This toolkit has been prepared by the Department of Human Services (DHS), drawing on information provided by State and local government agencies, people with lived experience of disability, the wider disability sector and community, and open-source disability information.
It has been developed to support State Government and local government consult and engage with people living with disability when developing policies and programs. It contains guidelines, resources, information, and promotes and explains co-design principles and supports for consultation, including within regional South Australia.
The purpose of the toolkit is to raise awareness, provide resources and generate new ideas for greater inclusion, consultation, and engagement. This toolkit is a starting point for inclusive engagement and users are encouraged to seek out additional sources of information or specialist advice if required.
This toolkit is for reference only, is not a complete guide and may be added to or updated over time. References to third parties are provided for your information only and not as an endorsement by the South Australian Government.
The intended purpose of this toolkit is a guide to support inclusive engagement and consultation with people living with disability. You should always consider your own requirements and circumstances and seek professional advice where relevant.
JFA Purple Orange was engaged to co-design stage one of four accessible and inclusive toolkits. Over 100 State government agencies and local councils were invited to contribute to the content. DHS engaged Vision Australia and Funktion as industry experts to provide an expert review.
The draft Accessible and Inclusive toolkits were released for public consultation. The Department of Human Services received feedback from people with lived experience of disability, service providers and community groups, with a number of ideas and resources incorporated into the final toolkits.
If you have further resources that you think could be included in any of the Accessible and Inclusive toolkits, please tell us.