Helen Said

With acknowledgements to Michael Merrett

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Independently accessible transport options are key to achieving equality for people with disabilities. Public transport vehicles which have to be accessed by drivers setting down ramps are only partially accessible as they do not allow people in wheelchairs to access vehicles independently. As such socialists support:

With acknowledgement to Murray Stewart.

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As socialists we support putting control of the lives of people with disabilities back into the hands of people with disabilities themselves.

A few key features of removing discrimination include:

Building codes which ensure that a large percentage of new housing stock are fully accessible to people in wheelchairs.

Most Disability Support Payment (DSP) recipients live under draconian Welfare to Work legislation introduced by the Howard government in 2006. These provisions force people with disabilities and other disadvantaged income support recipients to search for work, without adequately addressing the disadvantages people with disabilities experience in finding and keeping meaningful jobs with liveable wages.

Any person at any stage of life can acquire a disability. We live in an aging society. Disability is being diagnosed in an increasing number of babies and children. In fact, it is estimated that up to 25% of the population has some form of disability.

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