Media Release by Senator the Hon Jan McLucas

‘See me and not my disability’ walkathon

Joint Media Release with:

  • Julie Owens MP, Member for Parramatta

Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator Jan McLucas today joined more than 600 people, including Paralympian Kristy Pond at a walkathon event in Parramatta to raise money and awareness for people with disability.

Senator McLucas said that the walkathon played a strong role in promoting an important message – to see the person and not their disability.

Member for Parramatta, Julie Owens who also participated in the event said the See ME, not my disability: 2012 Walk With Me event brought people with all abilities together.

“Today’s attendance demonstrates the strength of the Parramatta community and the strong support within Australia, for people with disability, their families, and carers,” said Ms Owens.

“I hope this event gives people with disability, their families and carers, the opportunity to meet each other, to share their stories and to be reassured that they are not alone.”

Senator McLucas acknowledged the complex challenges that people with disability, their families and carers face.

“Accessing disability services can be a cruel lottery where the support a person receives depends on where they live, what kind of disability they have and how they acquired that disability,” said Senator McLucas said.

“That’s why the Australian Government is providing $1 billion to deliver the first stage of a National Disability Insurance Scheme.

“An NDIS will soon become a reality for about 20,000 people with disability in five states and territories, as well as their families and carers.”

“It means people with disability will have more control over the support they receive, and have access to the services they need to participate in school, work and the community to their full potential.”

Senator McLucas said that today’s event provided an opportunity to acknowledge the important and valued work that organisations like Northcott Disability Services provide.

“Congratulations to Northcott Disability Services for organising such a tremendous event here today.”