Friday, August 12th, 2011 - Australasian Society for Intellectual Disabiltiy (ASID)

The Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability - Research to Practice (ASID) welcomes the Prime Minister's announcement that the government shares the Productivity Commission's vision for a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Such a scheme is essential to address what has been found nationally to be a disability support system that is underfunded, unfair, fragmented, and inefficient, and which fails to provide Australians with any choice or certainty of access to appropriate supports when they are needed most.

ASID Vice President, Associate Professor Angus Buchanan has stated that there are some 360,000 Australians reliant on disability services, together with some 2.6 million unpaid family carers who stand to benefit from such a scheme. In addition, this scheme has the potential to positively affect the services provided by some 2,200 service providers and 60,000 + disability support staff across the country.

ASID challenges and calls upon the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, the Assistant Treasurer, Bill Shorten, and the Parliamentary Secretary for Disability and Carers, Jan McLucas to work in a bi-partisan way with the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott and the Shadow Minister for Disability, Mitch Fifield to make the NDIS a reality.

ASID calls upon the Prime Minister and the Leader of Opposition to clearly articulate their policy position on the NDIS, and their intention to support the implementation of such a scheme to the benefit of all Australians.

The ASID Australasian Conference for 2011 will be convened at Adelaide, from the 9th to the 11th November, with the theme "To beg or to choose: you decide". The conference will consider the importance of the NDIS for people with disability, carers and all Australians. Associate Professor Buchanan stated that he expects that our nation's leaders should by that time be in a position to have reflected on the Productivity Commission's report, and to make clear where they stand and what they intend to do to progress the NDIS.

Contact: Associate Professor Angus Buchanan: [email protected]

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Australasian Society for Intellectual Disabiltiy (ASID)


ASID has a clearly stated mission; this statement of intent is reviewed each year by the Board, and it is from this mission statement that all activities of the society flow.

Mission Statement:
To enhance the skills, knowledge and commitment of its members and to facilitate a supportive network in order to enhance the quality of life of people with intellectual or developmental disability.

Goals & Objectives:
The goals of the Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability are:

Promote the research and understanding of intellectual disability
Bring together people with an interest in the field of intellectual disability
Promote high standards of practice in the field of intellectual disability
The objectives of the Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability are:

to promote the rights, development and well being of people with intellectual disability
to promote the research and understanding of intellectual disability
to bring together people who have an interest in the field of intellectual disability
to promote high ethical standards of practice in the field of intellectual disability
to promote communication via conferences, special interest groups, symposia, workshops and other professional development activities
to promote research, scholarships and the dissemination of information about intellectual disability through appropriate publications, and networks.
Angus Buchanan
P: 0434365760
W: www.asid.asn.au/

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Disability families, carers, insurance, ASID

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