26 September 2023

DHS declares disability inclusion a progress

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As South Australia’s first State disability inclusion plan approaches its third year the Department of Human Services (DHS) has declared that South Australian Agencies have made significant progress.

In a statement, the Department said 75 per cent of actions were well underway in Inclusive SA: South Australia’s first State Disability Inclusion Plan 2019–23 which contributed to the vision of an accessible and inclusive South Australia, based on fairness and respect.

DHS said the Inclusive SA Annual Report 2020–21 provided an update on the delivery progress of Inclusive SA actions and their individual Disability Access and Inclusion Plans (DAIPs), to improve access and inclusion for people living with disability.

Chief Executive of DHS, Lois Boswell said key achievements throughout 2020–2021 included that Government Agencies and local council DAIPs committed to over 2,800 actions and DHS delivered four Accessible and Inclusive Toolkits, to support and drive actions that delivered the economic and social benefits of a more inclusive State.

Ms Boswell said other key achievements included the expansion of accessible visitor experiences, including Goondooloo Ridge walk, Deep Creek Conservation Park and the Fremont Park, all-abilities play space and the development of a set of principles that supported priority populations and Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, women and children.

“Throughout the Report, case studies are presented that showcase innovation and best practice examples of how State authorities have met and expanded on their commitment to Inclusive SA through their DAIPs and related actions,” she said.

“Inclusive SA brings to the forefront considerations that reduce the barriers for people living with disability.”

Ms Boswell said DHS continued to lead the implementation of Inclusive SA by maintaining a cross-Government community of practice.

The 57-page Report can be accessed at this PS News link and the four Accessible and Inclusive Plans at this link.

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