Disability Council meets delegation from Wuhan, China
Paul Raciborski and Unis Goh met with six members of the Wuhan branch of the Disabled Persons’ Federation (DPF) of China on Friday, 7th December. The delegates are visiting groups in Australia and New Zealand to learn of best practice around the world. The meeting was an exchange of information on how disability is supported around the world.
Compared to other cities in China, Wuhan is recognised as being a barrier free environment. Penalties are now in place for new building developments that do not meet barrier free specifications. Quotas are also in place governing employment for people with disability.
The visiting delegation were very interested in Australian legislation on disability, and Council members spoke about the structure of service provision in Australia. National and State departments were discussed, as well as the role of NGOs. Service provision differs in China as there is no NGO sector, so the DPF is both the service provider and the voice for persons with disability.
Paul and Unis detailed the expected launch of the NDIS next year, and Paul spoke at length about the importance of Person Centred Approaches and the significance of the changes it entails in service delivery.
A positive recent development in service delivery in China is the increased awareness of the benefits of early intervention. It looks like major changes are in store for both countries.
By Paul Raciborski and Unis Goh