Page 1190 - Week 04 - Wednesday, 4 May 2022

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who are participating who have disability and from all of us to perhaps sometimes hear some things that are very hard to hear about where we have not been doing as well as we could have and what we can do to change that.

MR BRADDOCK: Minister, from a personal perspective, what is the disability strategy going to do for parents with children who have autism?

MS DAVIDSON: It is incredibly important that we are able to have these broader conversations about what disability means in our community. I have had quite a lot of feedback from people who have autism or from people who have ADHD as well about the ways in which they have had difficulty in achieving a diagnosis and then achieving the supports and services that they need. The NDIS has not been able to provide them with the supports that they need in all of those cases.

It is about being able to have a conversation about what neurodiversity means and how important neurodiversity is for us as a society. The different perspectives that people bring to solving problems that we all face can make all of us stronger as a community. We need all of those perspectives if we are really going to solve big problems like climate change, the future of work and how we engage and communicate with each other in a respectful and effective way.

MR DAVIS: Minister, what specific and tangible outcomes would you like to see come out of the strategy to improve the lives of people with a disability in Canberra?

MS DAVIDSON: I would not like to pre-empt what the outcomes might be, but I have been really excited to hear some of the early feedback that people are having conversations about issues like employment, as well as some of the physical infrastructure and town planning aspects.

I am very excited about the way in which this is being conducted, because that will shift the way that we think about disability in this city. All of the conversations that are being held as part of this consultation are being led by people from our disability community. They have shown great courage and great leadership in being able to do that and in co-designing the process with the Office for Disability.

I am very excited that, with the diverse range of ways in which people can engage, we will be able to hear the full ideas that people have about what we should be working on. That includes being able to complete a survey on the YourSay website that will be open until 31 June. They can attend open forums and there are a series of public consultations on particular topics happening between now and June, also on the YourSay website.

There is also a kitchen table conversation kit, and that is really exciting to me. People will be able to get together in small groups of people that they know and trust and have a group conversation in a COVID-safe way and then contribute that back to this broader consultation, as well as being able to upload submissions, not just written submissions but audio and video submissions as well. With all of those different ways of being able to engage, I am hopeful that we will see a really diverse range of outcomes from this strategy.

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