Give people with disability a say in their own future.

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Give people with disability a say in their own future.

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NO ONE ASKED DON.

Don Lessels was placed in care at the Claremont Mental Hospital when he was six years old. When Don was placed in care, his parents were told to forget they had a son, that he would be looked after. That was six decades ago and the world is a very different place now.

In 2007, Australia and 80 other countries signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Convention considers that persons with disabilities should have the opportunity to be actively involved in decision-making processes about policies and programmes, including those directly concerning them.

In 2014, the Western Australia government adopted six National Standards for Disability Services that promote nationally consistent quality standards for the disability services sector. The first of those standards recognises people’s inherent right to freedom of expression and the right to make decisions about and exercise control over their own lives.

Right now, Don lives with three other men in a house supported by Disability Services Commission staff.

In 2013, the Minister for Disability Services announced that homes like Don’s were going to be privatised. When Don’s sister Lyn was asked about the privatisation, she asked who was going to talk to her brother about it and whether anyone was asking him. 

Lyn got a letter from the Director-General of the Disability Services Commission in February of 2016 which said that “The Commission has made significant efforts throughout the transition project to ensure that the rights of family members, guardians and other decision makers are fully respected. This includes the right of each decision maker to decide when and how their supported person hears about the transition on (sic) their house.”

It is clear that no one is going to ask Don where and how he wants to live.

Lyn believes that Don can make decisions but he is rarely asked and she thinks that he should be engaged in a decision about where he lives, because he has to live there.  

Tell the Disability Services Commission you want them to support Don to make decisions about his future.



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