CANBERRA LIBERALS ANNOUNCE DISABILITY PACKAGE

The Canberra Liberals will provide $300,000 in funding to ensure Spinal Cord Injuries of Australia can bring their spinal cord injury rehabilitation program, NeuroMoves, to the ACT. The Canberra Liberals will also establish a Disability Access Taskforce to enhance accessibility for all Canberrans with a disability.

“I am committed to supporting greater choice and freedom for people with a disability, and this is why the we will be bring the NeuroMoves program to the ACT,” Shadow Minister for Disability Services Andrew Wall said today.

“The program has been operating in other major cities for 8 years, and is a community rehabilitation program. It is designed to assist a person with a spinal cord injury to improve and maximise their functional ability, and to lead a more independent life.

“Because of a lack of suitable programs in the ACT, residents with an acquired injury must currently travel to Sydney to access this service. However, we believe these Canberrans should have every opportunity to access appropriate rehabilitation in their own city.

“We will work in conjunction with community partners, who have committed start up funding and premises for a period of 2 years. This is a fee for service system and will be self sufficient once the service commences,” Mr Wall concluded.

“On top of bringing NeuroMoves to the ACT, we will establish the Disability Access Taskforce, as suggested by People with Disabilities ACT (PWD ACT) in a submission during the 2016-17 Budget process,” Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson said.

“The Canberra Liberals believe that experience should inform practical solutions that can enhance the lives of people with a disability in the ACT.  This will assist them to live, work and commute in our city more easily,” Mr Hanson concluded.