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The National Disability Strategy: something to think about
Sunday 14 December 2008
We’re encouraging everyone with an interest in this – i.e., almost every Australian visitor to this site – to brief themselves thoroughly on the review.
Get prepared to bash those politicians’ ears whenever you come across one of the breed. Journalists and bureaucrats will do, too!
WWDA’s Submission in response to the Discussion Paper provides detail on what WWDA considers to be vital elements of a National Disability Strategy (NDS). WWDA is of the view that the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) provides a clear context and logical framework for the development of Australia’s National Disability Strategy, and that such a Strategy is a key element of the Convention’s implementation at the domestic level.
WWDA’s Submission also advocates that the NDS accord priority to the needs of vulnerable groups of people with disabilities, as well as thematic issues of major concern. In this context, we consider women, Indigenous peoples, children, refugees & asylum seekers, and prisoners as warranting particular attention. WWDA has identified several issues which we believe must be given priority within the NDS and these are: forced sterilisation; violence; removal of children from parents with disabilities; abuse in institutions; over-representation in the criminal justice system; poverty; data collection & research; unmet need; capacity building of disability organisations & networks; and, digital inclusion. The rationale and context for these priority groups and issues are discussed in the Submission.
WWDA’s Submission in response to the Australian Governments Discussion Paper: 'Developing a National Disability Strategy for Australia' (December 2008) is available on WWDA’s website in HTML, Word and PDF formats, and can be found at: http://www.wwda.org.au/subs.htm.
Alternatively, if you would like a copy emailed directly to you, please email WWDA at email@example.com.