Indigenous Queenslanders with disabilities to inspire

THE inspirational stories of seven disabled indigenous Queenslanders will be used to encourage others to prepare for Australia's new national disability scheme.

The videos, launched today(Wednesday), are designed to start a conversation among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities about the launch of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in 2016.

Disability Services Minister Tracy Davis said the digital stories would encourage indigenous Queenslanders to prepare for the NDIS.

"The stories will help to create a greater understanding and awareness of the NDIS amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples," she said.

Queenslanders with Disability Network chief Paige Armstrong said she hoped the stories would encourage indigenous Queenslanders with disabilities to join the network.

"Story-telling is central to Indigenous culture and these are wonderful stories of optimism, resilience and opportunities," Ms Armstrong said.

"Through these stories, we are hoping to start a conversation about how the network might provide leadership, linkages, peer mentoring and support to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders with disability, their families, carers and communities, especially in the lead-up to the NDIS in Queensland."

- APN NEWSDESK



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