Call for a Clean Bill of Health for People with Intellectual Disability

Can you help stop Deadly Disability Discrimination by phoning, emailing or writing to Minister Hazzard?

We want the Minister to urgently fund solutions to end preventable deaths for people with intellectual disability. Every minute we delay more lives are put at risk.

Dear Minister Williams,

Today is the first day of Parliament for 2017 and you will commence in your new role as Minister of Disability Services. This is a very important position as you are now responsible for defending and upholding the human rights of all people with intellectual disability in NSW.

Michelle was outgoing and friendly, an accomplished horse rider and much loved by her family and community. Devastatingly, Michelle was just 28 years old when she died, due to meningitis going undiagnosed during a hospital admission.

Her mother Maureen McIlquhan makes this heartfelt plea – “discrimination against patients with intellectual disability has to stop.”

Will you join Maureen and NSW CID to end the deadly cost of disability discrimination?

NSW CID calls on the NSW Government to take immediate action on a landmark study from the University of New South Wales, which shows that people with intellectual disability are more than twice as likely to have preventable deaths as other members of the community. 

Bullying and diversity through language: a new way of thinking about this issue

Through this paper, NSW Council of Intellectual Disability Chairperson, Michael Sullivan identifies language as a key area on which we need to concentrate where action and thoughts are reflected. Language can shape, although we can be much more precise about language.

The NDIS in 2017 – a year of promise but great challenges

The NDIS legislation is about people with substantial disability having an enforceable right to “reasonable and necessary support” and having “choice and control” over how that support is provided and who provides it. It is a fundamental step forward in increasing the availability and individual focus of this support for people with disabilities in Australia.

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Reviewed by Jim Simpson, NSW CID advocate.

Jeremy Ward's personal memoir of raising a child with a disability, The Shouted Goodbye is the story of his daughter, Mena, who grabbed all of life’s opportunities, and his and his wife's determination that she have a full and inclusive life.

This is a must-read book for anyone who believes in a fully inclusive world for people with disabilities. It should also be compulsory reading for the many teachers, disability workers, bureaucrats and politicians who need to better understand and embrace this vision.

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"I know saying good and ordinary sounds like they don’t go together, but they do. People with intellectual disability just want a good ordinary life, like anybody else."

Last week our Chairperson, Michael Sullivan, was the key note speaker at the Ombudsman Forum - Addressing the abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability. Michael delivered an important and powerful speech and raised his voice to speak up on behalf of so many who haven’t been able to. As part of our Speak Up series we are featuring Michael's speech.

Will you speak up about mental health? 

Nothing says 60th birthday party like colourful wigs, glitter capes, inspiring speeches and a pumping dance floor. And this is exactly how we celebrated NSW CID turning 60.


Improving Mental Health in Children with Autism and Intellectual Disability

NSW CID is pleased to share presentations from our recent conference Challenge Change Create.


As the process unfolds for transfer of ADHC disability services to the non-government sector, NSW CID continues to see two safeguards as vital:

There’s more than over 400,000 people with intellectual disability in Australia.

CID Conference Sneak Peek!

We did it!

Parties commit on the health of people with intellectual disability!

My name is Melinda Nay. I am 18 years old.

Using PBS in Australian disability services

CID takes National Action on Health

Transfer of NSW government disability services to the non-government sector

Swallowing Difficulty and People with Intellectual Disability – Part 3

Swallowing - 5 Facts for People with Intellectual Disability

Swallowing Difficulty and People with Intellectual Disability – Part 1

My House

Transfer of NSW government disability services to the non-government sector

Information, Linkages & Capacity Building Commissioning Framework

A chat with our Chairperson Michael Sullivan on World Down Syndrome Day 2016.

So what happened with our ADHC Position Statement?

Creating Positive Change

My Health Record – opt out trials in Nepean Blue Mountains and North Queensland

Be part of what will be an inclusive, informative, interactive, informative, and influential event.

September 14 & 15, 2016. 

CID Life Member Jeanette Moss pays tribute to ‘Marj’ McDonald – a CID stalwart and formidable advocate. 

Guest Post - Alice Nicholas Conference Convenor 

Come join us at the 2015 ASID Conference - "Making it Real Together".

Everyone is planning for the future and so is CID!
Find out what is next for CID...

CID TV was launched on October 21st at our AGM.
What fun it was!
There was news, stories, regional reports and entertainment.

Want know what we have been doing?
Check out our annual report! 

Guest post by Sally Robinson

"Protecting children is everyone's business" - It is especially worth thinking about how much really goes into making the protection of children and young people with intellectual disability everyone's business.

NSW CID wants to say something and wants to say it loud and clear.

We have a guest blogger this week as part of Speech Pathology Week.
Speech Pathologist Laura Blasdale has kindly agreed to tell NSW CID more about the world of speech pathology. Thanks Laura…..

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