The d4d Policy Platform Sub-Committee is ready now to embark on the huge task of expanding the various disability policies located on our website. This Sub-Committee essentially will be a Steering Committee and will be responsible for conducting the consultative processes required to represent the entire Disability Sector. During these processes our philosophy of embracing the d4d party mantra of "dignity through choice" will continue, whilst we consult with the many experts within the Disability Community. These policies will be structured to reflect the United Nations Convention of Rights of People with Disabilities. We will select and then be guided by these experts as we collect data from the sector along with the many examples of violations reflected within the United Nations Convention.
After developing a White Paper we will ask for further submissions from the Sector so that opinion can be considered from all of our constituents. In this way, we will be able to formulate, and then publish our d4d policies with shared consideration and comment from Disability Advocates, People with Disabilities and Carers.
This process will be exhaustive, and yet enormously rewarding, as we endeavour to support our MLC with strategies to achieve realistic outcomes for the ailing Disability Sector. There are numerous policies to be formed on many matters such as respite, transport, equipment, access, education, supported care just to name a few. Our Policy Platform Sub-Committee believes that there are two objectives needing immediate attention to form policy on. Firstly the issue of accomodation, or rather the lack of it, is a major concern highlighted by the increase in unmet need. And secondly the issue of abuse, neglect, or rather protection of People with Disabilities by way of mandatory reporting.
I reiterate that our overall goal is to unite the fractured disability community by way of giving everyone the opportunity of their "dignity through choice".
Any feedback will be duly appreciated.