South Australia celebrates International Day of People with Disability

03.12.2018

Today’s International Day of People with Disability marks a day to empower people living with disability and ensure inclusiveness and equality.

Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink said IDPWD was about celebrating people with disability and acknowledge that disability comes in many forms.

“Today recognises the wonderful achievements of people with disability and promote a better understanding of disability issues,” said Minister Lensink.

“People living with disability make valuable contributions to the community and all South Australians can learn from their strength and courage.

“Currently in South Australia we are implementing the NDIS, which provides a range of new opportunities for inclusion, choice and control for people living with disability.

“We’re also putting together SA’s first State Disability Inclusion Plan, which will list outcome areas to improve access and inclusion for all people with disability.

“The plan is a direct result of the Disability Inclusion Act 2018 and will take into consideration the needs of people with disability who are often subject to additional layers of discrimination and exclusion.

In addition to the legislative reform, the Liberal Government has already implemented a number of measures to increase inclusiveness and equality for people with disability.”

These include:

• A commitment to build an inclusive playground in the CBD to honour Quentin Kenihan’s life: The Liberal Government will work with the City of Adelaide to ensure the disability advocate’s dream becomes a reality.

• Appointment of Disability Advocate: Dr David Caudrey has been appointed to the role of SA Disability Advocate to identify and improve any systemic issues as a result of the disability reform process in South Australia.

• The Housing Hub: A new website connecting South Australians with disability to specific housing options available in the community providing an easy way to search housing that fits specific needs. www.thehousinghub.org.au

• Disability Inclusion Act 2018: A legal framework to support equal access and participation for people with disability in the community including in recreation, education, health, employment and transport.

For more information on International Day of People with Disability, visit www.idpwd.com.au
 

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