The group, aged between 16-30 years of age, are from the JFA Purple Orange Youth Group.
Group member, and Pride of Australia Medal Recipient, Jarad McLoughlin says a NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) will significantly impact young people living with disability who are moving into adulthood and a life of independence.
“The NDIS will benefit young people living with disability if it allows for an easy transition from adolescence to adulthood,” Jarad says.
“We will need to ensure people living with disability know they have a choice about the care they receive and no longer have to settle for what’s allocated to them,” he says.
“To complement a NDIS, we’re also calling for information sessions about how people living with disability can move out of the family home and live independently, as well as education for employers to help break down the stigma attached to employing a person living with disability.”
JFA Purple Orange CEO Robbi Williams says in order for a NDIS to be successful, people living with disability will need to be supported to make informed choices about the supports they receive.
“It is essential that people living with disability are involved in the development and implementation of a NDIS, through a co-design approach, to ensure the system reflects the perspectives of people living with disability,” Mr Williams says.
“If we support every person living with disability to realise their potential as active members of mainstream community life, only then will a NDIS will be truly valuable and sustainable.”
CONTACT: Information & Communications Officer Susan Peterson on 8373 8316/0406 933 927
JFA Purple Orange is the shop front of the Julia Farr Association - a social profit, non-government organisation working on disability issues. Our work is anchored on the principles of Personhood and Citizenhood and we aim to ensure people living with disability get a fair go at everything life has to offer. To achieve this, JFA Purple Orange conducts research and engages in dialogue with people with lived experience of disability to develop policy and practices.