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Call for people living with disability to join Disability Engagement Register

Saturday – 3 December 2016

Disabilities Minister Leesa Vlahos is urging South Australians to join the Disability Engagement Register so they can provide confidential advice about issues that are important to the lives of people with disability.

Ms Vlahos’ calls come on International Day of People with a Disability which is celebrated around the world on December 3.

Government and non-government organisations use the register as an engagement tool and to communicate with registered members about their own projects and work.

The register currently has about 200 members and Ms Vlahos says she wants to expand it to at least 400 to coincide with the roll out of the National Disability Scheme.

The register is targeted at people with disability, though anyone with an interest in disability matters can join including family members, friends and carers.

It is easy and free to join the register via an online registration form. Registrations can also be made by post, email and phone.

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Background

The Disability Engagement Register is managed by the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI). For more information about the department visit www.dcsi.sa.gov.au

DCSI would like to grow and expand the register membership particularly among people who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, and people from different multicultural backgrounds.

The South Australia Government is committed to ensuring that people with disability are able to live safely in accessible and supportive communities, with opportunities to reach their potential and participate fully in our society.

Quotes attributable to Disabilities Minister Leesa Vlahos

It is important that as a community we reduce barriers and enable people with disability to achieve their full potential and participate fully as equal citizens.

People with disability and their families, friends and carers should have opportunities to have a say in decisions that will affect their lives.

I encourage South Australians with disability, and anyone interested in disability matters, to join the Disability Engagement Register to be a positive influence on disability matters.

I also encourage organisations to use the knowledge and experiences of Disability Engagement Register members for projects that may affect the lives of people with disability, their family, friends and carers.