$929,000 in funding support for Tasmanians with disability

People with disability across Tasmania will have access to greater support to participate in community activities and strengthen their self-advocacy skills thanks to a $929,000 grant by the Liberal Government.

Today, Liberal Senator for Tasmania, Eric Abetz, announced that disability organisation Speak Out Association of Tasmania would be provided with a grant of up to $929,304 to fund its “Peers for Success” program, which will combine the positive impact of peer support networks with self-advocacy/empowerment education. All activities will be co-designed and co-facilitated by people with intellectual disability (PWID).

The “Peers for Success” program will reinvigorate peer-led networks impacted by COVID,  extend networks and groups in hard to reach environments - e.g. group homes, remote areas, upskill PWID as peer educators, facilitators and mentors, deliver the Road to Success Self Advocacy Program and extend Speak Out’s individualised leadership development program.

Speak Out will deliver the Peers for Success program across the state. Capacity-building activities will focus on the areas in the southern region of Tasmania (including the greater Hobart region, Huon Valley) the north west region including Circular Head, the west coast, and the northern region of Tasmania. Speak Out aims for the program to assist over 350 people and is set to roll out in July. 

“One in five Tasmanians live with disability and Speak Out Association of Tasmania is therefore a much-needed organisation providing personalised advocacy and support to people with intellectual disability across our state,” Senator Abetz said.

“Covid-19 has had a negative impact on connectedness, motivation, independence and empowerment for people with disability and this grant will greatly advance the chances of people with disabilities living an ordinary life, developing a positive sense of knowing who they are, as well as their value and rights.”  

Speak Out Manager Jenny Dixon said that “People with intellectual disability have many skills and talents to mentor each other, raise community awareness about issues of importance, and lead change.” 

“Our Facebook traffic increased by more than 1000 per cent during Covid-19 as people sought support and information and this grant is a timely investment in working toward the goal for a more inclusive society that enables all Tasmanians to participate in their community.”

The grant is being delivered under the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) grants program. ILC provides funding to organisations to deliver projects in the community that benefit all Australians with disability, their carers and families.

The Speak Out Association of Tasmania is a disabled persons' organisation that aims to develop a respectful community for people with disability (PWD) by promoting and defending rights through our advocacy work, building the capacity of PWD, good governance that includes PWID and building the capacity of communities.

About Eric

Eric Abetz has been a Liberal Senator for Tasmania since 1994 and has served in a range of Leadership, Ministerial and Shadow Ministerial roles.

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