Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania



1 December 2019

Roger Jaensch, Minister for Disability Services and Community Development

Time to celebrate and acknowledge people living with disability

The Hodgman majority Liberal Government is the strongest supporter of people who live with disability and the carers and communities who work with them.

On Tuesday, December 3, we will celebrate the International Day of People with a Disability and over the next few days there will be many events around the state to mark this important day.

Today I was at Montrose celebrating A Day on the Foreshore which is an event supported by the Glenorchy and Clarence city councils and celebrates the contribution people with a lived experience of disability make to their local communities.

The theme of A Day on the Foreshore is to Include, Empower and Educate individuals and the community about the abilities of people who live with disability.

International Day of People with Disability is a United Nations sanctioned day supported by the Tasmanian and Australian Government and aligns with the UN’s Rights of Persons with Disability Convention.

Tasmania’s Accessible Island: Disability Framework for Action 2018-2021 is based on a rights-based social model of disability. It acknowledges that many challenges faced by people with disability are not due to the functional limitations of individuals but rather, by the failure of society to meet their needs.

The Hodgman majority Liberal Government fully backs the National Disability Insurance scheme and has invested $1 billion in the NDIS over the forward estimates which now supports thousands of Tasmanians.

I congratulate all of those organisations and communities who are holding events to celebrate International Day of People with Disability, and I look forward to attending a morning tea at the Waratah Wynyard Council on Tuesday for that community’s celebration.



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