Disability Day celebrated at Jelly Bean Park

Michael Kean, Brittni Riddle, Sue Field and Phillip Thomas are at Jelly Bean Park on Saturday to celebrate International Day of People With a Disability.Disability Services Australia (DSA) celebratedInternational Day of People With a Disability (IDPWD) by holding a market stall in Jelly Bean Park on Saturday.

“My team and Iwere there to sell succulents that our customers had made, all money raised goes to the Shoalhaven Disability Forum,” DSAcustomer relationship managerBrittni Riddle said.

“We were also there to raise awareness for IDPWD and to simply take part in the family fun day event being held at Jelly Bean Park and the Wesley Centre.”

Ms Riddle hoped the event would help create a more inclusive community for people with a disability.

“These events will hopefully provide awareness to local businesses who may be able to become moreaccessible for people with a disability, which then means people with a disability are able to access the same activities and local events as a person without a disability,” she said.

“Events such as these can also create a better understanding of how a disability can affect someones every day life,community members who may not know or care for a person with a disability can understand why it is so important to create an inclusive community environment.”

The event also provided information for people with a disability and their carers on where and how to seek support if required as the NDIS rolls out next July in the Shoalhaven.

“The NDIS will create more choice for people with a disability, currentlythey do not have much flexibility in how or where their funding is allocated,”Ms Riddle said.

“As the NDIS rolls out, people with a disability will be able to choose when, where, and how long their supports are provided for and by who they choose.

“These choices will vastly improve their lifestyle, as the current funding model is a one size fits all approach that doesn’t necessarily work for everyone.”

DSA along with other providers in the Shoalhaven are ready to assist people with a disability and their families to create their first NDIS plan and support them through the process.

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