Get rid of ACC... In favour of a fair, robust support organisation
If I went blind in an accident, my adaptive technology would be covered, my mobility aids would be covered, my income would be assured, my support needs would be covered.
I went functionally blind from a neurological illness. I have to buy my own white cane, and apply to the lotteries disability fund for adaptive tech, and prove that I am giving back to my community to somehow earn the right to have my basic needs met.
Buy your lotto ticket this week... because otherwise Jane doesn't get a wheelchair.
Quite apart from the harm gambling does, that is flat out rediculous. No one should have to beg and get letters from community members to have their basic mobility needs met, even if my disability makes it physically impossible to leave the house without the adaptive equipment, I would have to be an active part of my community to get the equipment... that would allow me to be an active part of my community.
My weekly income, after tax, from the supported living benefit is $359 a week. To put that in context, that is $104 LESS than the pension!
If I had been working MINIMUM WAGE, full time, and become disabled because of an accident, I would get 80%, which would be, after tax $562. Which is $203 more than supported living. And that is minimum wage, people with higher pay when they become disabled due to an accident, get higher incomes. Because if you are born disabled, I guess you just aren't worth anything...
Get rid of this unfair, broken, 2-teir system, and bring all disabled and chronically ill people under the care and support structures of ACC, as you should under the UNCRPD.
Currently, our lives, as disabled people, are a lottery, based on how we became disabled. But hey.... maybe that lottery will fund Johns seizure alert dog.
Why the contribution is important
We all pay taxes. Why should two people with the exact same disability needs and effects have such different levels of financial, medical, and practical support?
There is no reason.
by AceTimelord on March 24, 2023 at 03:53PM