The NDIA and Victorian Government must prioritise people with disability so they do not suffer in Stage 4 lockdowns

The NDIA and Victorian Government must prioritise people with disability so they do not suffer in Stage 4 lockdowns

As the Victorian COVID-19 situation worsens and ‘a state of disaster’ is declared, children and adults with disability need to be a primary focus of government. We have already seen infections in group homes for people with disability, and significant impacts on their access to services and children’s right to education.

As the situation in the aged care system shows, it is vital that the Commonwealth and states work together to eliminate critical gaps for people with disability during the pandemic, including children and young people. A lack of joined-up planning and response creates preventable harm and risks.

This media statement has been endorsed by the following organisations

  1. Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA)
  2. All Means All – The Australian Alliance for Inclusive Education (All Means All)
  3. Imagine More
  4. Inclusion Australia
  5. Women with Disabilities Australia
  6. People with Disability Australia
  7. Disability Advocacy Network Australia
  8. Queensland Collective for Inclusive Education (QCIE)
  9. YDAS Youth Disability Advocacy Network
  10. YDAS Youth Disability Advocacy Service
  11. Down Syndrome Australia
  12. Centre of Research Excellence in Disability and Health
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Topics:
Emergency management

Author:
Joint Media Statement

Date published:
Sun 2nd Aug, 2020