As part of Disability Action Week (9-15 September), we’re launching our new Advocacy Charter, which will focus our efforts now and into the future.
The Charter details the principles that drive us, as an advocate for people with spinal cord damage and the wider disability community.
We have also identified our key priorities over the coming months, which are:
- Accessible accommodation
- Accessible local communities
- Access to funding, aids and equipment
Spinal Life Executive Manager – Member Services, Ross Duncan, said the Charter was developed in response to feedback from members.
“We have met with members and heard their concerns about a range of issues that impact their daily lives,” he said.
“That’s why we’ve created an Advocacy Charter to guide us as we lobby for change on a local, state and national level.
“We have seven key priorities and outlined specific actions we will be undertaking to improve the lives of people with spinal cord damage.”
Ross said Spinal Life members could participate in advocacy activities, with more opportunities to arise in line with the Charter.
“We also provide support to our members individually, which includes assistance with the NDIS review process,” he said.
“We also aim to empower people to become advocates for themselves, particularly in their local communities.”
More information about the Charter will be shared with members during meetings held as part of Disability Action Week and upcoming events, along with a special feature in the next issue of The Advocate magazine.
Advocacy is a key focus area for our new Strategic Roadmap, which sets out our renewed purpose, mission, vision and core values.
To read the full Charter, including our principles and information on each key priority, click here.