CPA community comes together to support massive National Day of Action for the NDIS

CPA community comes together to support massive National Day of Action for the NDIS
Posted on Fri 29 Apr 2022

On Thursday 28 April, Cerebral Palsy Alliance was proud to join forces with disability advocates, community campaigners, disability service providers and everyday Australians to mark a ‘National Day of Action’ for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

We’re a proud supporter of the #SaveOurNDIS campaign, which aims to ensure a strong NDIS is at the heart of the upcoming Federal Election.

On the Central Coast, we partnered with Every Australian Counts to celebrate the NDIS with a fabulous community morning tea featuring free merchandise and giveaways, family entertainment, food and drinks, plus local politicians and guest speakers.

It was a fantastic community turnout at the Central Coast Leagues Club, with other disability service providers to attend the event including Sunnyfield, Unisson and Ability Options. Media from ABC, local radio stations and NBN also attended – click here to see the news report from the event.

CPA Erina Therapy Services Manager, Rachael McGlynn, moderated an inspiring panel where CPA clients discussed their lived experience of disability and the NDIS. Para-athlete Tahlia Blanshard, an inaugural member of the new ParaMatildas training squad – the first women’s national team for players with cerebral palsy – spoke about how major cuts to her plan had forced her to miss out on vital therapy appointments and other critical services:

“The NDIS makes such a big difference in the lives of disabled people. We shouldn’t have to go through the exhausting strain of having to continually justify why we need the most basic of supports to live our lives,” she said.

Click here to see Tahlia’s NBN Central Coast interview.

We were just one of many events held in more than a dozen cities and towns around the country to mark the National Day of Action. The fun didn’t end there though – the day was capped off with a ‘Big Night In’, an exciting virtual rally hosted by spokesperson Elly Desmarchelier to map out the final weeks of the upcoming Federal Election campaign. We heard from prominent Australians including Bill Shorten, Julia Gillard, Australian of the Year Dylan Alcott and our very own Hannah Diviney about why the campaign is so crucial.

"The NDIS is something that is very close to all people with disability's hearts. It's such an important scheme that not only gives us the choice to do what we want, but let's us live the lives that we deserve to live and we've got to defend it."

- Dylan Alcott

You can head to the Every Australian Counts Facebook page to re-watch the live stream of the entire event.

Thank you to the hundreds of you in the CPA family and wider disability community who came together to put the NDIS in the spotlight for the upcoming election!

We’ll continue to share the latest news from the campaign to ensure a strong NDIS in the coming weeks. Head to the Teamwork Works website to find out how you can get involved.

There’s a new and exciting voice on Sydney's airwaves – Aaryan Shah, a 20-year-old university student and long-term part of the Cerebral Palsy Alliance community who hopes to one day host his own weekly sports show!

The 18th edition of the 20/twenty Challenge, Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s annual team fundraising event, was a massive success, raising almost $400,000 to purchase much-needed equipment and assistive technology for kids with cerebral palsy!