This online engagement was hosted on YourSAy from 6 August 2019 to 30 August 2019. Find out more about the consultation process. Below is a record of this engagement.
We are developing a State Disability Inclusion Plan, or State Plan, to remove physical and attitudinal barriers and make our community more accessible and inclusive. Being able to access and participate in society are fundamental human rights. To achieve change, the State Plan will align with and be guided by the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The principles adopted by the National Disability Strategy 2010-2020, Australia’s response to the Convention are:
- Respect for inherent dignity, individual autonomy including the freedom to make one’s own choices, and independence of persons
- Full and effective participation and inclusion in society
- Respect for difference and acceptance of persons with disability as part of human diversity and humanity
- Equality of opportunity
- Equality between men and women
- Respect for the evolving capacities of children with disability and respect for the right of children with disability to preserve their identities.
These principles will inform all the actions in the State Plan to achieve meaningful change and help realise our vision of an accessible and inclusive South Australia.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a significant innovation which gives eligible participants funding for disability supports. This offers people with disability greater choice and control over their lives, however there may be barriers in accessing mainstream services used by everyone, such as health, transport, education.
The Disability Inclusion Act 2018 (the Act) was passed last year to address barriers in mainstream services and improve inclusion across all areas of life. This requires a coordinated and consistent approach across State Government. To set our priorities and identify meaningful changes, we are developing our first State Plan. We will report on the outcomes every year and review the plan every four years.
Our aim is to ensure people with disability can participate in social, economic and civic life and use mainstream services on an equal basis. The State Plan will also consider diversity and the specific needs of people with disability who face additional barriers due to their age, gender or cultural background.
To create a shared vision and set our priorities for the State Plan, we are seeking feedback from people with lived experience and the community more broadly. The State Plan will reflect our shared values and principles of equality and fairness.
To facilitate the engagement process for the State Plan, JFA Purple Orange have been engaged by Department of Human Services.