WHO IS CID

Council for Intellectual Disability (CID) works for and with people with intellectual disability to actively promote inclusion, equality and rights.

The majority of CID Board members and the CID’s Chairperson are people with intellectual disability.

CID has been playing a critical role in the lives of many people with intellectual disability and their families for more than 60 years.

CID enables and supports people with intellectual disability to be active and informed participants on decision-making bodies within their communities and within government.

Central to all CID's work is advocating for the rights of people with intellectual disability and empowering them to have their own voice on issues which impact them.

The CID team advocating with members of parliament

WHAT IS ADVOCACY AT CID

• CID gives people with intellectual disability a voice so they are active and informed participants where key decisions are being made that will impact them.

• CID also enables people with intellectual disability to become leaders in the community and role models for others.

• CID supports people with intellectual disability to attend and be members of many Committees, Working Groups and Boards where the decisions made impact people with intellectual disability. This kind of support requires considerable resources before, during and after meetings.

• CID works in partnership with universities, academics, the private sector, non-government and government agencies on policy development and research.

• CID advocates on key and critical issues for people with intellectual disability.

CID campaigners calling for an end to deadly disability discrimination

WHAT IMPACT DOES CID’S ADVOCACY HAVE FOR PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY?

CID’s advocacy makes the lives of people intellectual disability:

Better. Better employment conditions, better health care, better housing options, better care, better choice.

Safer. Safer public transport, safer from attacks and abuse, safer schools

Fairer. Fairer justice system, fairer care service and housing contracts

CID’s advocacy also saves the lives of people with intellectual disability.

38% of people with intellectual disability die from preventable deaths.

CID is working to end the poor training of some health professionals on intellectual disability matters and the deadly disability discrimination which still exists in the health services.

CID members meet with politicians Tanya Plibersek and Jenny Macklin

WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF CID’s ADVOCACY DISAPPEARS

The voice of people with intellectual disability in NSW will be largely silenced.

People with intellectual disability will not be able to fully participate on Committees, Working Groups and Boards without CID’s specialist support.

Issues important to people with intellectual disability will not be addressed.

The specialist advocacy support and expertise of CID will be lost.

Quality of life for people with intellectual disability will be put at risk.

The lives of people with intellectual disability will be put at greater risk.

CAMPAIGNING FOR DISABILITY ADVOCACY IN NSW

Don’t Silence Us is a campaign of Council for Intellectual Disability (CID). As a member of the NSW Disability Advocacy Alliance, we are also part of the Stand By Me campaign that is calling on the NSW Government not to ditch disability advocacy.

Add your voice by taking action at the Stand By Me campaign website, on Facebook and Twitter.

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