Amicus is on a mission to ensure full-inclusion is available for all people in Central Victoria. We believe that our community should be working harder to provide a fully-inclusive every day environment for all people; and as a community, we will only reach our full potential when every member has the opportunity to reach their own.
Whatever a person’s abilities, talents or gifts, everyone has something to offer, and we all have a responsibility to ensure that they can – creating a community where they can thrive, follow their passions, ambitions and make valued contributions.
There are thousands of people across Central Victoria with a disability who simply wish to have easier access, so they are able to participate in and enjoy everyday life experiences.
What is full-inclusion?
A ‘fully inclusive’ community, ensures that every member of our community, including those with disabilities are equally considered for the same opportunities as those without; and are actively involved in decision-making processes, policies and programmes, including those directly concerning them.
These opportunities include but are not limited to employment, volunteering and being part of groups and clubs, also access to daily business transactions, shopping, travel, dining and leisure activities.
Why is full-inclusion important?
The 2016 National Disability Strategy consultation report, Shut Out highlights when people with disabilities experience isolation, it has a profound impact on their self-worth. This includes:
- Children excluded from the school system and everyday common human interactions
- people in wheelchairs who cannot access facilities that others take for granted
- qualified and competent job candidates are overlooked because of their disability
How can the local community support full-inclusion?
Local business owners, community groups and individuals can all assist in developing a fully-inclusive environment. This includes:
- Flexible and accessible workplaces for people with a disability to work or volunteer
- Accessible shopping and participation in services and community activities
- Ensuring your recruitment policies include people of all abilities
- Providing access to work experience, volunteering and paid employment
These carefully considered changes that allow a person to access something that they have never been able to experience in the past can make a huge difference in the quality of life for an individual and their loved ones; and can be as simple as being able to spend some time each week in an environment or workplace that is of interest to the individual.
How does full-inclusion provide benefit businesses?
Employ from a broader talent pool
By removing recruitment barriers, businesses will attract the broadest range of candidates with relevant skills, qualifications and experience. Employees in inclusive workplaces are likely to be more engaged, motivated and productive and remain for a longer tenure.
Grow your sales and business loyalty
Businesses who provide an accessible environment allow people with a disability to shop, eat and participate in general business transactions with ease. This can result in an increased customer or client base and increased sales. People with a disability make up 25% of the Central Victorian community – by improving access to your product, your business may allow increased market share. Imagine not being able to access your favourite restaurant, how would that effect sales each month?
Employees and customers are more loyal to organisations who value diversity and inclusion and that their workforce reflects the whole community. For some tenders and contracts, demonstrated inclusion is becoming an essential part of the application process.
Its cost effective?
Workers with disability often have lower absenteeism, employee turnover and low incidence of workplace injury. Supporting the rights of people with a disability does not mean a greater cost to your business, and employing people with disability does not cost any more than employing people without disability
There is government funding, for eligible persons, through the Employment Assistance Fund to cover the costs of making workplace changes. Visit www.jobaccess.gov.au for more information.
If you would like to talk to us about how your business could become more inclusive, providing greater access or employment, please contact Amicus on firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Amicus office on (03) 54412666