Disability ACT funds a range of specialist and support services and grants programs for people with disability and those who care for them.
We also work with individuals and organisations to:
- develop real opportunities for people with disability in the community
- promote the achievements and contributions of people with disability
- raise the presence, participation and contribution of people with disability
Service providers: our community partners
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Who Can Help? A resource for Young People and their families in the ACT
Service Providers: Our Community Partners
Disability ACT funds local organisations to provide services and programs for people with disability in the ACT. For information about these service providers
ACT Social Enterprise Hub
ACT Social Enterprise Hub provides business development support to community organisations or social entrepreneurs that want to develop a social enterprise to create employment for people excluded from the labour market.
The Hub is a partnership between Social Ventures Australia (SVA), PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), The Snow Foundation, Mental Health Community Coalition (MHCC), ACT Health Directorate and the Community Services Directorate (Disability ACT).
More information on ACT Social Enterprise Hub
ACT Chief Minister’s Inclusion Awards
These annual awards recognise business, individuals, community organisations and government agencies that go the ‘extra mile’ to make sure people with disability are included in their daily operations, that have been recognised as being welcoming to people with disability.
More information on ACT Chief Minister's Inclusion Awards
The International Day of People with Disability (I-Day)
International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is a United Nations sanctioned day that aims to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being. The day also seeks to increase awareness of the benefits of the integration of people with disability in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.
Disability ACT supports the development of events or activities to celebrate the day by offering the I-Day Grants program
More information on International Day of People with Disability
Everyone, Everyday – Disability Awareness Program
This schools based program is a key community development initiative. It is a teaching program for mainstream primary schools, which equips teachers and students with the requisite skills, knowledge, and understanding to ensure classrooms and whole school communities are inclusive and valuing of students with disabilities. The asset-based program consists of 35 lessons, with strong links to the Australian Curriculum. It has been evaluated by the University of Canberra with very favourable results. For a copy of the final report contact Maureen Howe.
View the feedback on YouTube from a teacher who implemented the program.
Everyone, Everyday has involved a partnership between Disability ACT, the Education and Training Directorate and BLITS (Business Leaders Innovative Thoughts and Solutions). The University of Canberra and the Australian Catholic University are critical friends supporting the development of this program.
The are many benefits in employing people with a disability. Links to information about how your organisation can become a more disability confident organisation is listed below.
Where to Start?
Access Resource Guide
Access Resource Guide developed by Disability ACT provides practical tips and online resources to assist with increasing understanding of the barriers that confront people with disability and provides simple strategies to be more inclusive and human rights compliant. There is information about employment, access to goods, services and facilities.
More information on access resource guide
Australian Government’s Job Access Site
These resources outline the business benefits of diversifying your workplace and will help you take the first steps to employ or retain people with disability. Information about modifications, recruitment etc.
More information on Australian Government's Job Access Site
Safe, Diverse and Productive - A workplace with people with disability
Safe, diverse and productive - A workplace with people with disability an overview of facts about people with a disability in the workplace.
More information on safe, diverse and productive - a workplace with people with disability
Australian Employers Network on Disability
The Australian Employers Network on Disability is a not for profit organisation funded by its members to take a leadership role in advancing the equitable inclusion of people with disability in all aspects of business.
More information on Australian employers network on disability
Disability Works Australia
Disability Works Australiafacilitate the provision of employment for people with a disability by providing employers with access to a single, free, effective contact point for recruiting people with disability. DWA provide advice on employer benefits such as the Wage Subsidies scheme.
More information disability works Australia
The Network of Employment and Training Agencies can assist employers with job creation and redesign, job matching, disability awareness training, tailored on the job training, co-worker support and retraining.
More information on working and learning
Network members are Advance Personnel, Centacare, CRS Australia, Job Solve, Koomarri, LEAD, Work-Ways.
More information on Network of Employment and Training Agencies
Even small changes can make a big difference in creating better access to services or products for people with disability.
Changes could be as simple as:
- Training your staff in interacting with people with disability.
- Having a pen and paper at the counter for customers who are hearing impaired or deaf
- Providing large print versions of key information about your business
- Lowering equipment, shelving or workstations so that they can be easily accessed or used.
- Provide seating for customers who may need to wait and cannot stand for longer periods
- always ask a person if he or she would like help. Do not assume they need assistance
Contact: the ACT Inclusion Council for information about how you can make your business more welcoming to people with disability.
Advocacy for Inclusion
This organisation can deliver public workshops, or on demand in house training, in Inclusion and Awareness – understand more about the experiences of people with disabilities, and how to be inclusive, collaborative, and comfortable around people with disabilities.
More information on Advocacy for Inclusion Contact (02) 6286 9422
ACT Human Rights Commission can provide information and training on Disability Discrimination Act 1991, Sexual harassment disability discrimination Human rights Act 2004, Health Records (Privacy and access) Act 1997.
More information on ACT Human Rights Commission Contact (02) 62071034
Optimal Outcomes offers education sessions about Autism and Asperger Education sessions. Contact 0429 983 936 or Office (02) 62963589
For children’s services
Communities@work provide Inclusion Support Facilitators assist children’s services to create inclusive environments for all children and their families.
More information on Communities@Work
Contact (02) 6287 3330
This resource was developed by ACT Parents and Citizens Association and is designed to provide information and services relevant to young people and their families living in the ACT. The booklet is a collection of relevant resources needed by parents who have a child or young person with a disability to support them to identify the support they may need that is available in the community.
If resources are missing or incorrect, please contact Disability ACT on (02) 6207 1086 or DisabilityACT@act.gov.au.