The question “Where’s your Assistance Dog?” usually comes from a really positive place, prompted by an acceptance and understanding that Kirby is a critical part of my ability to manage my disability when accessing my community. So if you’ve ever wondered, and been unsure if it was okay to answer, here’s the answer!
If it took me, a law student at the time, 22 months to compile my application for the DSP, where are we leaving the most vulnerable in our community?
Complexity is application processes for social security is at best, negligent policy implementation. In cases as egregious as this, it is hard to see it as anything other than a deliberate strategy in a suite of similar strategies to reduce government expenses. Pretending this complexity is an unintentional and unnoticed side-effect of rigorous and reasonable systems will only continue this harm to disabled Australians.
There’s so many things to say about the finale of Game of Thrones’ eight season run. Most of those will be discussed well beyond saturation, and are largely a matter of personal opinion. My problem isn’t who ended up on the throne, or how they got there, but how much ableism the show demonstrated in its presentation of that narrative.
Have you ever wanted to learn a little more about what it is that Assistance Dogs do, or see some of them in action? Check out this video we shared to celebrate and raise awareness of International Day of People with Disability on 3 December!
Thanks to those who contributed footage! On facebook, you can find Nikolai the Assistance Dog, Lucy Violet The Rescue ADiT, Tehyas Assistance Dog and Assistant Hound Cola. On Instagram, there's also @obediently_ollie @PixelzPupz and @Ollie_and_liv :)
(A note on captions: Facebook, in its infinite wisdom, has determined they are in Albanian. They are not. They are in English, and I typed them myself so they will hopefully also be correct.)