Recent research into disability support repeatedly confirms what people with disabilities and their families know by bitter experience: Australia’s old-fashioned, unfair, welfare system of piecemeal disability service damages the lives of many Australians.
2011 PricewaterhouseCoopers Report – Disability Expectations – Investing in a better life, a stronger Australia.
2011 Australian Government Productivity Commission Report: Disability Care and Support
2009 – DIG report – MTC
In 2009 The National People with Disabilities and Carer Council released the report Shut Out: The Experience of People with Disabilities and their Families in Australia, which documented:
- The everyday struggle of people with a disability, their families and carers to access basic services the rest of the community takes for granted.
- Daily battles against exclusion, discrimination and negative social attitudes.
- People with a disability, their families and carers are amongst the most disadvantaged groups in the nation.
- People with a disability are less likely to complete their education, less likely to be employed and more likely to be poor and dependent on income support.
- Many families with a member with a disability struggle daily with high rates of physical, emotional and financial stress.
People with a disability, their families and carers made it clear that they do not want to be seen as victims or recipients of welfare and charity.
The current system is based on a view of people with a disability as grateful recipients of charity rather than potentially empowered consumers capable of choosing what works best for them.
People want removal of the many barriers to their full inclusion in the community and their participation in the social, economic and cultural life of the nation.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme is an entitlement-based funding mechanism, which will provide flexible, person-centred supports so that people can participate in ordinary, daily life.
However, those outcomes delivered through the support of the NDIS mean the scheme can be a powerful driver of systemic and cultural change.
Take action today to show your support for the campaign to see the NDIS become a reality for every Australian.