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International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD)
Posted by Marketing on December 2, 2014

Margot_with_Director_of_Nursing_Donna_Mathews_Margaret_Hubery_House_Rossmoyne.jpg3 December 2014 marks International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD), a United Nations sanctioned day that celebrates our progress in breaking down barriers, opening doors, and realising an inclusive society for all. 

Many people with a disability, whether it is physical or mental, suffer not only from their disability itself, but also from the attitudes found in society. These attitudes are often based on prejudice or stereotypes and disable people from having equal opportunities.

Margaret Bates, Coordinator - Individualised Funding Mental Health and Disability at Southern Cross Care (WA) Inc. (SCC) said: “SCC receives funding from the Disability Services Commission to provide community based services, to support an individual’s ability to remain independent in their own home and the communities of their choosing. We provide flexible individualised support services tailored to each person’s identified needs. Our team assists individuals with a disability to enjoy and maintain a happy and healthy lifestyle. We recognise the unique strengths of individuals and acknowledge the importance of connections with family, friends and the community.”

“SCC provides services inclusive of and not limited to, supporting an individual’s development of independent living skills, advocacy, linking to community groups/interests; and support to attend and engage in community based social activities. SCC works in partnership with several stakeholders inclusive of   LAC’s, public trustees/guardians, medical professionals and family members to support each person to achieve their identified outcomes.”

“We offer innovative, personalised assistance to develop the necessary support to complement and supplement the individual's social and community network. We strive towards achieving genuine community inclusion.” she said.

Today serves as a reminder of what still needs to be done to ensure the four million Australians with disability have access to opportunities to fully participate in social and economic life.

For further details on International Day of People with Disability, visit http://www.idpwd.com.au/3-december/

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