Opinion

Letter to the editor: Make the 2020s the decade of disability inclusion

By Reader Contributed

Endeavour Foundation chief executive Andrew Donne

A new decade is a time to reflect.

In the past 10 years, our communities have experienced the roll-out of Australia’s National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), a huge investment and undertaking which has seen many thousands of people receive much-needed support for the first time in their lives.

In Queensland, we have seen the introduction of Australia’s strongest human rights legislation, which finally enshrined into law the right to education and healthcare for all, including people with a disability.

A successful campaign on transport has seen the Commonwealth Government guarantee state-run taxi subsidy schemes, allowing affordable travel to doctor’s appointments, services and the community for NDIS participants until 2021.

We’re proud of what has been achieved so far and there’s more work to be done.

Building a supportive, understanding and inclusive community needs a collective approach.

In 2020 I urge everyone to consider how they can advocate for greater inclusion for people with disability in their communities, social settings and workplaces.

Together, we can make the 2020s the decade of disability inclusion.