Disability advocacy funding could end in 2020. CID members are running the Don’t Silence Us campaign to ask the Premier of NSW to guarantee secure, permanent funding for the advocacy work of disability organisations.
The advocacy work of organisations like CID is critically important for improving the lives and protecting the rights of people with intellectual disability.
We urgently need a commitment from the Premier Gladys Berejiklian to guarantee secure, permanent funding for CID and other disability advocacy organisations in NSW.
We have already had some success. The NSW Government had planned to cut advocacy funding in July 2018. But thanks to our campaigning with other disability organisations, the Government extended funding to June 2020.
The NSW Government wants to stop funding for CID’s invaluable advocacy work from July 2020.
What is the NSW Government saying about disability advocacy in NSW?
The NSW Government says that with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), NSW no longer needs disability advocacy. This is wrong – with the NDIS we need disability advocacy more than ever.
- 90% of people with disability in Australia will not meet the eligibility criteria for an NDIS plan.
- The NDIS does not protect people with intellectual disability’s right to safe, fair and inclusive treatment on public transport, or in schools, hospitals, the community and workplaces.
- The NDIS does not fund disability advocacy.
- It is the responsibility of the NSW Government to fund NSW disability advocacy organisations.
The value of CID’s disability advocacy work has been independently assessed:
Professor Christine Bigby, La Trobe University, has recently released a report about the important advocacy work CID does for and with people with intellectual disability. Read more and download the report.
Find out more about our campaign to save disability advocacy on our Don’t Silence Us website.
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My name is Anthony Mullholland and I am an advocate with Council for Intellectual Disability.