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Towards Inclusive Practice

The Towards Inclusive Practice project will build the capacity of people with intellectual disability and Government to help make Government more accessible for people with intellectual disability.  

Background 

Most Government systems and processes are not easy to navigate. This is especially so for people with an intellectual disability.

People with an intellectual disability also have very few ways to tell Government what matters. 

Covid-19 and the Disability Royal Commission have highlighted how people with intellectual disability are not listened to, not understood and under-supported.  

In February 2021, the Department of Social Services funded the Towards Inclusive Practice project to help make Government more accessible for people with intellectual disability. 

The project will set up a national network of people with an intellectual disability to discuss important issues and develop resources for Government on inclusive practices. 

What we will do 

In partnership with our member organisations, we will: 

  • Set up consultation groups of people with intellectual disability in each State and Territory  
  • Provide training, support and resources for the groups to meet regularly  
  • Co-design high quality resources about the best ways to include to people with intellectual disability and hear their voice 
  • Share these resources with Government, including running a national workshop 
  • Share these resources on the Inclusion Australia website
  • Build the advocacy skills of people with intellectual disability around Australia.  

The project will run from June 2021 – December 2022.  

Who will do this?

There are teams of Inclusion Advisors in each State and Territory. Their role is to share their experiences and knowledge to make sure all the resources are about how to be inclusive.

Each team is supported by an Facilitator.

The project is managed by two Project Coordinators, Heather Forsyth and Christine Kuca-Thompson. They make sure the project stays on track and support the Inclusion Advisors and Facilitators.

A sreenshot of Inclusion Australia staff members working together.
Heather and Christine at work

How we work

  1. The Inclusion Advisors and Facilitators meet regularly to discuss topics about inclusion.
  2. They send their ideas and recommendations to the Project Coordinators.
  3. The Project Coordinators create a resource, like a written guide, a video or a checklist.
  4. The Inclusion Advisors review each resource before it is published.

Find out more 

If you would like to find out more or suggest a topic for this project, please contact Christine Kuca-Thompson at [email protected]

We cannot promise that your topic will be included but it would be great to hear your suggestions.