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Disability and Poverty in Australia
Video title, link and release date
Disability and Poverty in Australia, June 11, 2013
Three minutes, Eleven seconds
- A recent study has shown that Australians with disabilities are twice as likely to be in poverty than the national average.
- People with disabilities make up 20% of the Australian population — the country’s largest minority group.
- The report also highlighted that, despite Australia’s standing as a strong national economy, the country’s employment rate for people with disabilities is 54% — compared to 83% for people without.
- The Australian government has passed a number of laws in the past several years cutting back on employment support for people with disabilities, resulting in greater dependence on welfare programs.
1. How does Australia rank internationally in employment for people with disabilities?
2. When will the new Australian bill on disability care go into effect?
3. What are disability advocates calling for in response?
Freewriting “Journal” Prompt
What about this report do you have questions about?
Do a bit of research on employment and welfare for people with disabilities in the U.S.? How does the U.S. compare to Australia?
What do you want to know more about?