Special needs community needs clarity
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Special needs community needs clarity

Information has been sought on when supported accommodation residents with special needs can again attend day care and day therapy classes.

Gippsland East Nationals MP and Shadow Minister for Disability, Tim Bull, has raised in Parliament the fact those with special needs living at home can attend sessions, but those in supported shared accommodation cannot under Coronavirus restrictions.

“In regions that have been COVID free for months, this is causing not only significant stress to the individuals, but also carers and families who have increased demands as a result,” he said.

“What these families are looking for is a timeframe and pathway as to when those who they care for, can resume attendance at these programs.

“In turn, what I am seeking from the Minister is a timeframe, as this sector receives no mention in the government’s ‘road map’.

“The other matter I also want to rise is the inability for many to attend these day programs and sessions has also impacted on the viability of the service providers.

“Because attendance at these sessions has been cut, it has greatly impacted their bottom line and I want a guarantee from the disability Minister he will not let any disability service providers go under as a result of COVID.”

Tuesday, November 17, 2020