Inclusive SA

Building on our vision through community collaboration

Over the last 12 months DHS has listened to the experiences of people living with disability in the priority groups to better understand their needs.

The outcomes of this consultation will support State authorities to create better access and inclusion for all people living with disability. DHS is grateful to the people who participated in the consultation. Through the life of Inclusive SA, DHS will continue to consult with people living with disability.

What we heard from people living with disability

It’s only done white fella way, you need to fill in forms, they don’t understand, I want someone to talk to me.
Some men may be suspicious or fear programs that may undermine their status, men may wonder, what are you teaching our women? Are you teaching them to stand up against men?
I asked an Aboriginal person who had a significant physical disability if they needed support and they said no because they had learnt to get around and rely on family.
A mentoring system for young people with disability starting their first job would be helpful. Young people said, don’t set us up for failure.
Some people from CALD backgrounds are reluctant or nervous to engage, where I come from, governments are corrupt. They issue large punishments for small offences.
We don’t want to be babied more than other young people, we’re ordinary people who just go about things differently.
People want to point to the customer as the problem rather than the system, the system can lock people out.
People forget that we exist. This has a domino effect on planning. We feel like we’re not part of the community.

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State Government agencies and local council’s priority group activity

The Electoral Commission of South Australia has employed an Aboriginal Engagement Officer who is undertaking an outreach program, including working with Aboriginal people living with disability and service providers.

SA Police (SAPOL) Community Engagement Section has developed a Multicultural Action Plan for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living with disability.

The City of West Torrens delivers school holiday and summer activities for children living with disabilities (for example, sensory tent, big games).

The Yorke Peninsula Council supports leisure, living skills, and social activity programs for people living with disability. This includes school holiday programs.

The City of Victor Harbor supports young people living with a disability including by providing low sensory sessions and adaptive resources for children in the library.

The development and implementation of the SA Water DAIP involved people from CALD backgrounds and was co-led by a young person living with disability.

Wellbeing SA has projects to improve the health and wellbeing of women living with disability. The Secondary Prevention Branch has planned work in co-designing solutions with people with intellectual disability to increase cancer screening participation.

The Botanic Gardens’ Little Sprouts Kitchen Garden Learning Program will continue to support the inclusion of children with disability.

The Guardian for Children and Young People, Commissioner for Children and Young People and the Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People regularly consult during the development of initiatives and reform of legislation to ensure issues affecting young people with a disability inform decision making.

The Department for Child Protection has an Aboriginal Procurement Policy and ensures service requirements reflect the needs of Aboriginal children and young people with disability. An NDIS tool has been developed to assist with case management to support access to culturally responsive disability supports for Aboriginal children and young people in care with an NDIS plan.

The City of Murray Bridge supports Tinyeri Children’s Centre’s Wild Child – Wild Play program creating inclusive projects for community with a large focus on Aboriginal and multicultural families living with disability.

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Last Updated:
12 Aug 2020
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