Hodgman Govt Supports Festival Of Smiles

Hodgman Govt Supports Festival Of Smiles

Tasmania Minister for Human Services Jacquie Petrusma

More Reasons To Smile For People With Disability

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Human Services Jacquie Petrusma said the Hodgman Government is committed to supporting people with disability.

Today’s event in recognition of International Day for People with Disability (IDPwD) is a great opportunity to increase public awareness and acceptance of people with disability in Tasmania.

Festival of Smiles in Glenorchy showcases the benefits of actively integrating all people from all backgrounds into our social, economic, and cultural life.

People living with disability make a great contribution to the Tasmanian community through their skills and achievements, and the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Tasmania will encourage greater choice and control for people with disability over their own lives.

In each year of the three-year NDIS roll out, the number of Tasmanians in the NDIS will roughly double and reach around 10,600 by mid-2019.

Over four years, the Hodgman Government has committed $572 Million to the successful implementation of the scheme. This includes over $230 Million to the NDIS to deliver specialist supports in 2019.

With the budget back on track this Government is reinvesting in essential services such as support for Tasmanians living with disability.

“Congratulations to the Glenorchy City Council and its partners, the Hobart City Council, Clarence City Council and TasCare Society for Children, for organising today’s successful Festival of Smiles.”

“I urge all Tasmanians to show their support and get involved with other events being held this week to mark IDPwD on 3 December, by attending activities in their local areas, and to take this opportunity to reflect and celebrate the contributions made by people with disability to their community.” Ms. Petrusma said.