Don't Silence Us - People with intellectual disability have a right to be heard

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My name is Fiona. I have an Intellectual Disability. I have learnt to speak up for people like me with the help and support of the Council for Intellectual Disability (CID).

Now the Premier wants to shut down the Council for Intellectual Disability’s important disability advocacy work.

I speak to doctors, nurses, trainees, teachers, councillors, members of parliament and ministers about what needs to change to make lives for people with intellectual disability safer, fairer and better.

Did you know, for example, that people with intellectual disability die 26 years earlier than what we’re meant to because we are misdiagnosed? This is because the people who are meant to help us often don’t understand what we are talking about.

CID takes on important issues for its members like health, transport, education, employment, inclusion and abuse of people with disability. CID is also helping us get a foot in the door without being judged about what we can and can’t do. It is asking everyone to look at the whole person.

As my friend Robert says, “Labels are for jars, not for people.”

Cutting Advocacy funding means we will lose our voice and our independence. It means going backwards instead of forwards. We want to move forwards, we don’t want to go back to the dark ages.

So please don’t let the Premier silence us.

People with an intellectual disability have a right to be heard.

Please sign this petition now and share widely.

Thank you,

Fiona

(First female CID Chairperson with intellectual disability)

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