Survey could help disabled
WARWICK residents with a disability and their carers are being urged to spend a few minutes completing a survey that could potentially increase the facilities and services available in the area.
The Warwick Disability Group has worked tirelessly over the past few years to gain funding for a study to identify the current needs for the disabled community and their families.
President Peter Stacy said people can take part in the study – conducted by the University of Queensland – by spending a few minutes completing a questionnaire regarding their circumstances.
The results will be used to identify gaps within the services offered within the community and will be able to be used at a later stage to obtain funding and support to fill those gaps.
Member for Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg yesterday said he considered the project to be a fantastic idea and urged people to get behind it.
“This is an enormous credit to the Disability Support group,” he said.
“It has been a real labour of love and the whole idea of trying to find out that the need is for disability support in the community is fantastic.”
Mr Springborg said people are falling through the cracks and said the solution was a combination of self-help and government assistance.
Once the results are compiled, Mr Springborg said they would also be a valuable tool for council in terms of developing future planning and evaluating needs.
In 2006 there were 1069 individuals with disabilities identified within the former Warwick Shire, equating to about 5.27% of the population.
Mr Springborg said while many of those individuals were taken care of by parents or others, there was a concern about what would happen when that was no longer possible.
“Some of these people are happy to carry the burden while they’re able-bodied, but the concern is what happens when they’re no longer able to care for the person they love?” Mr Springborg said.
Mr Stacy said he hoped the results would open the door to greater resources for disabled people, making the transition during such a time much easier for those involved.
Pick up the disability needs questionnaire at: Caltex Service Station (Wallace St), Warwick Library and Mobile Library, Lawrence Springborg’s office (King St), Department of Communities office (King St), Condamine Medical Centre, Allora Pharmacy, St Vinnie’s Killarney.
For more information call Peter on 0408 674 634.