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.
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