In The Media | 20 June 2016

Wide Bay candidates warned to not forget disabled

NO FEDERAL election candidate in Wide Bay can afford to overlook the voting power of people with disabilities, nor their families and supporters.

According to National Disability Services, the peak body for non-government disability services, Wide Bay has 4100 residents eligible for services funded by the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

They, their families and the organisations that support them are looking for clear signs from Wide Bay candidates that they would be strong advocates for disability services in parliament.

NDS’s data also shows that when fully implemented in Wide Bay, the NDIS will create 779 new full-time-equivalent jobs in disability services, and boost the regoin’s economy by spending $148 million on disability supports, equipment and other services.

Source: The Gympie Times