International Day of People with Disability: An Important Celebration and Timely Reminder

Written on the 1 December 2016

International Day of People with Disability: An Important Celebration and Timely Reminder

 

More than 4 million Australians live with some form of disability, that's 1 in 5 people or over 18% of the population. People with disability are also more likely to live on or below the poverty line. And that around 12% or 2.7 million people provide informal care to an older person or someone with disability?

These statistics show that disability touches most of us in the community.

'Often the most disabling thing for people living with disability is other people's perceptions about what they can and can't, should or shouldn't do and the barriers this creates within society for them to live independent and rewarding lives', says Mark Kulinski, Chief Executive of Community Living Australia - a local not-for-profit provider of specialist disability support services.

'People with disability have every right to experience what others do in the community such as having fulfilling relationships with friends and families, being fit and healthy, travelling, having a career or work they are passionate about and living independently,' added Mr Kulinski.

Saturday December 3rd - the International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is an opportunity to celebrate people with disability but also to start an important conversation about what the community can do to open doors, provide opportunity and show commitment to supporting people with disability to achieve the simple, everyday things that everybody wants from life.

'The day, a United Nations sanctioned day, aims to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being. This is in line with the aims of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and our organisation,' expressed Mr Kulinski.

'On this day, I call everyone to think about how a person with a disability adds value in their lives and how in turn they can do the same,' added Mr Kulinski.

The timing of the IDPwD is a great opportunity to remind people that the NDIS is not too far away it is already available to children aged 0-14 across the state, and the full rollout will begin to be made available to all people with disability under the age of 65 from 1 October next year to the 1 January 2018, depending on the region you live in. 

'We understand that the NDIS and the changes it brings can be daunting for people and therefore we want to extend the opportunity for anyone who has any questions regarding the NDIS or our services to contact us. We are committed to supporting our clients and all people with disability and their families to successfully transition to the NDIS and would be honoured to provide any support we can in helping them prepare for the scheme,' added Mr Kulinski.


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