The Office for Disability and Client Services (ODACS) leads strategic planning, policy development and resource allocation for the disability sector in South Australia. The office also provides advice to the South Australian Minister for Disability and Chief Executive of the Department for Families and Communities - www.sa.gov.au
The Disability Advocacy and Complaints Service of South Australia Inc. facilitates the airing and resolution of disability based grievances in a manner that supports and encourages people with a disability, their carers families and associates through the provision of individual advocacy - www.dacssa.org.au
Disability Statistics for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
In the past it has been difficult to obtain adequate data on disability among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. However, in 2002 the ABS ran a multi-dimensional social survey, the National Aboriginal and Torres Islander Social Survey. The ABS found that 102,900, or 37% of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over had a disability or long-term health condition. It was estimated that 21,800, or 8% of these people had a 'profound or severe core activity limitation' i.e. they either always, or sometimes needed assistance with self-care, mobility or communication.
Dignity for the Disabled has become in the last four years South Australia's highest profile disability advocacy group.
Run only by volunteers and with no funding, federal or state, it has brought to the disability sector much needed public recognition and a highly visible level of advocacy designed to highlight unmet need, to Governments, media and the broader community.
The Australian Association for Families of Children with Disability (AAFCD), using ABS data, estimated that 154,231 or 11.8% of South Australians aged 0 - 64 had a disability ranging from moderate or mild to profound or severe. They also estimated that 57,877 or 4.4% of South Australians aged 0 - 64 had a profound or severe disability i.e. 1 in every 25 people.
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