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15 October 2013
Endeavour Foundation CEO David Barbagallo has welcomed today’s announcement by Queensland Minister for Disability Services, Tracy Davis, that the state government will transition government-run accommodation and respite services for people with a disability to non-profit support organisations.
“This decision recognises that Queenslanders with a disability must be ready for the National Disability Insurance Scheme to be fully implemented in Queensland from July 2016,” Mr Barbagallo said.
“I welcome confirmation that the state government will ensure people in government-run disability services will be able to move to individualised arrangements, suited to their own needs and requirements,” he said.
“This is in keeping with the key elements of the NDIS, and will help Queenslanders with a disability prepare for the choice, control and independence that will become theirs under the NDIS.
“Queensland has many experienced and quality non-profit disability service providers, with a proven ability to support people with a disability in individualised arrangments.
“This is an important decision by the State Government because as people with a disability gain greater control over the choices of their everyday lives the prospect of acceptance and inclusion in our community rises significantly. An inclusive society helps people live richer lives,” Mr Barbagallo concluded.
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