It's time for Grandcarers, Kinship, Foster  carers, family GPs, school principals and welfare officers to be heard. It is time for urgent change! Added to the current mess, all states and territories in Australia operate differently. The care of vulnerable and traumatised children & the support carers recieve, should not be a matter of the luck of where you reside. If you're a child with a disability in the child protection system, your future is bleak with support to potential foster carers minimal if anything and specialist disability group homes considered "institutions".  Foster, Kinship and Grandcarers are often denied access to be part of children court hearings to detail their concerns or recommendations. If you do not agree to the reunification regardless of the gravity of your concerns you are automatically denied being a party to proceedings. This act alone should be illegal not legal as has been  the case for decades. A judge not a magistrate should be able to decide what is the best and healthiest environment for a child and not be forced into mandated reunification. The system should not be set up for what is easiest for child protection workers and magistrates. Denying grandcarers, kinship carers, foster carers, school principals, school welfare officers, GPs and neighbors a voice to deal with the child's reunification as fast and easily as possible has led to a highly toxic and corrupt child protection system that is more concerned  about meeting targets than a child's best interest. The system is wrong, outdated, corrupt, broken, dangerous and in need of a major overhaul. Being  left with no support once a child turns 18 and legislation that is fixated at 'family reunification' at all costs must change. Family reunification if it's in the child's best interest is one thing. “Family reunification" because there are no other options or the cheapest & easiest solution is not! Please help and be part of this petition. Your effort will help protect the most vulnerable, our children. Together, let's create a child protection and court system that works! 

Sonia B
6,288 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Gareth Ward (Hon) MP, The New South Wales Government

New Protection Laws and Cameras for Vulnerable Persons in Care over 18 years old

https://anndreaspeakz.podbean.com/e/the-day-my-son-got-hurt/ My beautiful son, James is 26 years old and lives with Fragile X Syndrome, a genetic condition that causes learning disabilities and cognitive impairment. He cannot speak. Recently, my son suffered a shocking head injury at his respite facility, and nobody bothered to inform me or take responsibility. That’s why I am calling for better protection for vulnerable people with disabilities. It is protocol for disability respite workers to report any incident or injury that occurs during the day. However, not only was I not informed of the injury, the staff at the respite facility denied that any incident took place.  I think better protection for people with disabilities needs to happen. I think it should be mandatory to have cameras installed in respite facilities and other places of care for disabled persons. We all saw the shocking footage of mistreatment in aged care facilities. We need to have a record of what is happening in disability respite and accommodation  centres.   Sadly, our recent experience is not an isolated incident. I know of countless other heartbroken mothers sharing stories of their children being abused at respite group homes. Parents live with the constant stress of worry for their disability  child's well-being especially for that child's future care. As a mother of a son with a disability, It sickens me that nothing is being done to protect people with disabilities. Respite workers are under no obligation to even be questioned for any incident or accident involving vulnerable persons. Police are often reluctant to investigate.  We need stronger laws to protect the vulnerable who can’t fight for themselves unable to even speak up or express themselves .  We need to be guaranteed safety and protection for our kids if we choose to use respite homes or group accommodation that is permanent . The lack of legal protection for these vulnerable individuals is discrimination and marginalisation of these beautiful people who are human beings with the same fears and same feelings as the rest of us.   Adult persons with disabilities are as vulnerable as children.  We need cameras in respite care homes. Please, sign and share my petition so we can have stronger laws to protect vulnerable persons with disabilities. Anndrea Wheatley (Mother and Resilience Psychologist)

Anndrea Wheatley
404 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Poto Williams

End discrimination and help Juliana stay in New Zealand with her family #letherstay

For the past 7 years, Juliana has called NZ home. She has productively lived and worked, as well as advocated for people with disabilities. Juliana was disheartened to learn that her application for a permanent residency visa has been denied for the second time because she doesn’t meet the immigration health requirements as she has Lupus and is paraplegic. Juliana is now facing deportation and might be separated from her family members (her mother Nadmea, brother Alex and, sisters Viviana and Luciana) that live in New Zealand. Please sign her petition to change the immigration policy that discriminates on disability and health grounds. Juliana works full time and she’s a taxpayer. People with disabilities should have the same rights as others and live life as they want. It’s a matter of fairness, dignity and respect. Many individuals with disabilities already have a tough life, the government and its policies should not make their lives more difficult. Let’s end systemic discrimination. Please help Ju to stay in New Zealand with her family and friends. Help change the immigration policy that discriminates against disability. Every signature counts! Juliana Bio Juliana Carvalho was born in 1981 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. She has a big family and had an amazing childhood. When she was 19, a spinal cord inflammation left her in a wheelchair. Instead of feeling sorry for herself, she turned this life-changing event into an amazing opportunity to grow and develop. She created and presented the Brazilian public television show Make a Difference, which promotes Human Rights and respect for diversity. She is the author of the Comedies of Crippled Life blog (comediasdavidaaleijada.blogspot.com) and also collaborated with the media group RBS to create the blog No Barriers addressing topics pertaining to accessibility. She produced and directed the award-winning short film If the Eyes Cannot See, The Legs Cannot Feel and won the Award for Best True Story from Marie Claire magazine Brazil 2012 for an essay on her sexual rediscovery after becoming paraplegic. Juliana coordinated editions of Movimento Superação (Overcome’s Parade - it celebrates diversity, timed to commemorate the International Day of People with Disabilities) in her native state in Brazil. Juliana published her autobiography In my chair or yours? In 2010. With the publication of her inspiring story, Juliana made headlines across her native Brazil. Garnering a strong public response, her book sold more than 30,000 copies and has been distributed to public schools throughout the country by the Ministry of Education. Major television networks have interviewed Juliana, and before long she had become a spokeswoman for the inclusion movement. Juliana currently lives in New Zealand with her mum, brother and 2 youngest sisters.  For more information, visit www.juliana.co.nz

Juliana Carvalho
30,566 supporters