Why the voice and participation of people with disability is a key driver in improving outcomes.
Disability advocate, Shanais Nielson: “I hope that people with disabilities are included more in the decision-making that affects us.”
“In the future I hope to see more people with disabilities having the control and say over their lives. I hope that people with disabilities are included more in the decision-making that affects us as we are the ones living with the disability and we need to have the opportunities to make decisions and be listened to when decisions are being made. I hope to see more organisations seeking the input and contribution from people with disabilities to create a more inclusive environment.”
So said Shanais Nielsen, a disability advocate, speaking at the launch of SVA’s perspective paper on disability.
The importance of embedding the voice and participation of people with disability in all things that impact on their lives is at the heart of SVA Perspectives: Disability, and at the heart of improving outcomes for people with disability.
The paper looks closely at the experiences of people with disability in Australia, including both the specialist services under the National Disability Insurance Scheme and universal services such as health, transport, education and employment that people with disability access in their everyday life. The paper also identifies the drivers or different elements that are required in order for people with disability to experience better life outcomes.
People with disability deserve to have the same rights and opportunities as everybody else. And most people with disability want to access the same things that people without disability do: a suitable job, a good education, housing that suits their needs and transport around their community.
At SVA, our vision is that people with disability are full and equal participants in our community, free from discrimination, ableism and violence. They should be able to exercise choice and control, and make decisions about the things that impact upon their lives.
Better outcomes for people with disability is not just up to the disability sector, but the responsibility of the whole of society.
In this article we summarise the current situation for people with disability, explore the three core drivers that we have identified could help deliver better outcomes, and explore in more depth why incorporating the voice of people with disability will enhance their experience of inclusion and wellbeing.