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Easy Read Fact Sheet 2: How can we do even better?

The Disability Framework for Action 2013-2017 has helped people with disability in lots of ways.

Some of these ways are:

The NDIS

  • Over 1600 Tasmanians have joined the NDIS.
    They have said they are happy with their services.
    Tasmania is on track for around 10 600 people to become part of the NDIS.

    This will happen by July 2019.

More jobs for people with disability

  • We started the State Service Diversity and Inclusion Framework 2017-2020

    This helps more people with disability to work with the Tasmanian Government.
  • Started a Workplace Adjustment Policy Template.
    This helps make any changes that a person with disability may need to work well in a Tasmanian Government job.
  • Introducing the Tasmanian Government Accessible Events Guidelines and Checklists – This helps agencies run events that are welcoming and accessible to people with disability.
  • Trialling Career Connect - we are working with others for this project.
    We link students with disability with a mentor.

    A mentor is someone who can give you advice.

Making buildings and communities more accessible

  • We built 2 new accessible schools. Accessible means everyone can get around easily.
    We are working on other schools to make them more accessible.
  • Putting in lifts, accessible toilets, sliding doors, and tactile indicators at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.
    Tactile indicators are large raised dots to help people with vision impairment get around.
  • Making the new Parliament Square offices accessible for staff and visitors with disability.
  • Making sure that public toilets in national parks are accessible for people with disability.
  • Working with local government to help councils make communities more accessible for people with disability.

More housing

  • Starting work on up to 900 new homes.
    They will all be accessible.

Accessible information

  • Making more than 75 government websites accessible.
  • Training government staff on how to make accessible websites and electronic documents.
    This means that most people with disability will be able to read and understand them.
  • Helping the Department of Justice caption all videos on their websites.
    Captions are when words are on the screen so people with hearing impairment can read what is being said.
  • Putting AUSLAN videos telling people what to do in an emergency on the TASALERT website.
    AUSLAN is sign language for people with hearing impairment.

Justice and Rights

  • Putting in place a new Mental Health Act.
    An Act is a law.
  • Making a Disability Justice Plan.
    This will make courts and prisons fairer for people with disability.
  • Working on stopping discrimination against people who travel with assistance animals.
    Some people have a specially trained animal that helps them.

    For example, a guide dog helps a person with a vision impairment get around.
  • Helping to stop women with disability experiencing family violence.
    We will have a special person work on this.

Personal Support

  • Starting the Self-Directed Funding program.
    Some people who are not in the NDIS get support through an Individual Support Program or Community Access package.
    They can now use their funding in a way that suits their needs.

    They can be more in control.

Mental Health

  • Making things better for people who have a mental illness.
    Feelings are part of your health.
    When bad feelings stay for a long time and stop you from enjoying things, this can be a mental illness.
    The Framework for Action helps people understand mental health better.
    People can get better care.
    We have a plan called Rethink Mental Health: A Long-Term Plan for Mental Health in Tasmania 2015-25.

Education

  • Setting up a group called Improved Support for Students with Disability - Ministerial Taskforce They will look into the support that is given to students with disability.
    The group will say how to support students with disability better.

    There is $12 million to put in place the things the group say will help.
  • Running a new Autism Class Support Program.
    This will help young people with autism get the help they need. It will help them be part of mainstream schools.
  • School principals and teachers can have training to help them get better at including students with disability.
  • Working with others around Australia to make resources for teachers and support workers to use.
    These will help students with disability.
  • Training teachers how to use of assistive technology for students with disability.
    Assistive technology are things like iPads with special programs to make learning easier.

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