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Media Release: ACT Budget 7 June 2016

 

Time to move disability into the 21st century

“We’re giving it 5 out of 10” says Christina Ryan, CEO of Advocacy for Inclusion.

“ACT Budget 2016 is a boring budget which could have offered so much more in innovation and progressing rights for people with disabilities, but which rolls out more solutions from the 1980s with further marginalisation of people with disabilities living with violence, and a government fixated on congregate living arrangements.”

The delivery of disability rights has stalled as the ACT government continues to focus on the NDIS to an almost total exclusion of anything else.

As all the energy continues to go into NDIS transition, other disability policy has been left by the wayside as both ACT and federal governments drop the bundle on National Disability Strategy implementation. “Today should have seen the National Strategy progressed, but there is nothing in this Budget”, said Ms Ryan, “to say we are disappointed is an understatement. We are tired of a lack of vision and innovation in disability policy.”

“Of great concern is the announcement of a major family violence package which will further marginalise people with disabilities who experience violence in their own homes. The budget package, and legislation tabled in the Legislative Assembly today, specifically excludes people with disabilities who live in congregate and shared accommodation”, continued Ms Ryan, “yet the ACT government is actively pushing these options as the places where people with disabilities should live.”

People with disabilities have a right to equality and to be covered equally by the laws that cover other Canberrans; this includes the right to be safe in their own homes. ACT Budget 2016 has further eroded that right, and further marginalised people with disabilities, when it should be part of making those rights real. “Most insultingly, people with disabilities will still be required to pay the levy, applied to all households except public housing, to cover the family violence package, yet many won’t be able to call on the services funded by it”, Ms Ryan said.

The full Advocacy for Inclusion analysis is available on our website.

For more information: 6257 4005 - Carla Millner Bradley

Media Release – 14 May 2015

 

The Control & Choice Expo is bigger and better than ever!

 

The Control & Choice Expo is back! Following the success of the first Expo in 2014, and by popular demand, Advocacy for Inclusion is holding this large charity event again in 2015.

"We are very excited" said Christina Ryan, General Manager of Advocacy for Inclusion, "over half this year's exhibitors are new. This is one of the biggest disability events in Canberra."

This year sees several new early intervention services exhibiting what they have to offer children with disabilities. "We are also really pleased with the number of exhibitors from the mental health sector" said Ms Ryan.

Once again several modified vehicle makers will attend, alongside a massive array of support and equipment providers.

"The Expo is an incredible opportunity to see, touch, and try what's out there. People with disabilities can really think about what they want by seeing and touching it," enthused Ms Ryan. "Many people with disabilities have had to get by with whatever is given to them, and have never had the opportunity to make choices about what services or equipment they use. That will all change with the NDIS."

This year will see everything from wheelchairs to parenting services, domestic services to life coaching, employment supports to accessible travel agents. "The range of products and services is enormous", continued Ms Ryan.

The first Control & Choice Expo was put together by Advocacy for Inclusion when we realised that people with disabilities had no idea what the NDIS might do for them, and how their life might become the life that they want. By popular demand the second Expo will be on Thursday 21 May 2015, 10 am to 4 pm at EPIC.

Control & Choice Expo website http://www.controlandchoiceexpo.org.au

Comment:
Christina Ryan
Office 6257 4005

 

 Media Release – 26 March 2014

Seeking builders for the NDIS

 

Builders and home modifications experts will be eagerly sought by people with disabilities once the National Disability Insurance Scheme launches (NDIS) in Canberra on 1 July 2014.

“Many people with disabilities will want modifications to their homes,” said Christina Ryan, General Manager at Advocacy for Inclusion, “and now is the time for builders to start thinking of them as a target market”.

Advocacy for Inclusion is holding the Control & Choice Expo on 22 May 2014 to show people with disabilities what products and services are available for them to spend their NDIS money on. “We want builders to be at the Expo” said Ms Ryan.

People with disabilities will want ramps, bathrooms modifications, air conditioning & climate systems, electronic doors, lighting systems, and much more to increase their independence in their own homes.

“People with disabilities will want to see these products and services at the Control & Choice Expo in May, we encourage builders and home modifications experts to get on board and start working with people with disabilities”, Ms Ryan concluded.

More information about the Control & Choice Expo is at http://www.advocacyforinclusion.org/

Exhibitor registrations for the Expo close on 16 April 2014.

 

Comment:

Christina Ryan

General Manager 

Office 6257 4005

 

MEDIA RELEASE
3 June 2014

 

A Modest Budget for Disability

The ACT Government continues its well-structured transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme with its 2014 Budget, but people with disabilities are in danger of being left behind as Canberra moves rapidly towards a digital economy.

"Of primary concern is the non-human rights compliant congregate respite facility for children," said Christina Ryan, General Manager of Advocacy for Inclusion. "The NDIS will see the end of this Victorian era type of disability care and it is disappointing to see the ACT government building more with this Budget."

Key concerns with this budget:

1. People with disabilities are in danger of being left behind as Canberra moves towards being a digital economy. Less than 50% currently have independent internet access.
2. Construction of a non-human rights compliant congregate respite facility for children with disabilities.
3. The ACT government isn't taking responsibility for ACT people with disabilities being NDIS ready.
4. Continuing uncertainty about the availability of independent disability advocacy as demand increases with the NDIS.
The 2014 ACT Budget contains some welcome initiatives, although spending on disability is modest - reflecting the current fiscal environment.

Positive initiatives in the 2014 ACT Budget:

1. Support for concessions schemes adversely affected by the Federal Budget.
2. Funding to support the new Out of Home Care Strategy also benefits parents with disabilities.
3. Welcome capital works to support more accessible education, a more accessible Supreme Court, disability housing and the ACTION Bus fleet upgrade.
4. Long overdue funding injection to increase subsidy levels under the Taxi Subsidy Scheme.
5. Reduction in fees for quarterly vehicle registration payments.
"We expect the ACT government to proactively support our role as active citizens in the ACT community. This Budget contributes modestly towards this, but there is still a very long way to go," concluded Ms Ryan.

For more information: 6257 4005 - Carla Millner Bradley or Ellen Read

 

Media Release – 19 August 2013

New Voting Information Pack for people with disabilities

 

"All Australian citizens have the right to vote, but people with disabilities don’t always feel confident in exercising that right,” said Christina Ryan, General Manager at Advocacy for Inclusion.

A new Voting Information Pack released today will assist people with disabilities, in plain English, to understand voting, identify their key issues, assess candidate and party positions, and go and vote.

The pack has been developed following consultation with our self-advocacy network and answers many of the questions that they have raised about their right to vote.

Some people have taken their name off the electoral roll because they don’t understand voting. Others have never bothered to get enrolled because they find it too confusing.

“We hope this new Voting Pack will change that and assist many voters with disabilities to get out there and participate,” Ms Ryan said.

Advocacy for Inclusion will distribute the Voting Information Pack to our Self-advocacy Network, and follow up with a special meeting to answer questions and explain the Pack in more detail.

The Voting Information Pack is now available on the Advocacy for Inclusion website at www.advoacyforinclusion.org

 

Comment:

Christina Ryan

 

Office 6257 4005

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