Disability Action Plans

Disability Action Plans

What is a Disability Action Plan?

dapA disability Action Plan is aimed to provide a framework for addressing Disability Access issues on a systemic and environmental approach. It is disabiity action planessential the Disability Action Plans align with the goals of the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1992. It is under this legislation that the formation of a disability action plan is made.

The DDA defines the less favourable treatment of people with a disability in comparison to the treatment of people without a disability, to be unlawful. The DDA is Federal legislation that applies to the whole of Australia. This is a great reason for organisations to develop and implement a disability action plan

ASN have extensive experience in the development of Disability Action Plans and in most cases develop a framework that is replicating for the organisation to review and redevelop in the future. DAP’s are designed unique to a specific business/organisation and are aimed at eliminating discriminative practices, procedures and barriers. ASN conduct extensive research regarding each organisation and conduct surveys and forums to ensure the input of all keystakeholders is including in the Disability Action Plan.

In ASN’s professional opinion the keys to a successful disability action plan are; alignment with the organisational strategic plan and a robust monitoring / report mechanism.

What to do with a Disability Action Plan?

Once the disability action plan has been developed it is then submitted to the Human Rights Commission. The Commission have got extensive resources regarding disability action plans. Click Here to visit their website.

What is Covered in a Disability Action Plan?

Disability Action Plans are developed primarily for people with a disability condition, however the disability action plan serves to provide accessible environments and services to all community members. The Disability Discrimination Act (1992) defines disability as:

  • Physical
  • Intellectual
  • Psychiatric
  • Sensory
  • Neurological
  • Educational, or
  • the presence of disease causing organisms

The DDA also recognises disabilities

  • that currently exist
  • that previously existed, or
  • that may exist in the future

For more information on the development of a Disability Action Plan or the monitoring / review process please fell free to contact us. Should you wish to obtain an official quotation for our disability action plan development services please use the webform found here at this link.