Which of the following statements best describes you?

  • I’m a parent / guardian or other family member of a person with disability

Question 1:
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?

Nil input.

Question 2:
What do you think about the guiding principles proposed here?

Nil input.

Question 3:
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 believe that people with disabilities need better access to tools and supports to help “level the playing field”. For example, my visually impaired child plays a musical instrument in an ensemble and also participates in AMEB exams. Until recently, I could not get the equipment he needed to help him see his music nor was I able to find any supports to help us identify the equipment most appropriate for him. We had to wait over a year from identifying the problem to getting a solution funded through NDIS. Now he has the equipment he is excited to see all the parts of the music that he couldn’t see, but must have been playing through feel and memory.

Question 4:
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?

About time! I would also like to see “a one stop shop” that can be contacted to help navigate and direct to the correct information.

Question 5:
How do you think the Strategy should represent the role that the non-government sector plays in improving outcomes for people with disability?

Organisations could be encouraged to employee people with disability through funding or tax benefits for adaptations or specialised equipment.

Question 6:
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?

What about “a people with disability satisfaction survey” like an employee survey. Yearly survey sent to all people with a disability to assess whether governments are getting it right.

Question 7:
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)?

Nil input.

Question 8:
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?

Nil input.

Question 9:
Is there anything else you would like to share about the ideas and proposals in the position paper?

Nil input.