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Overview of responses to Promoting inclusion Issues paper (Auslan)

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This video in Auslan is about the Overview of responses to Promoting inclusion Issues paper


Overview of responses to Promoting inclusion Issues paper


In December 2020 we asked people to tell us their ideas, thoughts and opinions on the topic of ‘promoting an inclusive society’ for people with disability.

We collected 73 responses from people about this. We have now published a summary on our website. This is what we were told in the responses.

What makes an inclusive society?

People told us what an inclusive society should be like.

People said an inclusive society should:

  • recognise human rights, where everyone is treated equally and has equal opportunities
  • be co-designed by people with disability, where people with disability are listened to and involved in developing policies and making decisions
  • be fully accessible, including environment, technology, information and communication
  • provide services that are right for people with disability from different backgrounds – including First Nations people and people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities
  • recognise and fix structures, barriers and attitudes in society that exclude and disempower people with disability
  • promote a sense of belonging, where people with disability feel valued, respected and welcomed.

Barriers to an inclusive society

People told us there are lots of barriers that make it hard for people with disability to be included in society.

People said these barriers come from:

  • laws, policies and practices – for example some laws allow the use of ‘restrictive practices’ like giving someone medication to control their behaviour
  • community attitudes and behaviours – for example when the community thinks people with disability are ‘helpless’
  • excluding or segregating people with disability – for example when a child with disability is bullied at school and left alone in a playground
  • physical and environmental barriers – for example when there is no wheelchair access in a sports stadium
  • lack of access to safe and quality services including health care and mental health services

Proposals for change

We heard about lots of different ways to make society more inclusive for people with disability. Some ways to make a more inclusive society include:

  • ‘Nothing about us without us’ – making sure people with disability are included in planning and developing policies and practices that affect them.
  • Government leadership – such as adopting a bill of rights that protects the rights of people with disability.
  • Changing attitudes and behaviour – such as raising awareness of rights through training that is led by people with disability, and more funding for training.
  • Ending segregation of people with disability in schools, workplaces and housing and including people with disability in the community.
  • Ensuring accessibility – such as by making public transport safer and more accessible by training public transport workers in disability awareness.
  • Providing access to safe and quality services – such as more investment in Aboriginal Community Controlled disability services.
  • Strengthening systems and processes – such as strengthening the role and powers of the Australian Human Rights Commission to end disability discrimination.
  • Tracking Australia’s progress to make society more inclusive through frameworks like the National Disability Strategy.

More information

The full overview of what people told us is on our website. We’ve also published the responses from individuals and organisations.

To find this information, search ‘promoting inclusion’ on our website.