People with intellectual disability have a right to be heard.
More than 660,000 people in Australia have intellectual disability.
The NSW Government wants to shut down Council for Intellectual Disability’s (CID) invaluable advocacy work by cutting its funding from July 2018.
It says that since the creation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), NSW no longer needs a Minister for Disability Services, and no longer needs disability advocacy.
But the NDIS does not protect people with intellectual disability’s right to safe, fair and inclusive treatment on public transport, or in schools, hospitals, and workplaces.
CID has been standing up for people with intellectual disability and enabling them to have their own voice on decisions that impact on them for more than 60 years.
CID members are running this “Don’t Silence Us” campaign to ask the Premier of NSW to guarantee on-going funding for CID. Find out more and how you can take action to support their campaign.
WHAT IT MEANS TO US
What would it mean to some of CID’s members if they cut advocacy funding for Council for Intellectual Disability?
“If advocacy is cut, we lose our independence, it means we are going backwards instead of forwards. So we want to move forwards, we don’t want to go back to the dark ages.”
“I hope they don’t (cut funding) because it will really hurt a lot of us that really thrive on how CID has helped us and we are very grateful for the support they have provided us throughout our life.”
“It means we are left out in the lurch again.”
"It’s important to have advocacy to help people if they can’t talk, or if they can’t read or write, you need to have advocacy because they help you and they give you a voice.”
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"Advocacy groups are like a telephone line that helps people with a disability to be heard clearly." - Leigh Creighton
A report on the Parliamentary Forum held on 16 November 2017 with Stand By Me, our sister campaign as part of the NSW Disability Advocacy Alliance.
Sydney Morning Herald, 17 Nov 2017