Wall: Respite Closure May Not Be the Last

Shadow Minister for Disability Andrew Wall says the recent decision to close ACT Government operated respite centres such as Elouera Respite House has created significant distress for the families affected.

The closure has also created even more uncertainty as to what government run services may be closed in the lead up to the ACT’s transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

“With 9 months and counting until the ACT transitions to the NDIS, there is still far too much uncertainty for people with a disability, their carers and their families as to what will happen after 1 July 2014,” Mr Wall said.

“Joy Burch needs to explain to the disability sector and the wider community what role the ACT Government will have in service provision after the NDIS commences in the ACT on 1 July next year.

“It’s not good enough to simply shut services with little or no notice,” Mr Wall concluded.