Thank you for your support in 2019
What a year it has been.
With your support we have helped people with disability tell their story, won important campaigns, released great new resources and helped other organisations be more inclusive.
Thank you for supporting Council for Intellectual Disability. We look forward to seeing you in the new year.
Below are some highlights from 2019. Why not sit down with your favourite cup and celebrate everything we have achieved together this year.
Let’s take it to another level in 2020!
We enjoyed reading lots of personal stories from people with intellectual disability.
Tara talked about her life, love and work as a young woman with Down syndrome.
Scott and Ben told us how much they enjoyed their jobs.
Sharon, Fi and Jack talked about how important peer support is for them.
And Leonie told us how she learnt to speak up.
This year the government announced a Disability Royal Commission.
Thank you to our members and supporters who campaigned for a Royal Commission for so long.
Our Hard to Swallow campaign had a great win.
The government cut NDIS funding for swallowing therapy. This meant that some people might choke.
We campaigned to get swallowing therapy included in the NDIS. More than 27,000 people signed our petition. Our members talked to politicians.
The government listened. Swallowing supports can now be included in NDIS plans.
We had a great outcome from the Our Health Counts campaign.
As a result of our campaign, Minister for Health Greg Hunt released a draft national roadmap for improving health services for people with intellectual disability.
There will be a meeting about the roadmap in 2020.
Our Advocacy Group tested the new Sydney Metro train.
They found ways the trains could be improved for people with disability.
They wrote a report and met with the Minister for Transport.
Find out more on our Don’t Leave Us Behind campaign
We updated our popular guides about the health of people with disability.
Our health information guides are easy to read.
Our health fact sheets are for supporters and carers.
We also released our position statement on health, in both plain English and Easy Read.
Our Team Up peer support project finished this year.
But we continue to help people with peer support, mentoring and leadership.
Read stories about peers supporting each other to grow and build confidence.
Watch videos about peer support on our website.
There was a state election in NSW this year.
We made a video and Easy Read guide for the Electoral Commission.
The resources encouraged people with intellectual disability to vote.
The guide talked about the voting rights for people with disability.
The video explained how to vote.
We made Easy Read resources for NSW Health about palliative care, and how to talk about death and dying.
Palliative care is special help for someone who is near the end of their life.
We took the CID message of inclusion to the world.
We took part in the United Nations Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The conference was in New York. Read our report from the conference.
We also helped coordinate a report to the United Nations about how Australia is meeting it commitments to the rights of people with disability.
Read our blog about a meeting in Switzerland where the report was presented.