The future of the NDIS is a hot topic, but what does this mean for young people with disability and have we heard enough of these voices throughout this Federal election campaign?
So how do we turn this attention from a ‘moment’ into longer-lasting momentum for the change we need to see to create a better future for young people living with disabilities?
Are you a person with a disability aged 16-24 and have ideas you want to share?
Register now for CPActive’s Youth Future Forum from 7pm on Monday 9 May.
The Forum is your chance to join other like-minded young people for a discussion about what the future could look like.
It could be something local like making a local sporting oval more accessible. Or discuss your experience in areas like education and employment. Or the lack of media representation of young people with a physical disability.
Or it could be something else entirely … it’s up to you and others in this small group chat.
This is your opportunity to be part of something new and co-design and grow a movement from the very beginning.
Register now for this free online event from 7pm on Monday.
Captions and Auslan interpretation will be provided.
The future is unwritten – we’d love you to be part of this.
Yours in action,
PS. If you can’t make it on Monday night but would like to be part of this new movement, email Teigan at firstname.lastname@example.org
The NDIS has been a gamechanger for people with cerebral palsy, empowering our community with freedom and choice. But the NDIS is at a crossroads – help us to ensure that the NDIS isn’t forgotten about this election day.
Join Cerebral Palsy Alliance for a fun, empowering day of community action on 28 April on the NSW Central Coast.
You can meet your local Federal election candidates, ask them how they’ll support people with disability and their families, and help make our voices heard.
You can also gather your friends and family, meet other people with lived experience of CP and enjoy a good chat over a cup of tea, and some musical entertainment, grab a lego fun pack and hear from a panel of speakers about their experiences.
DEFEND OUR NDIS: NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION COMMUNITY EVENT
10.00-11.30am. Thursday 28 April
Parkview Room, Central Coast Leagues Club, Gosford
Free event, RSVP here for catering: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/defend-our-ndis-national-day-of-action-community-tickets-310157668937
Help ensure the NDIS isn’t forgotten about on election day.
The CPActive team hopes to see you there!
Don’t live in Gosford or surrounds? There’ll be local events happening all over Australia on 28 April.
Look up an event near you here: https://everyaustraliancounts.com.au/election-events/
CPActive recognises the long-standing hard work of disability advocates in opposing the NDIS independent assessments and their big win in having the proposal scrapped.
In February more than 20 organisations, led by Every Australian Counts, called on the Federal Government to abandon the plan, describing it as box-ticking exercise to cut costs.
Disability advocates have for months been warning the independent assessment process was deeply flawed, including media reports of a person living with a disability who requires a wheelchair for mobility being assessed as not needing wheelchair support.
The majority of Australians support the NDIS and its aim of placing choice and control with people living with a disability. It is vital any change to the NDIS is evidence-based, co-designed with people living with a disability and does not leave any one worse off.
You can read more in this Guardian article here:
Yesterday the Federal government released its budget, which included another boost to the NDIS as well as new funds for community and support services.
Here’s a brief breakdown of what’s new:
What’s in the budget for the NDIS?
The budget invested an extra $13.2 billion in the NDIS, bringing its total extra Federal Government funding to $17.1 billion. The Government is expected to spend $23.3 billion in NDIS supports this financial year, and is projected to reach $32 billion in 2024-25. There’s also an extra $12.3 million to boost the number of disability support workers under the NDIS.
What’s in it for women?
There’s some good news for women too, with nearly a billion dollars in the budget to support victims of family and domestic violence. Additionally, $10.7 million for teaching young people about respectful relationships in schools. A women’s safety package of $1.1 billion, including financial support and emergency accommodation, will be rolled out, with a further $376.2 million for legal support. The government will also provide $20.5 million toward implementing the recommendations of the Human Rights Commission’s Respect@Work report. Nearly $27 million set aside for people living with eating disorders. The Pelvic Pain Foundation will get $5 million to roll out a program on endometriosis for school students, and there’s extra money for breast and ovarian cancer support, too.
$2 billion being delivered toward early education, allowing universal free access to preschools around the country. Children will receive at least 15 hours a week, beginning from mid-2022. Australian schools will also receive an increase in funding from $13.8 billion in 2014 to $23.4 billion in 2021.
What’s in the budget for health?
$1.5 billion will go to telehealth services and COVID-19 testing as well as outbreak prevention in remote communities. $1.5 billion will go to telehealth services and COVID-19 testing as well as outbreak prevention in remote communities.
For mental health?
The budget includes $2.3 billion for mental health and suicide prevention measures. Headspace will get an extra $278 million over four years, and there’s cash for mental health services for FIFO workers, and to support families who’ve lost loved ones to suicide.The government is setting aside $487 million for 40 new services for people aged 25 and over, called Head to Health.
For the very eager among us, here are links to a few more in-depth explainers:
Until next time,
For the CPActive campaign