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Don’t DIS our ABILITY to work

12 November 2012

NSW Minister for Disability Services Andrew Constance today called for employers to see the potential and talent of people with disability at the launch of the Don’t Dis my Ability campaign at the head office of Price Waterhouse Coopers.

“According to a study commissioned by Australian Network on Disability (AND), only half of the 2.2 million Australians of working age with disability are employed, compared to nearly 80 percent of Australians of working age,” Mr Constance said.

“But finding a job continues to be a challenge for people as employers make assumptions about a person’s ability to work and fit in to their workplace.”

Employment is a key focus of this year’s Don’t DIS my ABILITY campaign.

“We want to highlight to employers and the community the widespread skill, talent and potential of people with disability,” Mr Constance said.

“We need to move away from a charity model of ‘just give them a job’ to a diversity model where it’s not only about an accessible workplace but establishing an inclusive workplace culture.”

Luke Sayers, CEO of PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC), one of Australia’s largest corporations, said that there is a real opportunity for the business community to harness the talent of people with disability.

Don’t DIS my ABILITY ambassador John Walsh is a consulting partner in the advisory division at PwC and became a quadriplegic after a rugby accident when he was 20. He has been working at the firm for 20 years and as a senior member, he manages a team of over 200 people.

“Meaningful work is as important to people with a disability as it is for everyone in the community,” Mr Walsh said.

“Paid work enables people to have independence, buy a home and go on holiday. Why should this be denied to someone just because they have a disability?”

Don’t DIS My ABILITY is a month long NSW Government campaign aimed at promoting the value that people with disability provide in our community.

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