Welcome to all readers of our eNews
Thank you once again for opening our monthly eNews as we keep you updated on the disability space.
We have some exciting news at IDEAS with our brand new website going live this week! Please visit our site at ideas.org.au and have a look around. We are seeking your feedback because as with any new product there are always small changes to be made. We would love to hear your thoughts, so please let us know what you think by filling out our website feedback form.
It's really hard for IDEAS and our customers right now. We just don't know if we will be able to answer people's calls after June 30. We are stuck in a waiting game caused by the election this coming Saturday, and the timing of the next round of NDIS ILC grants as well as the NSW Government choosing not to fund disability information services.
We welcome a commitment from Minister for Families and Social Services Paul Fletcher MP that the Coalition, if re-elected, will spend $45 million to develop a national disability information gateway, including a website and 1800 number, to assist all people with disability and their families to locate and access services in their communities."
We also recognise that Senator Carol Brown has shared that "Australian Labor Party believes that advocacy and being able to access the right information is vitally important and we look forward to working with IDEAS if we are lucky enough to win the election."
We've had promising discussions with both major parties about the need for independent disability information services, but until a new Federal Government is formed, nobody can commit the essential immediate funding to keep IDEAS operating. Our doors will close and years of expertise lost unless bridge funding is not invested on Day 1 of the next Government - so we need both camps to be ready to act.
In the meantime, we will keep fighting to save what our callers "lifesaving service" and continue to answer the phones and to help people with disability by providing with them free, accurate and independent disability information to enable people to make informed life choices. Please let your local MP or candidate know that IDEAS is a service you believe needs to continue beyond June 30.
Thanks for your time, and we hope you enjoy this edition.
IDEAS Executive Officer