Have Your Say:

Special Needs

The ‘Have Your Say’ page is intended to give you an opportunity to express support for or opposition to various issues of the time.

Do Special Needs People need Self-Representation?

Special needs persons are often under-represented in society, so much so that they are often 1) institutionalised and 2) nearly invisible. It is the DDF's perception that it is grossly unfair that special needs people, in whose shoes able-bodied and able-minded people cannot walk, do not represent themselves. The DDF believe special needs persons need to represent themselves and, to the best of their ability, seek recognition for their needs and prevent discrimination based on their perceived disabilities.

Should Special Needs people be represented in the proposed Senate?

Is the proposed Senate a suitable venue for representation of special needs people. Could they function adequately within the legislative processes or would they hamper and debilitate those processes? The DDF believe that Spcial Needs people are not incapable of comprehension and logical thought and the ability to make decisions based on their own self-interest, even if sometimes they need a little help getting to those decisions, so the DDF believes that the proposed Senate is a perfect forum for self representation of special needs persons.

Should Special Needs people be represented in the proposed Municipal Forums?
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Are the proposed Municipal Forums suitable venues for representation of special needs people. Could they function adequately within the legislative processes or would they hamper and debilitate those processes. The DDF believe that Spcial Needs people are not incapable of comprehension and logical thought and the ability to make decisions based on their own self-interest, even if sometimes they need a little help getting to those decisions. Particulalry the DDF acknowledge that the local affairs dealt with in Municipal Forums are particularly relevant to how well Special Needs people are treated and thrive in local communities, so the DDF believes that the proposed Municipal Forums are perfect forums for self representation of special needs persons.

Should there be separate peer groups for the physically challenged and the mentally challenged special needs people?

Probably the needs of individuals in each of the physically and mentally challenged special needs groups can differ quite significantly, depending on the nature of the disability. But generally speaking, the needs of the two groups per se might need and benefit from having separate peer groups in the proposed Senate and Municipal Forums.

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