Queenslanders left struggling to access vital disability support
With access to funding and support and finding the right service providers cited as the biggest challenges facing the disability community, Developing Australian Communities is holding the annual Brisbane Disability Connection Expo at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre 29 – 30 April 2022.
While the past two years have been challenging for the whole of Queensland, systemic failures continue to make life harder for 938,000 Queenslanders with a disability and their families who are desperate for support.
For people living with a disability, the bar seems to be constantly rising, with recent accounts from people with disabilities and their families claiming they have experienced major National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funding cuts without a clear explanation.
This loss of funding can be detrimental for families who were already struggling to stay afloat. People with a disability are more likely (12%) to be unable to pay their bills on time than people without a disability (7%), with this almost tripling for people with an intellectual disability (31%)2.
As a result of the constant changing of goal posts, families are struggling to get the help they need with a staggering 40% of Queenslanders finding the NDIS too complicated to navigate without expert assistance.
The expo serves as a solution to help Queenslanders find the right support and guidance amidst the ongoing challenges brought about by living with the pandemic and the impacts of flooding across the state.