The theme of this year’s International Day of People with a Disability is “Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities”. This year’s theme is of particular significance for us at the museum as we reflect upon the many achievements of our organisation’s Disability Action Plan. We look forward to working towards the implementation of the next phase of the plan. The museum acknowledges that the ongoing improvements to access and inclusion for people with a disability create a more enriching experience for all our visitors.
The museum’s Disability Reference Group (DRG) has been critical in informing the direction and priorities of the Disability Action Plan. Representatives from key external stakeholders and a broad range of experts in the field of disability services provide a continuous role in supporting the museum by offering guidance and advice on current thinking, ideas and technologies that improve the visitor experience for people with a disability.
The museum is committed to building on the successes of the past three years by continuing to consult with the DRG to explore opportunities and ways to constantly enhance the whole experience for people with a disability when visiting the museum. The DRG met on 1st December 2015 to celebrate the successes of the past three years and establish the future direction of the Disability Action Plan. Members of the DRG pictured include left to right: Lee Webster (MoAD), Karen McKernan (Mental Health Foundation), Craig Wallace (PWD ACT), Jim McDougall (Deafness Forum) and Glenda Smith (MoAD).
Inclusion matters and here at the museum we take our commitment to providing the best possible experience for all our visitors very seriously. December 3rd is a time to celebrate the progress made towards breaking down barriers, opening doors and realising an inclusive society for all.
The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House will be celebrating International Day of People with a Disability (IDPwD) with free entry to the museum.
The Museum is pleased to broadcast a talk by Graeme Innes AM, former Australian Discrimination Commissioner from 2005 to 2014. This presentation on 3rd December 2015 from the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka acknowledges both the International Day of People with a Disability and the 161st anniversary of the Eureka Stockade.