Papers, Articles, Reports & Submissions 2001 – 2005


National Disability Authority (NDA), Dublin: Disability and Social Inclusion in Ireland (2005) [PDF]

This report makes an important contribution to documenting the gaps in participation between disabled and non-disabled people. Through detailed statistical analysis of data already collected in the Living in Ireland Survey and the Quarterly National Household Survey, the authors explore the situation of people with disabilities or chronic illnesses with respect to education, earnings, poverty and social participation. They explore some of the factors which lie behind the differences between disabled people and others. In particular they look at the influence of the severity of disability, in terms of restrictions on day to day activities, on wider social inclusion. Copyright 2005.


Women With Disabilities Australia: Submission to the Australian Government on the on the ‘Chairman’s Text for a Comprehensive and Integral International Convention to Promote and Protect the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities’ (November 2005)

This paper is a Submission in response to the Commonwealth Government’s (through the Department of Family and Community Services and the Attorney Generals Department) request for comments on the ‘Chairman’s Text for a Comprehensive and Integral International Convention to Promote and Protect the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities’, released in late 2005. Copyright WWDA November 2005.


Women With Disabilities Australia: Submission to the Australian Government on the Draft National Action Plan on Human Rights (July 2004)

In late May 2004, the Australian Government (through the Department of Attorney General) released its Draft National Action Plan on Human Rights. This Submission is WWDA’s response to the Draft National Action Plan on Human Rights. Copyright WWDA July 2004.


Women With Disabilities Australia: Submission to the Commonwealth Government on the ‘Draft Text for a Comprehensive and Integral International Convention to Promote and Protect the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities’ (February 2004)

This paper is a Submission in response to the Commonwealth Government’s (through the Department of Family and Community Services and the Attorney Generals Department) request for comments on the ‘Draft Text for a Comprehensive and Integral International Convention to Promote and Protect the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities’, released in early 2004. Copyright WWDA 2004.


Corporation for National and Community Service (USA): Inclusion – Creating an Inclusive Environment: A Handbook for the Inclusion of People with Disabilities in National and Community Service Programs (2004) [PDF]

Created in 1993, the Corporation for National and Community Service engages more than 2 million Americans annually in improving communities through service. This Handbook contains resources to assist employers in different areas of outreach, recruitment, selection, and retention of participants with disabilities in national and community service. Copyright 2004.


Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (UK) Being and becoming: Social exclusion and the onset of disability – By Tania Burchardt (2003) [PDF]

It is the process of becoming disabled and the impact on the individual and his or her family, with which this report is concerned. The emphasis is on changes in activity – paid employment, caring, social and political pursuits – and on changes in income, especially the risk of poverty. Putting it all together, the report aims to illuminate the relationship between becoming disabled and being socially excluded. Copyright 2003.


Women With Disabilities Australia: Submission to ‘Resolving deadlocks: a discussion paper on section 57 of the Australian Constitution’ (December 2003)

On 8 October 2003 the Prime Minister released Resolving deadlocks: a discussion paper on section 57 of the Australian Constitution. This paper considers additional options for resolution of deadlocks between the Senate and the House of Representatives. Section 57 currently provides for deadlocks between the House of Representatives and the Senate to be resolved by a double dissolution election. The first option canvassed by the discussion paper would allow the Governor General to convene a joint sitting of both houses to consider a deadlocked bill, without the need for an election. The second option would allow the Governor General to convene a joint sitting of both houses after an ordinary general election. This is WWDA’s Submission to the ‘Resolving Deadlocks’ Discussion Paper. Copyright WWDA 2003.


Women With Disabilities Australia: Submission to the Tasmanian Department of Health And Human Services on Its Draft Strategic Framework For Disability Services 2003 – 2008 (December 2003)

In late 2003, the Tasmanian Government released its Draft Strategic Framework For Disability Services 2003 – 2008. This is WWDA’s Submission to the Tasmanian Government on the Draft Strategic Framework. Copyright WWDA 2003.


Women With Disabilities Australia: Submission to the National Competition Policy Review of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) (May 2003)

In early 2003, the Australian Government announced the National Competition Policy Review of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA). This is WWDA’s Submission to that Review. Copyright WWDA 2003.


Women With Disabilities Australia: ‘Toward the Adoption of a UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Australia’ – By Helen Meekosha (October 2002)

A Paper presented by Helen Meekosha for Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) to the International Forum on Disabilities, Osaka, Japan, October 2002. Despite Australia’s early strong support for and activism in the United Nations, over recent years a conservative national government has drawn back from proactive engagement with new international covenants. In addition the Australian government’s scepticism about earlier agreements has been demonstrated in areas such as refugees and women. In recent months the Australian government has further distanced itself by demonstrating a reluctance to support UN initiatives on rights of persons with disabilities. This does not mean that the population more widely shares the same views, as legislation by progressive governments over the past twenty years has promoted rights for persons with disabilities. This paper argues that the very reluctance of the national government foregrounds the critical role that international conventions can play for the well being of disabled citizens. Copyright 2002.


Women With Disabilities Australia: WWDA Acceptance Speech to the National Human Rights Award (2001)

On December 10, 2001, Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) was awarded the prestigious National Human Rights Award (Community Category) by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. Helen Meekosha, WWDA President, accepted the Award at a function in Sydney. This is a transcript of WWDA’s acceptance speech. Copyright WWDA 2001.