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Calling on Queenslanders with disabilities to participate in survey

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Queenslanders with disabilities are invited to have their say on their experiences, successes and challenges as part of a ‘Voice of Queenslanders with Disability’ survey.

Now in its second year, the survey aims to help government, business and service providers to understand what is working in different areas – such as employment, getting support, and health and wellbeing – and enhance services and programs.

The survey will find out how different areas are changing over time.

Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN) is working with Griffith University to collect the information, which will be published in an annual report showing trends on the social and economic participation of people with disability, and their experiences of services.

Last year’s survey showed life had improved for one in three Queenslanders living with disability, their family and carers, compared to the previous year.

The Queensland Government’s annual investment of almost $2.5 billion is a key driver of improved outcomes, with the number of National Disability Insurance Scheme participants in the state forecast to grow to over 200,000 people in the next decade.

By conducting the survey annually, it is expected to show over time where the lives of people with disability in Queensland are improving, while monitoring progress of actions under the Queensland Disability Plan 2022–2027: Together, a better Queensland.

Minister for Disability Services Charis Mullen said: “More than 440 people took part in the survey last year, and we hope to see even more participate this year.

“Last year’s survey showed that for most Queenslanders, progress is being made towards an inclusive and accessible state.

“However, there is still more to do.

“And the people who know this best are Queenslanders with disability, their families and their carers – which is why we need to hear from them directly.

“It’s an opportunity to tell us what is getting better, what is getting worse, and what we need to do to build a more inclusive Queensland.

“Ultimately, we all want the same thing and that is to ensure people with disability are supported to fulfil their potential.”

Queenslanders with Disability Network, Michelle Moss said: “QDN is delighted to continue its collaboration with the Queensland Government and Griffith University for the second year in the Voices of Queenslanders with Disability survey and report.

“The first inaugural report provided valuable insights into the lives of Queenslanders with disability, and the reinforcement of this year’s survey will provide further information and data to understand where we are at.

“We encourage all people with disability, families and carers to provide your feedback and insight in helping to shape the future of Queensland.”

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