ABC’s Q&A aired a disability special on 25 June and the panel consisting of Dylan Alcott, Kiruna Stamell, Graeme Innes, Bruce Bonyhady and Catia Malaquias were asked lots of great questions by the audience. In fact Q&A tell us they have never had so many questions for one show before!
The episode had a lot to get through, but here’s a quick summary of the biggest questions and answers:
1. The NDIS has given us hope, but there’s still a lot to be done
We’re a long way from where we were ten years ago, but we still have quite a way to go. The scheme is working well for some - we have to get it working well for everyone. To do that we need the Federal Government and the NDIA to get on with sorting out the problems.
2. All our voices are crucial for getting the NDIS right
The panel and the audience agreed that the fundamentals of the NDIS are still strong. But to have real choice and control, the NDIA and all the governments involved need to listen to people with disability, their families and carers to really get the scheme right.
3. “Changing attitudes changes lives” – Graeme Innes
Everyone agreed that while we have made progress, negative and discriminatory attitudes toward people with disability continue to impact everyone’s lives. Everyone agreed that the only way to challenge these attitudes was to see and hear from people with disability.
4. There should always be supports outside the NDIS
The NDIS was never meant to be an oasis in a desert. People who are not eligible for the NDIS still need programs and supports to help them. There should never be a cliff outside the scheme. We need strong leadership by all our governments to ensure that no one falls through the gaps.
5. Society must be inclusive
Everyone agreed last night that we can’t build an inclusive society without everyone getting a fair go. There are still too many barriers standing in the way of people with disability having the same opportunities as everyone else - getting a good education, getting a job, moving out of home. The NDIS should be about enabling these things to happen - not standing in the way.
And most important of all – the NDIS is not the answer to everything. We need change in all areas of life so people with disability can enjoy the same opportunities that everyone else simply takes for granted.
As Kiruna said, we still have so far to go. So we all need to band together and keep fighting until we get there. And that’s what the Every Australian Counts community is all about!
So lets make sure we keep up the fight and keep the conversation going. Share Every Australian Count’s summary of last night’s episode, so that everyone knows just what needs to be done to make the NDIS, and Australia, better for all of us.
Last night we saw that together we can make a change. Together, we can get the conversation going and show our politicians that it’s time to step up.
It’s time that we get the NDIS that we deserve. An NDIS that works for all of us.
If you’ve still got a question or something from the episode you want to discuss, head on over to the Every Australian Counts Twitter page, where the conversation is still going.
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