OUR STORIES

Anthony

My name is Anthony Mullholland and I am an advocate with CID. I have learning difficulties.

Transport is something that I am passionate about. I rely on transport. If I don’t have transport, how do I get around? For a lot of people with disability, they can’t drive.

I’m grateful that David [from CID] got me on the board for ATAC. ATAC is the Accessible Transport Advisory Committee, which is a committee for people with disabilities, multiple disabilities.

We come together to talk about transport issues and solutions and it’s really good because it gives us a voice. For a long time people with intellectual disability haven’t had a voice.

I enjoy the advocacy I do because I think that I make a difference to someone else’s life.

I’ve seen over time we’ve achieved a lot of things we never thought would be possible.

It makes me cry to see what the Government’s doing to CID. It’s not very nice, it’s very sad for a lot of us, it makes us upset as well.

I think the government, by silencing our voice… will not make any proper decisions. They will make improper decisions on stuff that people with intellectual disability rely on.

They don’t know, they don’t go through what we have to go through, the hardships and pain and suffering we have to go through, battling every day to achieve a goal. They put obstacles in against us.

It’s not up to them to tell us how to live our life, it should be living our way.

Advocates like Anthony help others every day, now they need your help. Visit our get involved page to take action now.

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Robert

My Name is Robert Strike and I am a CID Board Member. I have intellectual disability. I don’t have a problem talking about it.

People with disabilities used to be told to be quiet. They don’t want to know you back then. But slowly they are letting people with disabilities speak for themselves.

I think that’s important, because people with disabilities like me and my daughters, we always speak up against anybody who thinks we are different.

Labels are not supposed to be on people. Labels are for jars, not for people.

We are no different than anybody else in the community as far as I’m concerned. I think it’s important for us to show that people with intellectual disability can do things like anybody else.

If advocacy is not around it’s a bad thing. I think it will go back to the olden days and I don’t want that. I like changing things.

You used to be locked up in an institution. CID advocacy helped close some institutions down.

I do a lot of advocacy with CID.

I talk to police and security guards about how to treat people with intellectual disability in the right way.

CID sent me to America to the [United Nations disability] conference and we talked about Easy Read … because people can’t read big words. Big long words scare people sometimes.

If CID is not around, where are we gonna go?

It means we are left out in the lurch again.

If our children and our family don’t have advocacy I feel rotten. I think it’s sad if we get the funding cut, you know what I mean?

NSW Government should make certain that advocacy stays around. And make certain that advocacy is always in our lives.

Advocates like Robert help others every day, now they need your help. Visit our get involved page to take action now.

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