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Who am I? What’s d4d? Rick Neagle, President of Dignity for Disability Represented by one MP – Kelly Vincent MLC in the South Australia’s upper house.

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3 Who am I? What’s d4d? Rick Neagle, President of Dignity for Disability Represented by one MP – Kelly Vincent MLC in the South Australia’s upper house First political party representing disability issues to have MP elected in Australia, possibly the world Thanks for the opportunity to speak with you today

4 State Government 1000 Advocates 20000 clients + Critical 1 Waiting Lists Disability Minister Disability SA MEDIA

5 History - Dignity for Disability (d4d) Unmet need – crisis driven Party formed in 2006 Single issue political party Jay Weatherill/Isobel Redmond SA has lowest funding per client Primary Votes Strategy Outcome 1.Increase $30M = some capital expenditure 2.Published unmet need list 3.Consumer Choice 4.Self managed funding

6 Dignity for Disability (d4d) 2010 State Poll “dignity through choice” Unite the fractured disability sector Poorly resourced Dr Paul Collier death Elected on 2% of primary vote Preference deals gained 11% of the vote after preference distribution

7 My history Personal experience Family/Community St Peters College Norwood Football Club Sports Physio practice Post Graduate study Boards and Committees Variety “Children’s charity ”

8 My Journey Social justice agenda My son – Mitchell ASD Lack of affordable services Helping Autism Package NDIS Bigger picture

9 Early intervention Misdiagnosed Professor Robyn Young ABA Management VBA - Key early Years (KEY) Kindergarten with support $45K per year for 2.5 years

10 Early intervention Dr Sinclair Bode Diet Occupational Therapy Hydrotherapy Muscle Energy Techniques Music Therapy

11 Mitchell’s Journey Modbury Special School Other options Coomera School Kingscliff 9 out 10 marriages end Joint custody

12 Schooling – Mitchell’s journey St Patricks Special School Swimming Ten Pin Bowling Cycling Baseball



15 aeiou Foundation Autism Early Intervention Outcomes Unit (aeiou) Board Best practice guidelines Synergy Economics 12 centres Funding ASELCC – Griffith University Quantitative Outcomes No model perfect or answer for every child with ASD, but imagine if all children with autism went through a funded early intervention model before entering your classroom?

16 Constituent issues in education Child abuse Bullying School as a community institution. IEP – recognising individuality; diversity in school settings Respite Stress on non-disabled siblings Transition to adulthood

17 Abuse of children with disabilities significant media coverage about protection for children with disabilities greater than 4x more abuse implications for teachers or educators – many parents have significant anxiety about school buses or with unfamiliar school staff – mandatory reporting

18 Bullying Bullying of students with disabilities in mainstream schools is too common (Lomax Smith) Easy targets Recent report by Victorian Equal Opportunity Commission highlighted this issue in schools. Hoping that it might be investigated in SA by the EOC too “I can’t stand it anymore” by Tim Sharp

19 Institutions Devalued life - self expression personal development No freedom or control - hard to be heard Impoverishment - disempowerment Sheltered but homeless - home is more than a roof Care and not Support - assumes passivity Disconnected - citizens who report abuse Loveless - the shift of focussing on prevention of abuse Active citizenship

20 School as a community institution School are institutions in our community Important that the culture and norms valued at schools respect diversity of students – whether it be ethnic, gender or disability Many special schools are an important and invaluable system of social support for students with disabilities and their families – can be essential, especially in times of crises

21 “ Play IT again Sam” by Tim Sharp

22 Individual Education Plans Kelly’s office regularly gets calls from parents that feel their child’s IEP is too rigid, doesn’t acknowledge the unique challenges and gifts of their child, nor the general diversity of disability eg. thinking all children with autism are artistic or mathematic savants! Need for schools to adapt bureaucratic processes to suit students with disability eg. communication methods with parents. SACE certificates – writing student disability on the Record of Achievement. They already know they’re different – no need to highlight it! Ongoing issue Kelly’s office looking into with DECD.

23 “I want IT” by Tim Sharp

24 Respite The ‘unmet needs’ list in South Australia is long and ever-increasing The need for respite for parents and families of children with disabilities are a significant part of this ‘unmet needs’ queue – issue will often become evident in school environment Need for support and understanding from the school – and reporting to Department to help drive reform and more support

25 “Go get IT” by Tim Sharp

26 The stress on non-disabled siblings In addition to the complexities developing strategies for children with disabilities, understanding needed by teachers of students where siblings have disability. Lack of attention on non-disabled child/children can cause them to act out, feel unloved. Important teachers are aware of extra stress in home environment for non-disabled child.


28 Transition to adulthood Services ceasing at end of school or 18 years of age – big problem as disability doesn’t cease when you become an adult! Lack of transition options – further education? Work? Housing? Social integration? Hoping that NDIS will assist with this issue, but it remains to be seen. Another anxious time for parents – Disability Services SA are currently phasing out use of Day Options for some PWD when they leave school.


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