A call to action on disability for all NSW candidates

10 February 2015

People with Disability Australia (PWDA) today launched their 2015 NSW Election Platform. “As candidates and political parties ramp up their campaigning and finalise their policy positions, we are providing our priorities for people with disability in NSW.” said Therese Sands, PWDA Co-Chief Executive Officer.

“The recommendations in our Election Platform are concrete steps towards full inclusion and participation of people with disability in the economic, social and cultural life of NSW. We strongly urge candidates to adopt these recommendations and, if successful, to begin the job of implementing them from the day after the election.” Ms Sands continued.

The platform is directly informed by PWDA’s membership of people with disability, and provides recommendations around key areas relating to disability inclusion; provision of disability support services; living in the community; violence and justice and training and jobs.

“We are at a critical juncture in disability reform in NSW. Now more than ever, we need strong, visionary leadership in NSW to inspire and deliver the changes that are needed”, Ms Sands said. “As the peak body for people with disability in NSW, and during this time of significant change, PWDA looks forward to close collaboration and dialogue with successful NSW Parliamentarians and the Government that will be formed following the election on 28 March 2015”.

For more information see PWDA’s Election Platform

MEDIA: Kate Finch, Government Relations 0428 124
Therese Sands, Co-Chief Executive Officer 0412 935 128
Phone: 02 9370 3100 Toll Free: 1800 422 015 Email: katef@pwd.org.au

People with Disability Australia Incorporated (PWDA) is a national disability rights and advocacy, non-profit, non-government organisation. We have a cross-disability focus, representing the interests of people with all kinds of disability and our membership is made up of people with disability and organisations mainly constituted by people with disability.

Our vision is of a socially just, accessible and inclusive community, in which the human rights, citizenship, contribution, potential and diversity of all people with disability are respected and celebrated.