For Port Kennedy mother-of-two Marija Nelson, the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme legislation to Federal Parliament last week was the realisation of months of hope and hard work.
Mrs Nelson lives with multiple sclerosis and has been a local advocate of the NDIS, regularly attending forums on the issue as facilitator of the Girls Against Limitations in Society group.
She said the Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s introduction of the legislation last week was a step in the right direction for people in Brand living with a disability.
“It’s important to make something that’s a national scheme as opposed to a state scheme,” she said.
“We’ve got the navy here, we’ve got the mines that people come over and work on, so it makes sense to have something that is the same for everybody no matter where you are.
“It will just mean there is support there for us to be able to choose the way we want to live and for us to be a member of the community.”Despite the milestone, Mrs Nelson said it was disappointing WA had not been chosen to be part of the NDIS trial, but she was hopeful the legislation would pass and it would be rolled out nationwide.