StGiles program embraces people of all abilities

EMBRACE ABILITIES: StGiles service delivery director Mark Deverell and inclusion co-ordinator Ramnik Walia work on the e-learning program Embrace. Picture: Tess Brunton
EMBRACE ABILITIES: StGiles service delivery director Mark Deverell and inclusion co-ordinator Ramnik Walia work on the e-learning program Embrace. Picture: Tess Brunton

A new program aims to help Northern Tasmanian businesses and organisation become more aware and inclusive of people living with disability.

Embrace is one of two programs created by StGiles to address workforce and inclusion challenges set down by The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

These challenges include growing the workforce to meet demand and preparing workplaces for customers and employees living with disability.

StGiles service delivery director Mark Deverell said StGiles created an e-learning training platform designed to educate community businesses, sporting organisations and schools on how to interact with people of all abilities and be inclusive of people living with disability in Tasmania.

“We know that the NDIS will allow people living with disability greater access to services and employment and we know businesses will need to adapt their policies and procedures to take advantage of these opportunities,” Mr Deverell said.

“It wasn’t designed for people to become experts in disability, but broaden their awareness of disability and how to be a more inclusive person or business.”

In supermarkets, people often spoke to a carer instead of a person living with disability, he said.

All businesses, organisations and individuals can approach StGiles if they want to improve their inclusiveness with people living with disability.

The online training too about 1.5 hours per unit, with three core units and additional programs for specific workplaces.

The Pathways to Employment program, a collaboration with Launceston Migrant Resource Centre, had trained and employed 15 participants with transferrable skills to work in the disability sector in the first quarter on 2017.