Joint Media Release: Celebrating Australians with disability

On the International Day of People with Disability 2019, Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston and Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Stuart Robert acknowledged the amazing contribution Australians with disability make in communities across the country.

The Morrison Government is committed to building a more inclusive and accessible society for the more than 4.4 million, or one in five, Australians who live with disability.

Minister Ruston today urged employers to make hiring people with a disability an everyday, run-of-the-mill business decision to improve job opportunities for people with disability.

“International Day of People with Disability is an opportunity to celebrate the important contribution Australians with disability make in the workforce and to focus our attention on changing employer attitudes so that every Australian who wants to work is able to do so,” Minister Ruston said

“Getting a job and having a job is an absolute game-changer in anybody’s life and that shouldn’t be any different for somebody who has a disability.”

Minister Ruston also encouraged schools to enter the Grow Inclusion schools competition to win up to $3000 in accessible resources and materials by promoting accessibility and inclusion through morning teas, assemblies and discos.

Minister Robert today acknowledged International Day of People with Disability alongside residents of Project Independence – a unique housing development helping people with intellectual disability realise their dream of owning a home and living independently in the community.

“The theme of this year’s International Day of People with Disability is ‘promoting the participation of persons with disabilities and their leadership’, which is also a key focus of the Morrison Government,” Mr Robert said.

“I am honoured to spend time with residents of Project Independence, a great example of an innovative approach to providing choice and control to people with disability and aligns with core principles of the NDIS: person-centred, supported decision-making and participation.

“The NDIS provides people with significant and permanent disability the supports they need to participate fully in their communities helping to realise their social and economic potential.”

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