Increasingly, citizenship for people with disability is promoted as a key goal for social policy and full citizenship for the people Identitywa support, is a critical driver in Identitywa’s 2017- 2020 Strategic Plan. It is not always clear what the term means.
Identitywa staff have developed a working definition of full citizenship, a status which is achieved when a person:
- is integral to their community
- exercises their rights and meets their responsibilities as a citizen
- is and feels valued and respected within their community
- inherent dignity as a human being is upheld
- uniqueness is recognised and considered a valuable contribution to a rich and dynamic society.
Dr Simon Duffy, with Wendy Perez, propose that there are several elements (keys) to citizenship that build one’s self-respect and generates respect from other citizens, thus enhancing one’s overall wellbeing.
The 7 keys of citizenship are:
Although much of what Identitywa already does promotes citizenship, our work will now be deliberately designed through the lens of full citizenship.
Click here to download our Full Citizenship flyer.