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Speculation continues that a new board for the NDIA, the agency delivering the NDIS, will soon be announced and there’s been no confirmation that the new members will include anyone with a lived experience of disability or service expertise.

Delivering massive disability reform without without those directly involved represented in its governance flies in the face of the whole philosophy of the NDIS. Anything about us, must include us.

The NDIS agreements signed by states and territories and the Commonwealth allow state disability ministers a say in who makes up the NDIA Board. The Board needs members with sound financial and corporate skills and it needs people who directly represent the disability community. Let’s send a social media message to every state disability minister to tell them lived experience matters.

FOR FACEBOOK

Simply choose your state or territory and click through to your Minister’s Facebook page (if they don’t have social media we have replaced them with the relevant Premier)

Most of the Ministers have turned off the ability to write on their Facebook wall. But you can still be heard by adding a comment under a recent post.

You will have the most effect if you keep your comment short and always be polite and respectful.

If you’re not sure what to say simply cut and paste the comment below:

The biggest disability reform our nation has ever seen needs people with lived experience of disability and service expertise in governance roles. It’s common sense. Minister, please ensure the new NDIA Board includes members who know directly what it is like to live with disability. #livedexperiencematters

FOR TWITTER

We have prepared a Twitter message for you. Use our message or insert your own, but be sure to include the Minister’s Twitter handle and the hashtag #livedexperiencematters. Again just choose your state or territory and we’ll link you straight through to Twitter with our message.

Note: The tool will allow you to send a message to each Minister on Facebook and Twitter so long as they have a public profile on each platform.