Strong Voices, seeks primarily to address the power imbalance – to move it away from systems and bureaucracy and towards people with disability, their families and carers. It is a plan, not just for Government, but for the whole community, to change the way disability is considered as an issue.
It is now time that Government and the community sees people with disability not for what they cannot do, but for who they are and what they can achieve as citizens.
Strong Voices has focussed on six important areas of reform:
creating accessible and inclusive communities;
preventing people falling into crisis by developing a model of early investment;
making sure that everyday services such as education, employment, and health work better for people with disability;
providing more choice through expanding individualised funding;
providing better support for carers, broadening the range of accommodation options available and closing the Strathmont Centre; and
ensuring there are adequate safeguards in place to protect vulnerable people.
a redefining of the roles of Government in the provision of disability services and future roles of the not-for-profit sector.
strengthening the important role that the community plays in delivering support for people with disability to participate fully in the community.