Want to do one, small good deed today, that won’t cost you anything and will take under one minute? Then please read an email that my good friend Sheila Andrews sent me. Sheila works for The Spinal Injuries Association and sent me an email telling me about why Graham, one of her members can’t have lunch:
“I always assumed that if you have a disability, the government supported you / your family and you’d be covered at least for the basics. Nope – ‘fraid not.
I cannot tell you what an eye opener it has been working in this field! As someone who was lucky enough not to be born with a disability, and with no friends or family affected by disability, it never occurred to me to give it a thought. Which is pretty common – most of the fantastic volunteers I work with who have a spinal cord injury never gave it a thought either, until they sustained paraplegia or quadriplegia and their entire life became unrecognisable.
Having a disability is hard enough without having to fight for every single bit of equipment you need, or the help you need just to get out of bed, let alone the extras which could help you live more independently and hang out with your mates like you used to. In fact I was amazed to find out last week that one of our members can’t have lunch – his story’s in our short video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTiAnB6ISdc
If we can get enough people to support a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) – then people who now have or in the future will have a disability will be supported.
Just think, if for no other reason, maybe you’ll choose to sign it because it could be you. Do you drive a car? Climb ladders? Go swimming? All these things contribute to the top 3 causes of spinal cord injuries. Which is not just about using a wheelchair – it affects bladder and bowel function, balance, your fingers and arms and all kinds of muscles – the list goes on. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to having a disability.
I think an NDIS is the very least we can do as Australians – and if you watch our video and you agree, could you please show your support online here? http://everyaustraliancounts.com.au/take_action/
Please help us get the half million signatures we need.
Thanks for reading this far, I really appreciate it – now let’s get Graham some lunch!
Please support the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) it only takes 20 seconds and it will revolutionize so many people’s lives for the better. http://everyaustraliancounts.com.au/take_action/