International Day of People with Disability


International Day of People with Disability is a chance for organisations everywhere to better recognise and support people with disability.

The annual celebration and recognition of people with disability aims to reduce the inaccurate stereotypes that surround many disabilities and enable more recognition of an individual’s ability. 

It also provides a chance for leaders to check if their organisation is missing out on the multiple benefits of being inclusive of people with disability.

Our role in supporting people with disability

At APM we help thousands of people with disability access employment, community and mainstream support every day.

Across the APM Group our teams also guide organisations to better serve customers, support employees and colleagues, and grow in their community, through a range of services and programs on being accessible and inclusive of people with disability.  

We believe everyone has a role to play in enabling better lives for people with disability, and we want to make it easier for more people and organisations to do just that.


3 ways you can better support people with disability

1. Hire a person with disability

If you’re an employer or business owner there are many ways you can increase your support of people with disability.

The fastest and most life-changing step you can take is simple – hire a person with disability.

There is a huge wealth of untapped potential amongst the job seekers who face difficulty finding a good job because they are overlooked due to a disability or health condition.

Is your business missing out?

APM’s Employable Me connects employers to potential candidates from thousands of unique and dedicated job seekers ready for work. But it’s much more than a free recruitment platform.

Employable Me:

  • Provides you with job-ready candidates who can start immediately
  • Matches your role with trained job seekers
  • It’s free – saving you time and money with no recruitment costs
  • Gives you access to the national APM Employment Services network with teams in around 500 locations ready to support you and your employee when they start work

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2. Be more inclusive and accessible to people with disability in your community

Making your business or community group inclusive means everyone has the opportunity to enjoy your products, services and spaces.

There are many things you need to consider when looking to include people with disability, and we know it’s not always easy to know where to start.

That’s why we’re sharing this tip sheet on how to improve access and inclusion in your organisation.

Download it today and see what small steps you can take to make a big difference to people with a disability within and outside your organisation.
 

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Creating a disability inclusive business tip sheet

3. Learn and share more about inclusion

Since 2019 we have been carrynig out research to record a rating of disability diversity and inclusivity of businesses in Australia.

The benchmark rating for 2020 was 57.6 out of 100. Showing there is plenty of work to be done by organisations across Australia to be more diverse and inclusive of people with disability.

The 2021 Disability Diversity & Inclusivity rating was lower at 56.2, after a year where COVID-19 affected major aspects of daily life.

The 2022 DDI Index is now live and while it shows an improvement in score from last year, there is still a lot to be done to improve inclusion and provide greater opportunities for people with disability who are looking to work. 
 

Download the DDI Index 2022

Have a disability and want to work?

Our APM Employment Services team operates in communities across Australia and successfully supports people with disability to find employment - and helps them to keep it when things in life change.

If you’re eligible for the Disability Employment Services program, we can help you search and apply for suitable work near you, and support you with meeting employers and getting started in your new job.

If you want more independence, more control of your own money and to meet new people in a meaningful job, register with APM today.

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