On the 8th Jessica and me went along to Olympic Park for the biennial Independent Living Exposition. Being held there and a journey fraught with stress for Jessica we hired our regular Accessible Cabbie and had a fairly nice journey both there and back.
There are many different types of wheelchairs depending upon the level of disability or desired use for the chair. There was everything from walkers and toddlers wheelchairs, through to 4 wheel independent suspension+4 motors for Farmers. We had stair climbers and standing chairs for golf, one shaped like a peddle car foe a child. Tricycles, Racing Bikes. Off road vehicles. Finally, very expensive vehicles adapted for wheelchair drivers.
In the first photograph Jessica is trying the controls of a vehicle, earlier she had dropped her age by 15 years and crossed gender again to trial the 4 wheel drive independent suspension demonstration track. Then when she let on that she was female they also had to allow women to trial the trail.
The display I found the most humorous was that of the skeleton demonstrating passive exercise, there are two photos of it in the gallery, one for arm and the other for legs. And a few stuffed bears and a doll found their way into the action.
This past Monday I went with a friend to attend the Consultation regarding the formation of a National Disibility Strategy for beyond 2020.
This forum was focused more on the NDIS, National Disibility Insurance Scheme, than general disibility policies therefore the focus was on those under the age of 65. The conference focused on ways to improve this scheme however those in the over 65 bracket heard nothing about My Aged Care.
Since the inception of the NDIS those people with disabilities over the age of 65 have now been aligned with AGE/HEALTH without disibility being a major factor in the Clare Plackages, if indeed they manage to receive one. Many of those on the cusp of being classified as old lost the small packages they had and where unable to replace these with NDIS packages because upon reaching 65 they would be too old for the NDIS anyway.
Here is the advanced information for this event
A public consultation workshop to help shape disability policy for 2020 and beyond.
About this Event
The National Disability Strategy 2010-2020 is Australia’s framework for creating a more inclusive society that enables people with disability to fulfil their potential as equal citizens.
At the end of 2020 the National Disability Strategy will end and governments across Australia are working together to develop a new strategy for beyond 2020. We need to make sure a new strategy reflects the changing policy environment and builds on opportunities available today as well as what may emerge over the next decade.
From April, the Australian community is invited to take part in national consultation to shape the future of disability policy for 2020 and beyond.
There will be face-to-face and online workshops held in each state and territory. At the workshops you can share your experiences and help shape the next strategy as it is vital people with disability have a leading role in modernising the policies and programs that affect them.