your very disappointing approach to disability advocacy

Subject: Re: your very disappointing approach to disability advocacy
Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2018 20:34:41 +1100
From: Bob Buckley (A4 Convenor) <convenor@a4.org.au>
Organization: Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia (A4)
To: Scot MacDonald <Scot.MacDonald@parliament.nsw.gov.au>

Hello The Hon. Mr S. MacDonald MLC

Thank you for your reply. I am (we are) quite aware of the scheme you provided a link for.

  1. this is not part of the NDIS (which is what you were quoted as saying), it is quite separate,
  2. this is a well established scheme so it is not a "new scheme" and
  3. is already under severe stress from under funding ... there is no funding being added to this scheme to compensate for cutting of funding in NSW.

Bob Buckley
Convenor, Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia (A4)
website: http://a4.org.au/

A4 is the national grassroots organisation advocating for autistic people, their families, carers and associates. A4 is internet based so that Australians anywhere can participate.

“The first step in solving any problem is recognising there is one.” Jeff Daniels as Will McEvoy in The Newsroom.
 

On 16/3/18 6:32 pm, Scot MacDonald wrote:

Hello Bob,
Please see 

https://www.dss.gov.au/our-responsibilities/disability-and-carers/program-services/for-people-with-disability/national-disability-advocacy-program-ndap

 

Scot MacDonald MLC

Parliamentary Secretary for Planning,Central Coast and the Hunter

Member of NSW Legislative Council

Liberal Party of Australia (NSW Division)

NSW Parliament 

Sydney NSW 2000

Parliament Phone 02 92302393

 

On 16 Mar 2018, at 10:22 am, Bob Buckley (A4 Convenor) <convenor@a4.org.au> wrote:
 

The Hon. Mr Scot MacDonald MLC
Parliament House
Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Dear The Hon. Mr S. MacDonald MLC

I saw the recent article that quotes you as saying "the community should 'focus on making the new scheme work including the advocacy processes within NDIS [National Disability Insurance Scheme]'."

The NDIS website says "The NDIA does not directly provide advocacy services for people with a disability for representation and legal review of a decision" (see https://www.ndis.gov.au/participants/making-decisions-about-support/ndap). There is no "new scheme" for disability advocacy.

People's concerns about the NSW Government cutting funding for disability advocacy are well founded. And your approach is very disappointing, possibly uninformed.

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Bob Buckley
Convenor, Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia (A4)
website: http://a4.org.au/

A4 is the national grassroots organisation advocating for autistic people, their families, carers and associates. A4 is internet based so that Australians anywhere can participate.

“The first step in solving any problem is recognising there is one.” Jeff Daniels as Will McEvoy in The Newsroom.