People with a disability, their families and their carers discovered how they could tell their story at the Disability Royal Commission. Lawyers from Your Story Disability Legal Support are coming to Forbes next week to help people tell their disability.
Your Story solicitor Rachael Vincent said the service was created to support people with a disability, their families, carers, supporters and advocates. “We understand there are many people with a disability who may want to share their stories with the Royal Commission,” she said.
“People can share all kinds of experiences with the Royal Commission. This could include negative experiences, or ideas about how we can create a more inclusive society for all.”
“But we also understand that many are worried if they do, their lives may be made worse. That may be through discrimination, or changes to the delivery of their essential services by people who may still be involved in their care. We’re here to empower people to be able to share their stories safely.”
Your Story Disability Legal Support is a joint initiative between National Legal Aid and National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services, set up to give legal support and advice to people wanting to share their stories with the Royal Commission.
Local staff from Legal Aid NSW and Aboriginal Legal Services NSW/ACT, who know the community and local issues, provide the services on the ground in Forbes.
All of the stories gathered in Forbes will inform the Disability Roy-al Commissions final report, which is expected to be presented to the federal government in the second half of 2022.
The report will make recommendations about how we can make changes to improve the lives of people with disability and empower everyone to live safely and participate equally in society.
For more information contact 1800 77 1800 or go to www.yourstorydisabilitylegal.org.au