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Inclusive communities for all

Social inclusion is a priority for people living with disability as it affects all aspects of their lives. It is our aim that the contributions and rights of people living with disability are valued and understood by all South Australians and that their rights are promoted, upheld and protected. We also want to ensure that people living with disability are supported to advocate for their own rights.

Key words

Social inclusion, rights, community education and awareness, involvement in community.

‘I’ statements

  • I am understood and valued
  • I am included in the community
  • I know my rights

Priority 1: Involvement in the community


  1. Develop an event toolkit to promote accessible and inclusive practices for State authorities in community events.
  2. Explore the redesign or creation of an app (or other medium) that displays existing and future services and facilities (such as toilets, eateries, sports and recreation facilities, parks and trails, arts organisations and cultural institutions, transport services, beaches that are wheelchair and disability-access friendly).
  3. Develop and promote inclusive play guidelines to guide local councils and other community groups in the development of accessible and inclusive playgrounds and play spaces.
  4. Collaborate with relevant organisations to run disability access and inclusion awareness training for arts organisations, cultural institutions, sporting organisations and clubs.
  5. Explore opportunities to increase the involvement of children with disability in sports and cultural activities, for example:
    • expanding the Sports Voucher program for children living with disability
    • providing extra support for children living with disability to participate in VACSWIM
    • promoting the availability of arts programs for children living with disability.

Priority 2: Improving community understanding and awareness


  1. Work with relevant State authorities to improve community understanding and awareness that complements and leverages the national effort under the National Disability Strategy 2010–2020 and the emerging national disability strategy for beyond 2020.
  2. Work with the Commonwealth Government to develop data indicators that measure changes in community attitudes about the rights and needs of people living with disability.

Priority 3: Promoting the rights of people living with disability


  1. Review disability awareness training packages within State Government agencies, including public health settings, to establish best practice and implement for new and existing employees.
  2. Ensure induction of new State authority employees includes information about working with people living with disability.

Quotes from the consultation

Everyone has a responsibility to make our community inclusive.
Fun is underrated.
Attitudinal changes are key to making physical changes and removing barriers.

Being inclusive — Grants SA: Disability Inclusion, Department of Human Services

Disability inclusion has been included as a priority area within Grants SA funding rounds for 2019–20 to support innovation and opportunity for people living with disability.

The types of activities that may be considered to support disability inclusion include:

  • the development of meaningful volunteer pathways
  • programs in regional and rural communities
  • improving wellbeing
  • improving access to community centres, venues and social/support groups
  • ensuring resources and communications are accessible
  • investing in volunteer training and education.
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