DSS helps to support people with disability through programs and services and benefits and payments. DSS also helps to support Australians' mental health Further support is provided through grants and funding for organisations delivering services for people with disability and people with mental illness.
People with Disability Australia Incorporated (PWDA) is a national disability rights and advocacy organisation. Our primary membership is made up of people with disability and organisations primarily constituted by people with disability. We also have a large associate membership of other individuals and organisations committed to the disability rights movement.
Living with a disability has its tough times... but lots of lighter moments too. We interviewed people all over the country to hear their insights; these frank and funny conversations reveal the truth about disability and today we bring you the best moments from that series.
Status of People with a Disability in Australia.
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Just under one in five people (4.2 million people or 18.5% of Australians) reported having a disability in 2012. A further 4.7 million people (21%) had a long-term health condition that did not restrict their everyday activities. The remaining 60% of the population had neither a disability or a long-term health condition. For those people with disability, 3.7 million (88%) had a specific limitation or restriction that meant they were limited in the core activities of self care, mobility or communication, or restricted in schooling or employment.