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South Australia makes strides in disability access and inclusion

For the first time in South Australia’s history, action to improve disability access and inclusion has been embedded across the state with 94 local councils and state agencies publishing Disability Access and Inclusion Plans (DAIPs) as the part of Inclusive SA: the State Disability Inclusion Plan.

All of the plans can now be accessed online at the Inclusive SA website, a new living hub created under the State Plan to provide key resources that support access and inclusion.

Department of Human Services Chief Executive Lois Boswell said the first Inclusive SA annual report, released today, outlines the range of actions delivered just one year on from the launch of the ground-breaking state plan that will have a real and meaningful impact for people with disability.

In addition to the DAIPs and new online hub, other key achievements in the first year of Inclusive SA being rolled out across the state include:

  • the launch of the SA Public Sector Disability Employment Strategy to create a more diverse, inclusive, informed, accessible and safe public sector workforce;
  • the release of the Inclusive Play guidelines to guide local councils and other community groups in the development of accessible and inclusive playgrounds and play spaces; and
  • the inclusion of accessible amenities, lifts, ramps, spatial designs, wayfinding signage and hearing loops in the Supreme Court Complex as part of the Higher Courts Redevelopment Project.

The State Disability Inclusion Plan was developed following extensive, wide-ranging consultation with the South Australian community, including people living with disability.

Ms Boswell said the Department of Human Services is committed to building a fairer and more inclusive state for all.

“Inclusive SA is a critical framework for State Government agencies and local councils to make real changes that will deliver positive improvements for people living with disability,” Ms Boswell said.

“As more access and inclusion projects continue to be rolled out, the Inclusive SA website will grow and provide additional resources to educate, unite and inspire our community to realise the benefits of greater access and inclusion.

“We will continue to work with the community and listen to feedback to build upon and improve the plan over the next three years and beyond.”

You can read the annual report on the Inclusive SA website.

Page last updated : 12 Aug 2021

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