ACT Labor to deliver more support to parents and carers of young people with a disability

Disability-Policy-Announcement

ACT Labor believes that people living with a disability should be given the opportunity and support to achieve their full potential and be valued as equal participants in our community.

We are committed to supporting services for people living with a disability and their families in the ACT.

That’s why we were the first to sign up for to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).  Because we know that it’s the right thing to do.

But we also know that for parents and carers of young people with a disability, a year is a long time to wait.  Supporting families with more post-school options is a priority for ACT Labor as it moves to implement the NDIS as a launch site.

ACT Labor believes it is important that we continue to support the most vulnerable in our community and lend a helping hand to those who need it, when they need it.

We understand the needs of young people with a disability, their parents and carers.

That is why this year we commenced providing after-school care and vacation places at Cranleigh, Black Mountain and Malkara schools.

We also know that there is significant pressure placed on families when their children finish school, and they need to adjust their work hours and commitments to spend more time at home to look after their son or daughter. 

If re-elected in 2012 ACT Labor will provide additional funding of $5,000 per person to provide an extra half-day support each week, or other much-needed assistance, to young people with a disability who have graduated from school.

ACT Labor is already delivering

We already provide support for young people with a disability when they leave school.

For some young people leaving school, our transitional pre vocational support service assists them gain experience and the skills they need to do more study or move into employment.  The transition service also assists the young person in making connections in their community by building skills and relationships.

Young people with medium to high support needs who require alternatives to paid employment are assisted through our ongoing community access service when they graduate from year 12, providing $19,800 per year which provides the equivalent of 12 hours per week in group based support. 

The community access service assists people with disability to develop skills and to participate in our community.

But there is more to do.

Policy costings

ACT Labor’s plan to deliver more support to parents and carers of young people with a disability.

 

 

2012 – 2013

2013 -2014

2014 – 2015*

2015 – 2016*

TOTAL

Recurrent funding

$0.073m

$0.245m

-

-

$0.318m

Total

$0.073m

$0.245 m

-

-

$0.318 m

*Funding for 2014-15 and beyond will be determined as the NDIS is developed and provided from the Commonwealth and through the ACT NDIS support package.

 

ACT Labor’s plan will deliver more for those who need it most

ACT Labor’s commitment to parents and carers of young people with a disability will improve the ability of families to remain at work and provide a meaningful service for young people graduating from school.

This measure will help the families of up to 69 student graduates who have left or will leave school from end of the 2011 to 2013 school years by providing $5,000 in additional funding per person.

It will help by lowering stress on families, increase their capacity to contribute to the work place and community, and increase opportunities for young people to engage in meaningful ‘person centred’ activities.

The additional funding will commence at the beginning of 2013 and will continue until additional supports under the NDIS are put in place in 2014.