The Tricky Bits - Bolshy Divas submission
'This submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into a Disability Care and Support Scheme must have been a refreshing change for the Commissioners and bureaucrats. It's intent and arguments are every bit as serious and valid as the more usual formats for such submissions.' - Keeping up with Down Syndrome NSW
The Divas spent a long time talking to people with disability in WA before compiling this submission to the Productivity Commission.
In the submission, we said;
You already know what is important, but we want to reiterate the view of
many other people with disability, their families and advocates.
This scheme is for people with disability, not for service providers.
Not for governments, not for empires or private agendas.
This scheme is for people who are as individual as as their fingerprints.
This scheme is to help overcome the barriers that people have which are
caused by disability, but it has to be more than that. It has to be a scheme
that helps people with disability live their lives well.
We’ll reiterate what others have already said. The UNCRPD needs to be the
set of underlying principles when developing every part of the scheme - not
just the broad outline, but in every detail of the implementation. And people
with disability must be at the centre of developing, governing, monitoring and
reviewing the NDIS.
People don’t fit neatly into boxes, and differences aren’t just caused by
They’re caused by culture, attitude, hopes, dreams, fears, geography.
They’re caused by family, support and lack of available services and supports.
The new scheme has to be broad, flexible, and responsive to the changing needs of a diverse (non) group of people.
We think they listened. But we're not sure the voices who matter in Western Australia are listening.
You can download the Bolshy Diva submission here.