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Disability access and inclusion context

The Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP) initiative demonstrates the commitment of the South Australian Government to improving the participation of people with disability across a range of policy, program and service areas. It replaces the previous access strategy Promoting Independence: Disability Action Plans for South Australia.

DAIPs are active documents that acknowledge community and cultural diversity and the valuable contribution of all individuals to the social and economic fabric of our society. The plans provide a systematic approach to identifying barriers to inclusion, and actions to overcome these barriers.

The development of DAIPs aligns with the intent and principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) signed by Australia in 2008. The UNCRPD adopts a social model of disability which defines disability as including '... those who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which, in interaction with various barriers, may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others'. DAIPs provide an opportunity to identify and seek solutions to overcome social, attitudinal, economic and cultural barriers that limit participation.

Figure 3 - person with a guide dog and caneInherent in Australia's commitment to the UNCRPD is an obligation to continually improve the lived experience of people with disability. For government, that not only means improving outcomes through the specialist disability service system but also ensuring that mainstream services, programs and infrastructure are responsive to the individual requirements of people with disability.

In response to the UNCRPD, in February 2011, the Council of Australian Governments endorsed the National Disability Strategy 2010–2020 (NDS). The NDS provides a shared agenda to help achieve the vision of an inclusive Australian society that enables people with disability to achieve their full potential as equal citizens.

To further recognise the rights of people with disability and strengthen available protections, in December 2013, DHS was instrumental in amending the South Australian Disability Services Act 1993. The Act complements existing discrimination legislation including the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Commonwealth) and the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (South Australia).

In addition the South Australian Government endorsed the introduction of DAIPs across government agencies in accordance with a recommendation of the report Strong Voices: A Blueprint to Enhance Life and Claim the Rights of People with Disability in South Australia (2012–2020).

DHS is the lead agency implementing this initiative across state and local government agencies and an across-government Disability Access and Inclusion Plans Steering Committee provides expert advice and guidance to the project.

The steering committee consists of members nominated by chief executives of government agencies, the SA Commissioner for Equal Opportunity, the Local Government Association of South Australia and the Adelaide City Council, as well as people with disability.


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