Creating Positive Change

At CID most of the time you will find us busily undertaking our systemic advocacy work and not often coming up for air! However, we wanted to share more with our supporters about all that we are doing – often systemic work and trying to create change is slow, ongoing and strategic work - it can be hard at times to see progress. But we have learnt over our nearly 60 years of operating, that being determined, unwavering and persistent is a most successful strategy in making things happen!

During the month of February we have met with many people to progress the issues we raised in our Position Statement – What happens when ADHC Stops & the NDIS Starts. This will continue to be a focus in the coming months. To read a full update on this, click here.(INSERT LINK HERE!)

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Jim Simpson, NSW CID & Associate Professor Leanne Dowse, University of NSW at Parliament House Canberra

NSW CID also went to Canberra to work with the Aboriginal Disability Justice Campaign and had a positive meeting with the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the NDIS. This work centred on people with cognitive disability who get into trouble with the law - Indigenous and non-Indigenous; from minor offending through to very serious.  ADJC and NSW CID are seeking equitable access to the NDIS, improved access to appropriate disability support both as an option to detention and in detention and enhanced collaboration between the NDIS & Justice systems.

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Whilst in Canberra, Jim Simpson our Senior Systemic Advocate also meet with senior representatives from the Department of Health and the Department of Social Services. Currently CID is pushing for the inclusion of specific strategies that meet the needs of people with intellectual disability in mental health reforms – there has been little progress. CID will be following this up with the Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley in our meeting in April.


Our NDIS work also continues and we’ve commenced work on our submission about the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building framework of the NDIS. You have your chance to have a say here. CID is especially concerned as to how the ILC will engage with people with intellectual disability who may be on ‘societies fringes’ and will be calling for specific outcome measures to demonstrate how this group will be included in the scheme.

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The Turnbull government announced a new ministry this month and we welcomed the appointment of an Assistant Minister for Disability Services, Jane Prentice. NSW CID has shared with Assistant Minister Prentice information about our key priorities and looks forward to meeting with and working with her in the coming months.

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For those of you who are on Twitter, we’ve had a very engaging month – with our biggest impact yet, mostly following on from a poll we conducted. Unsurprisingly, over 95% of the people we polled agreed that Australia should have a full time Disability Discrimination Commissioner. Twitter has become another valuable resource in our advocacy tool kit – it assists us getting much broader attention on CID issues. Be sure to follow us on Twitter & Facebook if you are not already.

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CID attended the NSW Ombudsman forum on Reportable Conduct this month, which looked at the impact of the scheme since introduced 16 years. It was heartening to see the efforts and commitment from a wide range of agencies, government, police, education providers, advocates, childcare services, recreational groups and religious leaders in working together to prevent the abuse of all children. However, much work still be done, with the alarming fact that people with disability are 2.7 times more likely to suffer abuse.


Finally, CID has been busily planning our annual conference which will be held on September 14th & 15th in Sydney. This exciting event will provide participants the opportunity to not only hear great guest speakers, but to engage in discussions, debates and forums about how the future should be for people with intellectual disability. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you for your ongoing interest and support in CID work.

Aine, Jim and The NSW CID Team

P.S Can you support our work by making a donation to CID?
A very direct way to contribute towards making better lives for people with intellectual disability.

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