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STOP the funding cuts to transport at YOORALLA

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Shame on you Yooralla and the Victorian State Government. My brother Scott attends your day program in Noble Park and it is so so disgusting to hear that you are cutting funding to his much needed transport for the day program. Scott, like many other of your clients, has absolutely no contact from ANY friends outside his day program activities, he sits at home all weekend in a shared house accomodation, where he gets a visit once a week from a family member (usually myself or his parents) and he absolutely loves the activites at his day program. Without the much needed funding, he is unable to even afford to go to his day program. There are so many expenses and loop holes with assistance for wheelchairs, shower chairs, medical needs, etc etc etc, the list goes ON and ON, and now with the cuts to the transport funding, he is once again dismissed and prevented from having any kind of social existence. Imagine being in a position where you can't pick up the phone and ring your friends or family to say hello, or go down the street and take yourself swimming, or to the city, or to the local shops, or just to go and sit with a friend and enjoy some music together. My brother can't do any of these things, and without the support and assistance, he is affected so so much. You know all this, but you still choose to have your CEO and staff in their company cars rather than help those who can't ASK for help. It makes me sick. I do all I can to visit Scott and help him, and if I was well off and able bodied enough to lift him and shower him and give him everything he needs, I would happily have him live with me so he would never have to be a second class citizen... as that is what he is treated like, and you are making it even worse for him. It makes me absolutely sick and you should be ashamed of yourselves. I hope the media like The Project and various other forms of media get behind the families of the beautiful people we are trying to speak up for. Disabled people are on a pension and not only that, they have countless massive expenses which aren't covered by the Government, and deal with being pushed to the side way too much. Without your transport assistance, it affects them way more than you probably realise... or choose to ignore. The reality is, my poor brother will sit alone without anyone or anything to look at, talk to, or be a part of, waiting patiently til the next time I can visit him after work, or he comes home to my aging parents who probably can't even have him around much longer as much as they used to, because their bodies are so worn and torn from years of lifting, moving, helping and being his helpers. It's extremely sad and horrible to think you are contributing to his life being worse off, when you claim to be here to make the lives of people with a disability BETTER OFF.

This petition is to raise the awareness of this ridiculous change and to hopefully get much needed media attention for our friends and family members with a disability who RELY on these transport services.

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