Which of the following statements best describes you?
- I’m a person with disability
- I’m a disability advocate and/or work for a disability peak association or service provider
During the first stage of consultations we heard that the vision and the six outcome areas under the current Strategy are still the right ones. Do you have any comments on the vision and outcome areas being proposed for the new Strategy?
With all of these, I feel that it needs to made away of how even with all these things – a person with a disability may not feel they have the autonomy to make these decisions. Particularly when it comes to Economic security.
What do you think about the guiding principles proposed here?
Make things accessible even if a person cannon make it physically – aka zoom.
What is your view on the proposal for the new Strategy to have a stronger emphasis on improving community attitudes across all outcome areas?
I like this idea; however, as someone who lives in a regional town I doubt it will ACTUALLY happen.
Even if the intention is written out – whether councils actually follow it is another thing. In my council I see the bare minimum when it comes to making the town more accessible.
How do you think that clearly outlining what each government is responsible for could make it easier for people with disability to access the supports and services they need?
Yes I do. But there needs to also be checks and balances of someone keeping them accountable and reviewing how well they ACTUALLY provide those services.
How do you think the Strategy should represent the role that the non-government sector plays in improving outcomes for people with disability?
Provide mandatory free training to open up the world of disability to people who might not be aware of what they need to do.
Engage with an access consult who will guide them on what can be done to make the business more equitable to disabled people.
What kind of information on the Strategy’s progress should governments make available to the public and how often should this information be made available?
I think all the information should be made available.
– Whether they can access the world outside of their town and whether they feel connected to the wider world
– Whether they can access services they need to live independently
Report every 9-12 months.
What do you think of the proposal to have Targeted Action Plans that focus on making improvements in specific areas within a defined period of time (for example within one, two or three years)?
Access and community visibility.
How could the proposed Engagement Plan ensure people with disability, and the disability community, are involved in the delivery and monitoring of the next Strategy?
Make the ability to engage via a zoom call if (like me) they live in the country but want to be involved.
Podcast to keep people who just want to know what is going on – updated.
Is there anything else you would like to share about the ideas and proposals in the position paper?