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Improving opportunities and outcomes for people with disability

By Fiona - 19 May 2009 13

Just seen in my inbox, I know a few members here who might be interested 🙂

    The ACT Government is updating its policy framework to improve outcomes and opportunities for Canberrans who have a disability. The policy will guide priority areas for disability policy and service delivery through to 2014.

    Community conversation forums on the policy framework are open for all interested community members including people with disability, their families and carers, as well as community, business and government agencies.

    Forums will be held at 12 noon; 1pm; 5pm and 6pm on the following dates:

    — Tuesday 26 May – Hellenic Club, Woden
    — Wednesday 27 May – Burns Club, Kambah
    — Tuesday 2 June – Belconnen Library
    — Wednesday 3 June – Ainslie Football Club

    Submissions can also be made in writing, over the phone or through audio tape by 26 June 2009.

    For more information and copies of the consultation document, contact:

    T: Sam 6205 7199 or Fiona – 6207 5594
    E:disability.sgg@act.gov.au

    Information at: www.dhcs.act.gov.au/disability_act/sgg

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    Some of the priorities previously identified were:
    I want the right support, right time, right place
    I want to contribute to the community
    I want to socialise and engage in the community
    I want to know what I need to know
    I want to tell my story once
    I want a quality service system

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13 Responses to
Improving opportunities and outcomes for people with disability
s-s-a 10:15 pm 28 May 09

Neither. I’m reporting on what happened.

Granny 9:12 pm 28 May 09

Are you trying to convince people to go or not to go?

s-s-a 9:04 pm 28 May 09

I was asked at the workshop what additional priority I would add relating to funding.

My response was that what I wanted was for the invisible riders that go along the lines of “depending on funding available” be either spelled out or removed.

There is a big difference between “I want the right support, right time, right place” and “I want the right support, right time, right place but only if I am high enough up the priority list”.

Discussion at the workshop I attended also focused on wanting more direct control and flexibility of resources to obtain support. Which is another recurring theme. Despite a big push by the department in 2003-06 – with strong support from the head honcho – with a project to actually get this happening, nobody wanted to sign up when it was ready to go and it’s fallen in a heap. But now they are asking for it again!?

Granny 11:52 am 28 May 09

I am positive willo!

; )

It’s not me who believes that nothing can change.

I am making my voice heard, don’t you worry about that.

I believe that the ACT really does want to be a leader in education and social justice.

I am realistic enough to know that there will be disappointments, but I think that most people in the system are trying to do the right thing and make what difference they can.

“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge – myth is more potent than history – dreams are more powerful than facts – hope always triumphs over experience – laughter is the cure for grief – love is stronger than death”Robert Fulghum

willo 11:26 am 28 May 09

Granny said :

s-s-a said :

Granny’s response is no real surprise. I suspect she might feel differently had she been around in 2001-02 when there were similar workshops following release of the Gallop Report.

Let’s all just give up and die. It’s no use. Nothing can be changed anyway. Nothing ever changes in the whole of history. Effort is futile. Why get out of bed in the morning? Why even breathe?

Then again I have plenty of friends that were around in 2001-2002 and even decades before, who are still in there fighting for change.

There are some people who believe that women deserve the vote and don’t care if the carriage runs over them. So what if they didn’t live to see it? They fought for it till the end because they believed in it, and life wasn’t worth living without it.

If you can’t take the heat, why are you in the kitchen at all?

s-s-a said :

Myself and another member of my household will be attending. It’s only an hour.

Why bother?

aww….i want “positive granny” back……

Granny 11:11 am 28 May 09

s-s-a said :

Granny’s response is no real surprise. I suspect she might feel differently had she been around in 2001-02 when there were similar workshops following release of the Gallop Report.

Let’s all just give up and die. It’s no use. Nothing can be changed anyway. Nothing ever changes in the whole of history. Effort is futile. Why get out of bed in the morning? Why even breathe?

Then again I have plenty of friends that were around in 2001-2002 and even decades before, who are still in there fighting for change.

There are some people who believe that women deserve the vote and don’t care if the carriage runs over them. So what if they didn’t live to see it? They fought for it till the end because they believed in it, and life wasn’t worth living without it.

If you can’t take the heat, why are you in the kitchen at all?

s-s-a said :

Myself and another member of my household will be attending. It’s only an hour.

Why bother?

s-s-a 9:35 am 28 May 09

Ok so what did people think?

s-s-a 9:36 am 21 May 09

They would probably have more of them at libraries except, for example, the public meeting area at Woden Library is upstairs with no lift access…

Granny’s response is no real surprise. I suspect she might feel differently had she been around in 2001-02 when there were similar workshops following release of the Gallop Report. They came up with very similar goals and aspirations, which the government has tried to implement but is being largely hamstrung by massive underfunding compared to need, which means bureaucrats (necessarily) spend more time deciding who gets access to the money than actually doing much worthwhile with it.

Myself and another member of my household will be attending. It’s only an hour.

willo 8:05 am 21 May 09

i’m a bit bummed that the only one in my part of town is to be held at the library……cant us belconnenites be trusted at a club?

Fiona 9:10 am 20 May 09

Nuh-ah. This Fiona is another Fiona, different from the Sex Party Fiona and the one with the phone number up there 🙂

I do work within DHCS though, so have an interest in disability issues.

I-filed 11:01 pm 19 May 09

Well at least it isn’t the Sex Party’s answer to Charmyne Palavi, Fiona Patten, on the topic of her sex bus carting the disabled around for sex services in brothels as a public service. One of the saddest things on tv recently was a doco about three disabled men going on holiday to experience sex. It ended up being dreadful for one of them – he realised he would prefer not to have known what he’s missing out on.

bd84 10:34 pm 19 May 09

Coincidence that an Auditor-General’s report on the same subject came out on the same day?

Wondering if the Fiona posting the story happens to the same Fiona listed as a contact for information too.

Maybe I’m just being cynical today..

Granny 12:52 pm 19 May 09

Thanks so much for posting this, Fiona! I really appreciate it.

: )

Well, how exciting!! This is awesome! I will probably aim for the one at Belconnen Library I think.

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