News | 3 August 2020

Advocacy groups call for better support for people with disability

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Update: Friday August 7

VALID and Inclusion Australia have issued a joint statement following reports from the ABC and The Guardian about COVID-19 infections across 47 group homes in Victoria.

👉 Read the VALID & Inclusion Australia media release here – Act now to keep people with disability safe: alarm at the extent of COVID-19 infections in Victoria’s disability group homes.

A joint statement led by Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA) was released on Sunday. The organisations want all governments to make sure people still get the support they need while restrictions are in place.

And that support workers have enough PPE and training so everyone can stay safe.

👉 You can read the full statement here – The NDIA and Victorian Government must prioritise people with disability so they do not suffer in Stage 4 lockdowns

The statement was supported by Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA), All Means All – The Australian Alliance for Inclusive Education (All Means All), Imagine More, Inclusion Australia, Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA), People with Disability Australia (PWDA), Disability Advocacy Network Australia (DANA), Queensland Collective for Inclusive Education (QCIE), YDAS Youth Disability Advocacy Network, YDAS Youth Disability Advocacy Service, Down Syndrome Australia, Centre of Research Excellence in Disability and Health, Family Advocacy, Queensland Advocacy Incorporated (QAI), NEDA National Ethnic Disability Alliance, and Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO).

Victorian disability advocacy organisations VALID and Women with Disabilities Victoria (WDV) released a joint statement today.

They are calling on the Federal and Victorian State governments to urgently work to prevent coronavirus outbreaks in group homes.

👉 You can read the media release here – People with a disability must be a care priority


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