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Having a cuppa in Devonport to support the National Disability Insurance Scheme

Friday, October 26, 2012

Labor Senator for Tasmania, Anne Urquhart, today visited Devonport’s Devonfield Enterprises to share lunch and a cuppa in support of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Senator Urquhart joined people with disability, their families and carers as well as staff at Devonfield to signal their strong support for an NDIS.

“It was great to meet with so many North West Coasters who are behind the push for the NDIS at Devonfield to celebrate that Tasmania will be one of the launch sites of the NDIS, providing support to around one thousand 15 to 24 year olds,” Senator Urquhart said.

“As a part of the Every Australian Counts campaign, people with disability, their families and carers have found a united voice and told the community that the current system is inefficient and doesn’t deliver adequate support for people with disability,”

“Under the NDIS, people with a disability will be assessed to receive care and support that is tailored to their needs, no matter where they live or how they acquired their disability,”

“This will involve major changes in the way that we work with people with disability, their families and carers, and we want to make sure that we get this reform right so that we build a system that is sustainable into the future,”

“By proposing to put individuals at the centre of decision-making about their future, the NDIS has received unprecedented support from across political parties, people with a disability, their families and carers as well as service providers, and community organisations,”

“Tasmania’s focus on 15-24 year olds will target assisting people make the transition from school-based support and keep them engaged in their communities,”

“It is through the combined efforts of Labor Federal and State Governments that the NDIS will be piloted in Tasmania next year,”

“The Federal Labor Government have invested $38 million for the Tasmania pilot and the State Labor Government is contributing an additional $2 million on top of its existing $17.9million budgeted for disability services,”

“Devonfield is a diverse organisation that provides training and employment, day support services and accommodation for over two hundred people with a wide range disabilities,”

“By hosting this DisabiliTEA, Devonfield is building the support needed so that people with disability and their families both on the North West Coast and Australia-wide can get the care and support we all know they deserve.”

For more information on DisabiliTEAs, go to http://everyaustraliancounts.com.au/disabilitea/.

For more information on the NDIS, go to www.ndis.gov.au.

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