Hon Helen Morton MLC

Hon Helen Morton MLC

Former Minister for Mental Health; Disability Services; Child Protection

    DAIP projects support better access and inclusion

    15/03/2016 2:00 PM
     
    • The 2014-2015 Disability Access and Inclusion Plans Progress Report tabled in Parliament
    • Initiatives improve access and inclusion for people with disability in WA 

    Accessible cultural and recreational activities, and inclusive communication tools are among the achievements highlighted in the 2014-2015 Disability Access and Inclusion Plans (DAIPs) Progress Report, tabled in State Parliament today by Disability Services Minister Helen Morton.

     

    The report outlines progress by State Government agencies and local government authorities to make their operations inclusive and accessible to people with disability.

     

    Mrs Morton said the report covered a wide range of areas that could impact on a person with disability's access to services, events, information, buildings and facilities, consultation, complaints processes and employment.

     

    "Achievements include playground equipment that can accommodate wheelchairs at Port Geographe, an in-house interpreting service for deaf students at Central Institute of Technology, and facilities for audiences of all abilities at the City of Albany's Anzac centenary activity," she said.

     

    In 2014-15, the Disability Services Commission received reports from 236 public authorities, of which, 83 per cent had completed their DAIP strategies, an increase on the previous reporting period.

     

    "In particular, good progress has been made on the newest DAIP implementation area, Outcome 7, which relates to employment opportunities for people with disability," the Minister said.

     

    "While reporting on Outcome 7 did not become mandatory until July 1, 2015, many public authorities were already developing and implementing their strategies and, as a result, 75 per cent are working on strategies to recruit and retain staff with disability."

     

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