What we do
SACID works towards achieving a community in which people with intellectual disability are involved and accepted as equal participating members.
how we do it
- SACID is the South Australian representative of Inclusion Australia. We speak up about issues that are important to people with intellectual disability and their families in our state on a national level
- We have people with intellectual disability and family members represented at every level of our organisation (Board, reference group, staff, members) to make sure we are doing work that people with intellectual disability and their families really want
- We speak up for a South Australian community where people with intellectual disability can be involved and accepted as equal participating members
- We support people with intellectual disability to access advocacy services if needed
- We promote the human, legal and civil rights of people with intellectual disability and speak up when rights are not being upheld
- We do activities that support of all of these goals
why we do it
All people are valued members of the Australian community.
This includes people with intellectual disability.
People with intellectual disability have the same rights to:
- Make decisions about their lives
- Speak up if they are not happy with something in their life including, diversity of choice for housing, education, work, relationships, recreation and leisure
- Equity and justice
- Be empowered to take their full place in the Australian community
- Dignity and privacy in all aspects of their lives
History of SACID
SACID has a long history of being a voice for people with intellectual disability in South Australia.
In 1995 the Intellectual Disability Services Council (IDSC) was asked to provide support to families as the South Australian agency of the National Council on Intellectual Disability (NCID now Inclusion Australia). Richard Bruggemann (current Board member) was acting as the South Australian Council on Intellectual Disability, known as SACOID at the time, as the SA representative of the NCID however, without funding and with the loss of the IDSC this connection was difficult to sustain.
Without the IDSC, the South Australian Council on Intellectual Disability was taken on by a passionate group of parents and people with intellectual disability, led by Dell Stagg as Chair. This group was determined to continue being a voice for people with intellectual disability in South Australia. Many of these original members are still on the SACID Board today.
The South Australian Council on Intellectual Disability (SACID) became registered as an incorporated body in 2006 and became a registered charity with the ACNC in 2019.