The project, Ensuring Occupations are Responsive to People with Disability, explored the context and adequacy of training about disability in Australia and, through this work, ACOLA developed a Good Practice Guide and Action Plan that identified areas for action by all stakeholders, including all levels of government, professional bodies, employers, training bodies (i.e. VET and universities), and individuals. Fellow Professor Cathie Sherrington represented the Academy in the working group.
These areas for action also apply to ACOLA and the five Australian Learned Academies, including the Australian Academy for Health and Medical Sciences. We welcome the report, action plan and along with ACOLA and the other Learned Academies, have created a joint statement of commitment
to contributing to a society inclusive of people with disability.
The project identified five key areas for action to drive improvements in the training occupations receive to improve outcomes for people with disability.
All people have a right to fair and equitable access to services. While many people with disability successfully navigate services without impact, others experience exclusion, discrimination and marginalisation. We commit to developing and promoting disability responsiveness in our work. While we are not an education or training body, we will use our leadership role in Australia’s education and research landscape to encourage stakeholders to take action to be disability responsive in their professional and leadership capacities.