Thank you to all our Western Australians...
...for sharing your powerful stories with our decision makers in WA. On Wednesday, a copy of 'The Other 100 Conversations' (you can download the Conversations at right) was presented to our Premier, Colin Barnett and Minister Helen Morton. A copy was also emailed to every politician in Western Australia.
We are still collecting stories, as we received about 130 submissions. More have rolled in this week. If you want to share your story, please feel free to submit through the collector below - we are happy to publish and submit 'The NEXT 100 Conversations' and keep the momentum going.
And before you download the Conversations, take a moment to click here and listen to Bolshy Diva Jo Russell talking about the Conversations on the Wire. Jo sent a powerful message this week to tell our Western Australian government that we need our collective voices to be heard. Thank you, Diva.
An Open Letter to Western Australians with Disability and their Families
The WA Premier thinks that our disability service system works well and that we don’t need a National Disability Insurance Scheme across Australia.
We don’t agree. We want to know what you think should change in WA and what we should keep (what works well).
If you decide to tell your story, we will present it to the Premier to tell him the story of people living with disability and their families in WA and why we need a NDIS for ALL Australians.
You can remain anonymous and tell us about your experience, be profiled in the ‘The Other 100 Conversations’ story or go all out and tell the world (opt to be featured in a magazine, newspaper or radio story). It’s up to you.
About ‘The Other 100 Conversations’ project
In 2009, the Disability Services Commission commissioned Pricewaterhouse Coopers to carry out a consultation that included one hundred conversations with people with a disability and their families and/or carers. But the ‘conversations’ were about experiences with the Commission and with the LAC service, not about their overall experience with disability services in WA.
We have less than one week before Premier Colin Barnett meets with COAG to discuss the future of people with disabilities in WA. On Thursday, we want to present him with 100 ‘other’ conversations – from people with disability and their families who can tell the real story about disability in WA, not a story which has been filtered through a service provider or through the DSC.
We don't think people with disability in WA have a voice and we don't think that the right people are listening. Help us bring your voice to the table when discussing the future of Western Australians with disability and their families.