Cuppa brings those living with disability together

Richmond MP Justine Elliot shares a cuppa with care Connect workers.
Richmond MP Justine Elliot shares a cuppa with care Connect workers.

RICHMOND MP Justine Elliot shared a cuppa on Friday with Care Connect in Tweed Heads to support the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

More than 1700 DisabiliTEA events were held across the country, bringing together people with disability, their families and carers, service providers, advocates and other community members for morning or afternoon tea.

"Every Australian Counts has driven a significant campaign, helping people with disability, their families and carers find a voice to tell our community that the current system is under funded and inefficient and is not delivering adequate support for people with disability," Mrs Elliot said.

"It was great to meet with so many locals who are really behind this campaign."

Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator Jan McLucas said a National Disability Insurance Scheme will be launched in five locations from mid-next year.

"The Gillard Government has heard this message loud and clear and is delivering $1 billion to launch the first stage of a NDIS," Senator McLucas said.

From the middle of next year, the first stage of an NDIS will begin rolling out in South Australia, Tasmania, the ACT, the Hunter in NSW and the Barwon area of Victoria.

"From July 2013, thousands of people with disability, their families and carers will start to benefit from a National Disability Insurance Scheme."

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