IDASA's Last 12 Months

In the last 12 months the Intellectual Disability Association of SA (IDASA) has proudly continued its important community support and engagement and educational work.

Ongoing annual events like 'AFL Today' and 'Clipsal Today' enabled 175 people with disability to attend the Clipsal 500 Touring Car race in March and the AFL football.

This brings to over 500 people with disability IDASA has hosted over the at 4-5 years at such events.

Importantly during this period IDASA has also had a representative appointed by the SA Government to the SA Government Taskforce on National Disability Insurance and the newly formed SA Government NGO 'Disability Housing Association'. IDASA is the only disability organization in SA with representation on both bodies.

IDASA meets on a monthly basis with the CEO of Disability SA to support additional developmental DSA projects.

The IDASA managed Disability Speaks website and online Disability Speaks CRM Program has continued to be well supported with nearly 4,000 recipients receiving fortnightly Eblasts on disability related matters of both State and National interest.

This information distribution has generated numerous media and promotional segments across many mediums.

IDASA continues to be the primary source of Intellectual Disability information access to SA Government, media and community groups.

The highlight in 2013 was the 5 minute segment on the ABC where Premier Jay Wetherill visited Kardinya (another IDASA supported pilot project )

IDASA Board members also piloted the Riverside Respite Program another family and community driven event and were invited to and spoke at numerous disability sector and community events. This included briefings for Flinders University staff, NDS and other NGO Organizations.

The IDASA/Disability Speaks March 2014 Pre SA Election Public Meeting at the Adelaide Town Hall was attended by over 300 community members, NGos and media who listened intently as the Premier and Leader of the Opposition outlined their plans for Disability from 2014-2018.

With no paid staff and limited resources IDASA has had a busy 12 months but is proud of its contribution and has further plans to enhance its role across the sector.



Politicians, of both major parties, admit that the services provided to people with intellectual disabilities across Australia are dysfunctional and crisis-driven.

The Australian Productivity Commission, in its 2011 Draft Report on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) stated that currently all services to people with disabilities are provided on the basis of limited available funding with little if any regards to the needs of the person or their family.

IDASA was formed in 2008 by concerned members of the disability community to raise general public awareness and knowledge of the problems facing people with disabilties, their families and the people who work with them every day of their lives.

IDASA is committed to maintaining an advocacy role, lobbying both state and federal governments and their agencies, for improved recognition, support and services for people with a disability and their families and carers.

IDASA fully supports the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

IDASA has no affiliation with any political party.

IDASA receives no government funding from either state or federal governments. IDASA's income is entirely from fundraising, donations and sponsorship.

IDASA is a registered charity. Donations of $2.00 and above are tax deductible.


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