Mums support disability scheme

Every Australian counts: Mums including Kirsten Andrews (far left), have their say on the planned National Disability Insurance Scheme. Picture: Jane Dyson
Every Australian counts: Mums including Kirsten Andrews (far left), have their say on the planned National Disability Insurance Scheme. Picture: Jane Dyson

A GROUP of mums and their children hosted a DisabiliTEA last Friday at Dolls Point to raise awareness of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Kirsten Andrews joined a Facebook campaign last year to spread the word about the scheme, which was given in-principle support.

She said none of the children at the picnic had special needs but she felt empathy for parents who were raising children with a disability.

"When you become a mum you realise it is hard enough [without] being a mum of a child with a disability," she said.

Holding a morning tea to spread the word among friends was a good way to get the message to politicians, she said.

"There's a lot of support around the country for [the scheme] and we'd like to see it funded ASAP by state and federal governments. We'll be watching to see if it's in the budget," she said.

"The quality of us as a community is determined by how we care for our vulnerable citizens."

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