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New Advocate To Support People Living With Disability

Tags: Tony Piccolo MP / Gawler / Light Electorate / Building Communities / Living With A Disability

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  • By Tony Piccolo
  • Feb 06, 2018
New Advocate To Support People Living With Disability

The local community has welcomed a commitment by the State Government to appoint, if re-elected, an independent Disability Advocate (DA) to safeguard the rights of people living with disability.

The DA will also ensure that South Australians get the support they are entitled to under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Local Member of Parliament, Mr Tony Piccolo said that he understands the DA will:

- Monitor and report to ensure South Australians get the right supports under the NDIS

- Hold the National Disability Insurance Agency and governments to account

- Drive better access and inclusion across mainstream services and in the community

Mr Piccolo said that at the Light Electorate Disability Engagement and Advocacy Network (DEAN) forum held yesterday, he heard from people who felt they were not receiving the support they needed from the NDIS, and particularly those who have been transitioned to the My Aged Care service.

“Despite the existence of a number of advocacy services available, a lot of people living with disability feel they are powerless to influence the “disability bureaucracy,” said Mr Piccolo.

“An independent DA would be a welcome addition to the suite of advocacy services available.”

The DA will be supported by a further $400,000 per annum funding boost for community advocacy organisations aimed at:

- Building a stronger collective voice for people living with disability in South Australia and lifting community capacity to advocate for peoples’ needs and expectations in NDIS plan reviews

- Supporting challenges to NDIA decisions

- Advocating across mainstream services and in the community

Mr Piccolo said by providing a stronger voice for people living with disability will help improve service delivery, business practice and social inclusion.

The Light Electorate Disability Engagement and Advocacy Network (DEAN) forum also identified a number of infrastructure improvements that would improve the quality of life of people living with disability.

At the Forum, a number of service providers and parents with children who are living with disability volunteered to form a committee to advance the objectives of the Forum.

Mr Piccolo said his office would continue to provide support to the group.

 

 

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