People with disability, and our organisations, are today calling for the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to develop a comprehensive policy on sexuality for people with disability accessing the NDIS.
“Today we’re releasing a position statement, signed by over 40 organisations, calling on the Australian Government to include sexuality supports in the NDIS,” said Matthew Bowden, Expert Advisor, People with Disability Australia and member of Disabled People’s Organisations Australia.
“This includes funding for sex work and sex therapy services as part of people with disability’s NDIS plans.” Read more…
Touching Base and PWDA applaud a NSW Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) decision to permit National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funding for sex services – July 2019.
We have been working closely on NDIS matters and have put out a joint media release on this important decision: https://mailchi.mp/…/media-release-people-with-disability-h…
New data on the frequency and content of public concerns about the sex work industry in NSW show no need for any increased control over premises used to supply services. A survey of complaints made to 16 diverse Local government areas over the past two years showed… read more
Five high-profile Australians have been announced as the inauguralPatrons of Touching Base. See our Media Release for more info and quotes Touching Base Patron Event Media Release (PDF 425KB)
On Tuesday 12 April the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, the Human Rights Disabilities Commissioner Graeme Innes AM and Eva Cox AO assisted in launching the new ‘Policy and Procedural Guide for disability service providers supporting clients to access sex workers’, with 120 enthusiastic supporters at Customs House, Sydney.
In support of the launch, sponsored through a grant from the City of Sydney, the Hon. Michael Kirby addressed the gathering by way of a pre-recorded message of support. He observed that,
“Touching Base is trying to develop a liaison, a contact, a conversation between sex workers and people with disabilities” and to “deny sexual expression to human beings, cuts them off from that aspect of their personalities and of their happiness and you have a lot of very frustrated and very unhappy people.”.
See our Media Release for more info and quotes Media Release touching base policy launch April 12- 2011 (PDF 142MB) More photographs and MPEGs of all the insightful and moving speeches will be posted to the Gallery in our Resources section as they become available.
Touching Base President Saul Isbister also announced that all donations to Touching Base for $2.00 or more are now tax deductible, as he proudly launched a new fundraising flyer – also paid for with a grant from the City of Sydney.
Her Excellency, Prof Marie Bashir A.C. the Governor of NSW, launched our website and presenting all the students who have worked with us on the project with Certificates of Appreciation from Touching Base NSW.
A huge thanks to all the kind folks who have contributed to the development of this site, and especially our major sponsers Petersham RSL for donating the Website Launch venue @Newtown and food and beverages to all our guests.