On this International Day of People with Disability, the Hon Stephen Dawson MLC, Minister for Disability Services launched A Western Australia for Everyone: State Disability Strategy 2020-2030.

Developed based on an all-of-community consultation process, the strategy sets the foundation for building a more inclusive Western Australia, empowering people with disability to participate meaningfully in society and to have the resources to do so.

An exclusive ‘thank you’ event took place on 27 November 2020 to acknowledge the significant work and contribution of the Co-Design Group and other key stakeholders in informing the Strategy.

Today, Minister Dawson launched the Strategy in tandem with the release of the Autism Alert Card, a partnership between Western Australia Police and the Autism Association of WA.

“I’m proud to be launching the State Government’s strategy and vision for Western Australians living with disability on the UN International Day of People with Disability,” Minister Dawson said.

“This will be an ongoing journey of change and we must all acknowledge our role; future generations will be the judge of our accomplishments.

“My thanks and congratulations to the Co-Design Group, who have been instrumental in the development of this Strategy. Their voices are reflected across the Strategy in the pillars, priority areas and actions and importantly in the tone, aspiration and challenge we are setting for all Western Australians.”

About 411,500 Western Australians live with a moderate to severe disability – it is up to all of us to promote inclusivity and equality.

A group photograph of those who contributed to the development of the State Disability Strategy.

Image: Hon Stephen Dawson MLC (back row, fourth left) with members of the Co-Design Group and disability sector representatives who assisted the development of the Strategy.

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