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    Minister for Disability Services and Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Sky’s the limit for people with a disability

    Minister for Disability Services and Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Tuesday, September 22, 2009

    Sky’s the limit for people with a disability

    Disability Services Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk today welcomed a new blueprint which challenges all areas of society to produce a better future for people with a disability in Queensland.

    Ms Palaszczuk attended the launch of the Blue Skies Scenario in Brisbane, which highlights the roles of people with a disability, friends, family, carers, government and the broader community to produce a truly inclusive society for people with a disability.

    “The Blue Skies Scenario proposes an alternate future for people with a disability that is fully accepting and inclusive of people with a disability,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “This broadest of visions includes equality in education, urban planning and private construction and caters for the diverse needs of different disabilities and above all it is founded by the acknowledgement of their inherent rights as citizens.

    “Achieving this goal is more than the result of the governments’ response – the scenario recognises that to develop this truly inclusive society the whole community has to accept disability as a social issue.

    “I welcome this document as a platform for real and meaningful conversation about the way forward for people with a disability.”

    Ms Palaszczuk said the scenario, developed this year by the Blue Skies group within the disability sector, supported the Bligh Government’s ambition to deliver fair and inclusive communities across Queensland.

    “We are currently working to establish a 10-year plan to drive action and reform for the future of disability services in Queensland,” she said.

    “The Blue Skies Scenario will help shape the Bligh Government’s 10-year strategy and I strongly welcome this very valuable input into our vision for reform.

    “The blueprint has the potential to develop improvements to the way individuals, communities and governments respond to the needs of people living with a disability.

    “I am particularly impressed with the emphasis Blue Skies gives to the central role of family, friends and community in the lives of people with a disability, and its focus on building on community, family and individual strengths.”

    Ms Palaszczuk said the Bligh Government would continue to work with people with a disability, the disability sector and the community to develop bright and innovative ideas to shape tomorrow’s Queensland.

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