"Governments, funding and services cannot keep people safe on their own, nor can they replace the richness of typical, freely given, relationships. People keep people safe and personal relationships are the key. I encourage families and support workers alike to continue finding ways to initiate, embed and sustain freely given relationships for people with disability - in family, with friends and neighbours, in the broader community and as individuals as these relationships sustain us all".
The attached presentation was given at Family Advocacy's 2012 The Odyssey Conference...celebrating achievements, progress and change.
Meg Sweeney has been involved in advocacy for people with Intellectual disability for 20 years. Meg’s experience has seen her serving on the Disability Council of NSW, acting as a Community Visitor and achieving life membership with the Institute of Family Advocacy and Leadership Development. Meg is passionate about assisting people develop and maintain their own unique identity through valued roles, enabling a life embedded in the community