Following direct feedback from parents and carers, the Secretary of Human Services, Michelle Lensink, the state’s independent disability attorney, has Dr with disability, especially when their parents or caregivers are no longer able to support them.
Taking into account the diverse wishes and needs of people with disabilities, the voices of people with disabilities, their families, carers, supporters and stakeholders are included.
Dr. Caudrey will ensure that a common approach is followed when taking recommendations into account. The study will also draw on evidence from interstate and foreign jurisdictions.
A final report, including any recommendations, is due to be presented to the Minister in December.
Human Services Secretary Michelle Lensink said the Liberal government of Marshall conducted the study based on feedback from parents with disabled sons or daughters.
“Again and again I hear from parents with a disabled son or daughter the main concern, ‘what will happen to my son or daughter when I die,'” said Minister Lensink.
“Many mothers and fathers worry about how their son or daughter can continue to lead a safe and happy life and receive social, emotional, and financial support when they die or cannot take care of them, and it must be incredibly stressful.
“We listened to parents’ concerns and told the state’s independent disability attorney, Dr. David Caudrey, asked to consider all that we could do to better support parents and especially better protect people with disabilities if this situation arises. “
The state government’s disability lawyer, Dr. David Caudrey said, “The experience of Ann Marie Smith, who died of criminal neglect in early 2020, worried us about ensuring that everyone with a disability always has other people to look after them.
“Families usually take on this role, but when parents get old they want the assurance that their son or daughter will be fine when they are away.”
Description of services
This study will:
- Find out how parents can best make arrangements so that their son or daughter with a disability continues to have someone to take care of them and make sure they are well when they are no longer able to offer support.
- Research forms of trust agreements that might be offered by a non-governmental organization or by trusted individuals.
- Consult and involve a wide range of individuals and stakeholders, including, but not limited to, people with disabilities, parents, carers, supporters and advocates to ensure that a common approach is followed when considering recommendations.
- Consider safeguards against exploitation of a vulnerable person with a disability to encourage respect and choice for supported decision making and individual autonomy.
- Prepare a discussion paper for the Minister by September 30, 2021, based on the analysis of past research and initiatives and taking advantage of the advice of people with knowledge in the field.
- Distribute the discussion paper and consult with the wider community.
- Prepare a final report for the minister by December 15, 2021.