On Wednesday the 17th March, disability self-advocacy groups met with the CEO of the NDIA, Martin Hoffman. The meeting was arranged by SARU. It was a hybrid meeting with some in person and some online.
People with disability shared their experiences of abuse and isolation in institutions and the community. They talked about how self-advocacy gives people a sense of belonging and pride.
Trudy Ryall attended for DBV. Trudy invited Martin to a DBV café event to learn more about our unique Deafblind community.
We hope that meetings like this will help the NDIA to have a better understanding of the Deafblind community and self advocacy groups.