#StandByMe to ensure that people with disability in NSW have a voice

#StandByMe to ensure that people with disability in NSW have a voice

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It can be difficult for people with disability to get a fair go and speak up. Sometimes they need someone to help them when things go wrong. Advocacy organisations help people with disability speak up and get a fair go.

The government wants to cut all funding to advocacy organisations. This means many people will not have a voice or get help when they need it.

Please sign your name to tell the government not to take their voice away and to stop funding cuts from advocacy organisations.

We all want to belong, to be included and to have the same opportunities to fulfil our potential. People with disability are no different, but it can be a whole lot harder.

In April this year the NSW Government extended funding until 2020, however they have no plan to fund disability advocacy, information or representation beyond this time. These services exist to ensure that people with disability have a voice and can overcome those challenges; that we have input into and control over decisions that affect our lives.

We want the NSW Government to stand by advocacy, representation and information services so they can stand by me. This means fully funding disability advocacy, representation and information services. When that happens, everyone benefits. Advocacy, representation, and information services have achieved a lot for people with disability. We have supported students with disability when they have been abused, we have successfully campaigned for better access to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and we provide independent information to navigate the myriad of systems that affect our daily lives.

The Productivity Commission states that independent advocacy is still vitally important alongside the NDIS. The Victorian Government is continuing to fully fund independent disability advocacy, information, and support as a core essential service because it understands the NDIS won't cover these things.

Join us in calling on the Premier of NSW, Gladys Berejiklian, to commit the NSW Government to ongoing funding for NSW independent disability advocacy, representation and information to the tune of $20 million per year. Now and always!

Premier Berejiklian, don’t take our voice away.

As community run, non-profit organisations we already do a lot with very little, and we're experts at stretching out a dollar. People with disability trust us to stand with them. We need to be fully funded into the future or it will have dire impacts on people's lives.

#StandByMe Premier Berejiklian and don’t ditch disability advocacy.