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International Day of People with Disability logoThe 3rd of December is International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD). It aims to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being.

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Try an Hour of Code

Computer Science Education WeekComputer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) from 7 to 13 December 2015 is dedicated to inspiring children to take interest in computer science. It’s a global initiative with Hour of Code events around the world.

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Are you in?

People's Climate MarchIn the last weekend of November, on the eve of the United Nations climate summit, people will gather in Australian cities and walk alongside millions of people in cities around the world to show that they want an end to fossil fuels and a transition to renewable energy.

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Autism, choice and control under the NDIS

posted by Nancy Sadka, Nov 27, 2015

The NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) is an opportunity for people with Autism to speak out and secure the support they need to live their life and to attain their goals. Nancy Sadka explains how funding under the NDIS is shaped with a person-centered plan.

“I would like to invite you to my life plan meeting on Thursday, February 2, 20….  We will start at 7:00 pm and you will meet the people who are important to me at this stage of my life. The purpose of this meeting is to create a circle of support to help me put in writing my goals and my dreams for my life and how I can accomplish them. Here are some questions you can think about that will help fulfil that purpose…  Thank you for being part of my life.”

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Climate Change

There is no further need for debate over the reality of climate change – the science is incontrovertible. We are experiencing extreme weather patterns everywhere: longer heatwaves, more floods and bushfires. The polar ice is melting and iconic places like the Great Barrier Reef are at grave risk.

Leading up to the Climate Change Conference in Paris in December, we will discuss developments in Australia and worldwide. Where do we stand? How are we tracking? What happens after Paris? And is there any hope?

Australia is one of the largest emitter per capita. So far the new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said he will not consider returning to the carbon trading scheme he once advocated. He ruled out changing the Coalition’s existing climate change polices and wants to stick with Direct Action.

As governments alone are too slow to act, we need to engage business and communities more than we do already. We have to make lowering carbon emission part of our national identity.

What are the economic opportunities in the fight against global warming? Can we have a clean energy revolution that will drive, not hinder, growth? Some anticipate that solar could be globally competitive with coal by 2020. Greenpeace has recently released a report stating that Australia could operate with 100% renewable energy by 2050. How can other new technologies help slow down or even reverse damage done by climate change?

What are the most pressing issues around climate change according to you? Please contact Svetlana at sstankovic@openforum.com.au and share your ideas and concerns with our online community.

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