Turning out for disabled
RED Inc workers, clients, supporters and community members turned out to join the organisation yesterday, in a DisabiliTEA, in a call for the Government to introduce the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
DisabiliTEA events were held nationwide in a combined push for the scheme.
At the local RED Inc event, Cr Simon Clough turned out to show Lismore City Council's support for the cause.
Community participation manager Tim Stein encouraged those in attendance to sign a pledge for the scheme, which would expand the capacity for people with disabilities to engage in the community, lead a fulfilling life, and receive consistent adequate and individualised funding.
RED Inc CEO Marie Gale said, "one of the most important things about the NDIS is the potential, the hope that it's going to bring some equity and fairness in the way funds are distributed to those with disabilities."
RED Inc client-turned-volunteer Alicia Skimmings said the NDIS would make a world of difference to people with disabilities, like herself.
"It would be good having more support, especially when you get out of school and your parents get older. It's about independence, and more focus on us and that we're not reliant on everyone else," Ms Skimmings said.
The House with No Steps together with Aspect Far North Coast also took part in the nationwide tea party throwing another DisabiliTEA at the Summerland House Farm yesterday.