Access and Inclusion
Why are disability inclusive events important?
Increasing inclusion increases participation as one in five Victorians have a disability. People with disability will choose to participate in events depending on the ease of access, the range of activities available to them, and the attitudes of staff, volunteers and participants.
Being able to participate in all aspects of life is a human right for people with disability, as enshrined by the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disability. As the social model of disability suggests, people are disabled by the people and environment around them, not by their individual impairments or differences.
Event organisers are legally obligated under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 to remove any barriers to participation. It is against the law in Victoria to discriminate against someone because of their disability.
How to make your event inclusive
The most important things you can do are:
1. Think in the early planning phases about adjustments people with disability might need.
2. Ask participants about their access needs before the event and be prepared to provide alternatives that cater for different needs.
3. Provide as much information as you can about the event so people can plan around any barriers or choose not to attend.
4. When you have completed the event, consider if the event met accessibility needs. This will help you improve your process for next time.
Please refer to the Guidelines and Checklist for Inclusive events for help in planning your inclusive event
Best practice examples