The Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) and RMIT University are partners on a journey to make the modern world a place that is fair and functional, where people are empowered to thrive and supported to live their best lives. FSSI is proud to support VCOSS’s Empowered Lives Platform and its vision for a more inclusive Victoria where people with disability have the same opportunities as other Victorians.
There is ample evidence to demonstrate that the Covid-19 pandemic disproportionately impacts people facing disadvantage and marginalisation. In recognition of this, VCOSS has worked with people with disability, their families, carers and advocates and peak bodies to identify challenges that have intensified during this difficult time. These challenges include ensuring equitable access to healthcare, housing and education.
The Empowered Lives Statement on Supporting Victorians with Disability during Covid-19 Restrictions describes these challenges and calls on Government, service providers and community members to take immediate action to support people with disability.
For more information about Empowered Lives, visit here.