QDN’s work in providing feedback and input into systemic policy issues is based upon the organisation’s core values and the place of people with disability in an inclusive, Australian society.
QDN believes that:
All people with disability have a right to a place in the community and have contributions to make to community. This is as empowered, free citizens who are as valued, present, participating and welcomed as members of any dynamic and diverse society.
The place of people with disability in the community is not just about people with disability having a house in the community. Core to this is that they are welcomed in the community as ordinary citizens where they are genuinely given opportunities to contribute and actively participate. People with disability need to be in communities where their individuality, their talents, and their lived experiences of disability are recognised and acknowledged.
Culturally and historically, people with disability are not afforded the same value, opportunities or access to community life.
Any inclusion in community for people with disability is conditional and vulnerable to withdrawal.
Many people with disability in Queensland are excluded from the most basic experiences of ordinary lives.
Current exclusionary practices are unacceptable and must be challenged.
These issues affect not only people with disability but the whole community.
The responsibility is shared. It lies within government (federal, state and local) and the community at large, to ensure that people with disability have a place and are resourced to belong in community.
Authentic Voice - We are with, and for, all people
with disability and ensure those with limited or no voice are heard and
Collaborative Action - We work together to learn
from the collective experiences, values and wisdom of people with
Rights - We believe in, and model a human rights
approach that recognises disability as a social issue.
Respect - We value human difference and diversity
and build mutual respect through openness and fellowship.
Resilience - We are hopeful, even about the most
complex challenges and are here for the long term.
We acknowledge culturally and historically, people with disability are not afforded the same value, opportunities, or access to community life as other citizens.
We work to ensure people with disability can claim their rightful place in community life where they.
are welcomed, valued and present
have opportunities to live full and equal lives
have a home of their own in their preferred social context
have access to personalised supports that enhance their lifestyle
have opportunity to move around their neighbourhood
are participating and contributing members in social, economic and political life of their community
have their gifts and talents recognised
have their lived experience acknowledged
have natural authority to influence the direction of their own lives
are entitled to all the rights afforded to citizens of Australia.
Our mission, motto, values and beliefs drive the work of QDN and helps us decide which issues to take up, and where to best direct energy and resources. They also help us decide which issues and activities we don’t do.
To promote and maintain active, vibrant networks
that inform our work.
To let people know about the lives of people with disability and how to best talk with us.
Influence governments and others to bring about full and equal participation and citizenship.
Grow an effective, sustainable and accountable organisation that reflects our values, vision and mission.
Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN) is an organisation of people with disability for people with disability.
We encourage and support ways for you to have a say – and be heard.
We aim to connect you with information about the things that matter to you, and support you coming together with others, through our network of members.
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