New Act supports people with disability

Published: 27 Sep 2016

People with disability will have better access to mainstream services for a better quality of life, following the commencement of the NSW Disability Inclusion Act 2014.

The Act began 3 December 2014 on the International Day for People with Disability, and sets out how disability supports and services will be provided in NSW during the move to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

The Act aims to ensure people with disability:

  • have the same human rights as other people
  • are included in planning throughout all levels of NSW government
  • can exercise choice and control through individualised funding wherever possible
  • have safeguards when accessing NSW funded disability supports and services.

Disability Council member Chris Sparks welcomed the Act and said he hoped to see a more inclusive workforce.

“People with disability should be able to work and enjoy the sense of achievement and social interaction it brings and this should be a fundamental expectation for us all,” Sparks said.

Don’t DIS myABILITY ambassador Jo Berry said people with disability don’t need exclusive facilities and groups.

“We just want access to the same swimming pools, libraries and clubs as everyone else,” she said.

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