Getting practical for people with disabilities and their carers

Getting practical for people with disabilities and their carers

Posted December 3, 2011

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Carers Australia applauds the Prime Minister’s announcement today, on International Day of People with Disability, about setting up a government agency to lead the work in getting practical results for people with disabilites and those who are part of their care teams.

“In these financially tight times it is good to see the Prime Minster continuing to commit to real and sustainable change for people with disabilities,” said Ara Cresswell, CEO of Carers Australia.

“We believe that a government agency with the National Disability Insurance Scheme as its primary focus has the potential to to turn clever policy proposals into lasting and practical action.  This is one more step in the building of a nation that is both equitable and accessible to and for all Australians,” she continued.

“International Day of People with Disability is sanctioned by the United Nations, a day to celebrate  people with disabilities; a day to promote and encourage the human rights and well-being of all people with disabilities.

“It is heartening that the Prime Minister has made this announcement on this internationally important day and we look forward to working with the new agency in the development and implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme,” Ms Cresswell stated. 

For media inquiries contact Rosemary Spry (02) 6122 9911 or 0429 996 258.

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