JOY Burch has joined prominent business, community and government leaders to launch “Involve”, Canberra’s Disability Commitment.
JOY says the new initiative is a statement of intent for the way that the Canberra community will work together to create a place where all people with disability feel included and supported.
“People with disability are strengthening our community every day – as parents, employees, employers, innovators, leaders and so much more,” Joy said.
“But there are still too many barriers in place across our society preventing people with disability from fulfilling their potential.
“Involve is more than a new policy – it is a way for everyone in our community to contribute to improving outcomes for the 57,500 people with disability who live in the ACT.”
Involve is a two-year campaign to address structural barriers facing people with disability and includes practical ways in which individuals can take action.
In 2015-16 it will focus on housing, employment and NDIS implementation. In 2016-17 it will focus on justice, welcoming and accessible communities and health.
The campaigns will ask people to commit to take action. At today’s launch, Ms Burch was joined by prominent Canberrans who were among the first to make the commitment: ACT Australian of the Year, Glenn Keys; Canberra’s Citizen of the Year, Sue Salthouse; Winner of the Chief Minister’s Inclusion Award for Excellence, Craig Wallace; Professor Tom Calma, Chancellor of the University of Canberra; and Will Sutton, Weetangera Primary School Student.
For more information about Involve – Canberra’s Disability Commitment visit involveCBR.com.au