21) As many stakeholder organisations like Scope have highlighted, many disabled people and people with long-term health conditions already work and many more want to access all the benefits that work can bring. 27 We want to understand how to improve the current system of support to make this aspiration a reality. We also recognise that some disabled people and people with health conditions might not be able to work due to their condition, whether in the short or long term. This government is committed to ensuring that they are fully supported by the financial safety net that the welfare system provides and so this consultation does not seek any further welfare savings beyond those in current legislation.
She was determined to make an independent life for herself, despite many people saying that was impossible. Jan enrolled in TAFE and obtained certificates in disability and law. She then went on to university to do a Bachelors of Education in Habilitation, then a Masters in Communities in Social Justice. She wrote and published three books , her autobiography "I hear more than you see", a sequel called "Rebels with a cause" and also a book about her experiences with disability support workers called “The Good, The Bad and The Unbelievable – Carers I have Known”.
The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), produced by the World Health Organization , distinguishes between body functions (physiological or psychological, such as vision) and body structures (anatomical parts, such as the eye and related structures). Impairment in bodily structure or function is defined as involving an anomaly, defect, loss or other significant deviation from certain generally accepted population standards, which may fluctuate over time. Activity is defined as the execution of a task or action. The ICF lists 9 broad domains of functioning which can be affected: