Business Accessibility Empowerment Program

The Business Accessibility Empowerment Program is the result of a partnership between People With disabilities WA (PWdWA), Advocacy WA (AWA), and Youth Disability Advocacy Network (YDAN). Funding for the project was sourced through the Commonwealth represented by the Department of Social Services (DSS) in their Information, Linkages and Capacity Building capacities.

The project aims to link young people with disabilities with their job of choice, and in doing so increase the capacity and confidence of businesses to engage and employ people with disabilities. Young people with disability involved in the project will better understand how to pursue employment; they will understand the range of tools and supports available for them to undertake employment; and they will have developed soft skills, confidence, and links to their chosen employment sector. Businesses will receive a tailored report that will celebrate their success and highlight areas of improvement to increase their capacity to welcome, engage, and employ people with disabilities. Various cost-effective measures and materials will be provided to the business, as well as access to wider disability support networks.

Community Disability Advocate 

Community Disability Advocacy is a project in partnership between People with disabilities WA (PWdWA), Advocacy WA (AWA), and Sussex Street Community Law Service (SSCLS) that seeks to enable community-driven solutions to local issues affecting people with disabilities’ right to self-determination, choice, and control.

Community Disability Advocates (CDAs) will implement a co-designed Local Disability Advocacy Network (LDAN) Model to enable communities to come together to fix local problems with local solutions.

Building Tenancy Skills

Together with Shelter WA, PWdWA has commenced a project to build resources that help tenants with disability feel more confident about their rights and responsibilities as tenants.    Working alongside people with disability and relevant advocacy, financial counselling, disability, consumer protection, community legal, housing and housing support providers to develop skills and resources to help prevent evictions and reduce the risk of homelessness for people with disability.  Organisations will also be supported to increase the accessibility of their supports and resources so they are more available to people with disability who would like to access the services on offer.

The Lives We Lead

The Lives We Lead is a social media project that shows through video stories and photo stories the ordinary and extraordinary achievements of a range of people with disability. The aim of this project is to influence the community to better understand the contributions that people with disability make so they can participate economically, socially, culturally and politically like other members of the community.

Share the stories and celebrate with us. All the video and photo stories are on The Lives We Lead project website and shared on The Lives We Lead Facebook page.

People with Disabilities WA have been proud to use our co-design model and be a co-design participant in the project with a diverse group of people with disability deciding on the shape, style, and focus of stories as well as the planning of the Gala event in December.

The project is funded through a WA Department of Communities and NDIS Information, Linkages and Capacity Building grant and overseen by a partnership of WA’s Individualised Services, Youth Disability Advocacy Network, People with Disability WA and Women with Disabilities WA.

Connect with me

This project’s objective is to co-design with people with disability on all aspects of policy, services, and facilities intended for use by people with disability.

The aim is make co-design a valued component of business rather than a compliance consideration. The results will be:

  • Increased involvement of people with disability
  • Services and facilities better meeting the needs of people with disability
  • Employment opportunities for people with disability through a user-pays model
  • Model for WA organisations to comply with National Standards
  • Scaleable for regional areas

Read more about our Connect with me project