QDN is a Queensland wide network of people with disability, for people with disability.
We provide a pathway for people with disability to have a say in the issues that affect their lives – to have a voice.
Our current priorities are:
- Promote and maintain strong vibrant networks throughout Queensland.
- Facilitate the exchange of accessible information and lived experiences.
- Influence governments and others to bring about full and equal participation and citizenship.
- Grow an effective, sustainable, accountable organisation that reflects our values.
Learn more about how we are doing this by reading our Strategic Plan
Our members, through surveys and state wide gatherings, have identified key issues as our immediate priorities. These drive our work, and help us to decide where to place our resources and direct our energy.
The hot issues for our members are:
- Improving housing options for people with disability;
- An ongoing commitment to the NDIS and a commitment to ongoing State Government disability and community care services;
- Employment and training;
- Comprehensive public transport, and;
- Delivering an integrated, accessible and timely health system.
Current projects and programs
Peer to Peer Advocacy Project
NDIS Peer to Peer Advocacy is a 12 month project that runs from 1 July 2018 – 30 June 2019, supporting people with disability around the NDIS, including access, pre-planning and planning. Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN) has been funded by the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors to work with people with disability (and their supporters) who live in the roll out areas for the final year of transition to the NDIS. QDN will provide support with:
- Making an access request to the NDIS;
- Knowing what paperwork is needed for the access request, including information from General Practitioners or allied health professionals;
- Getting ready for the NDIS planning meeting, and:
- Having a peer advocate support them at their NDIS planning meeting.
Local Support Groups
Local Support Groups are groups of Queenslanders with various disabilities supporting each other to build capacity to achieve social and economic participation in their communities and to live the life they choose.
A key part of the groups’ work is helping people get ready for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Local Support Groups are supported by QDN in its role as a Disability Support Organisation (DSO), funded through the National Disability Insurance Agency.
Ready to go Project
QDN’s Ready to go Project is helping Queenslanders with intellectual and learning disabilities get ready for the National Disability Insurance Scheme. The Ready to go Project is funded by the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services as part of the NDIS Participant Readiness Initiative.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Disability Network of Queensland
The Network seeks to be a strong voice on issues impacting on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability, their families, carers and communities.
Phone: 1800 818 338 (free call)
Peer Leadership Program
QDN believes in and celebrates the power of peer leadership in affecting change for people with disability. We have established a peer development program which focuses on developing leadership and mentoring skills, group facilitation and knowledge.