A Mowbray-based specialist service has identified that the topic of inclusivity is not present enough within the Tasmanian business community.
This comes after a five-day Royal Commission hearing, focussing on the systematic barriers to open employment for people with a disability, kicked off on Monday.
New Horizons Tasmania has provided sports, recreation and social opportunities for people with disabilities for over 30 years.
With the help of volunteers, the organisation, consisting of under three full time employees, provides support to about 300 disabled clients across the state, with the primary aim of connecting them with the community.
However, New Horizons chief executive Belinda Kitto said the group's ability to effectively carry that task out had been hindered by a series of easily avoidable mistakes commonly made by local businesses.
"We want to ensure when someone with a disability enters a business, whether it's to buy a cup of coffee or to access a service, that they feel welcomed and comfortable," she said.
"Our participants have spoken to us on numerous occasions and expressed feelings of discomfort when entering a public setting on their own ... in a state with the highest disability rate in Australia, this needs to change."
Member of New Horizons Tasmania, Minna Blaney, gave the audience an example of the small changes she would like to see Tasmanian businesses implement.
"If I come into your business, could you please address me and not my support worker," she said.
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Ms Kitto said that minor details like this were more than likely unintentionally missed by businesses due to a lack of education around the topic, and believed that could be easily resolved.
That is why the New Horizons team have entered a project in this year's Great Regional City Challenge.
Through the initiative, called Encouraging inclusivity across Tasmania, the group hoped to acquire $10,000 to create an advertising campaign, aimed at raising awareness and demonstrating what it's like to walk a day in the shoes of a person living with a disability.
The campaign would also require compliance from Tasmanian businesses, so that information revealing what they're doing to be inclusive could be collated, in order to conduct an inclusivity assessment., which would give them an overall score and outline areas of improvement and suggested next steps.
Voting for the Great Regional City challenge closes on Sunday.
Visit www.greatregionalcity.com.au to vote.
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