Five national, cross disability organisations welcome the funding provided by the Australian Government to form the Australian Cross Disability Alliance that will provide a voice for the 4.2 million Australians with disability.
The members of the Australian Cross Disability Alliance are:
Commenting on the cross disability model, PWDA President Mr Craig Wallace said, “The Cross Disability Alliance provides a modern, coherent and more comprehensive national voice for people with disability. This means that people with any kind of disability can directly join, elect and hold accountable the peaks who represent them to Government. We are at a crossroad for disability rights and it is right for us to come together at this vital time. We commit to working hard to provide all Australians with a disability with the voice we deserve.”
Executive Director of WWDA Ms Carolyn Frohmader highlighted, “Each Alliance member is widely respected in their own right for specialist expertise and representation of people with disability. Each of our organisations will continue to work independently on key issues for our members and constituents. However, we will join together as the Cross Disability Alliance to work on mutual issues of concern – this will build on and strengthen our expertise and representation.”
Mr Damian Griffis, Executive Officer of FPDN said, “Collectively, Alliance members have decades of experience in advancing the rights of people with disability, including the most vulnerable and marginalised. We have fought and advocated for the end to violence and abuse, to close institutions and provide genuine community living options, to implement inclusive education and pathways to mainstream employment, to establish culturally competent supports and services, to address indefinite detention, incarceration and over representation in the criminal justice system and to ensure the full roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. We have been hardworking, strong and effective”.
Ms Stephanie Gotlib, Executive Officer of CDA said, “It is a significant time of reform for people with disability in Australia. Major initiatives include the establishment of the NDIS, the National Disability Strategy and reform in education for students with disability. The Alliance will have a collaborative approach to working with people with disability, governments and the broader community.”
“We look forward to working with the Australian Government to promote and advance the rights of people with disability,” said Mr Suresh Rajan, President of NEDA. “We are deeply committed to building on and strengthening representation of the interests and views of all people with disability in Australia. Any person with disability can join and participate in one or more of the Alliance organisations.”