Disability affects all socio-economic classes and is manifest across all age
groups and discrimination occurs through all aspects of social, recreational and economic
activity. However, the impact of disability can be mitigated by higher socio-economic status.
This organization therefore spends much of its time working to address the most obvious discrimination encountered by individuals and groups doubly disadvantaged by low socio-economic status as well as the impact of their disability, especially in the areas of transport, employment, access to accommodation, education and training and transport and the use of public buildings and facilities. Our organizational goals for people with disabilities are the rights to:
v Recreation and social integration
v Full participation in the wider community
v Economic security
v Independent living
v Participation in decision-making processes affecting people
v Advocacy, and their choice of advocates
In order to achieve these goals Tasmanians with Disabilities works closely with other disability organizations, governments, business and industry and community organizations in order to assist them to meet their legal obligations under the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act 1992, and the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Act 1998. Our most recent efforts have focused on providing advice, guidance, education and sensitivity training to local councils, groups, industry/business in the context of legislative requirements. The latter has been undertaken by Tasmanians with Disabilities and Partners, a coalition of people from TWD and other disability organizations. The majority of this work to date, as well as the associated administration, has been carried out by volunteers.
Tasmanians with Disabilities Inc has defined three priority areas to concentrate on in the immediate future. They are:
v Education/Public Awareness;
v Disability Rights/Advocacy;
We also recognize the need to Strengthen Our Organization by:
v Improving practice and procedures;
v Responding to members’ needs;
v Providing opportunities for social interaction.
Our vision is for a society that demonstrates it values and respects people with a disability
and provides equal access to all aspects of community life.