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Disability Action Week

Disability Action Week is held annually in September and raises awareness of how Queenslanders can play their own role in creating an all abilities Queensland.

The week acknowledges the important and varied contributions people living with a disability make to our state.

The week also aims to empower people with disability, riase awareness of disability issues, and improve access and inclusion throughout the wider community.

Disability Action Week 2020

Last year, Disability Action Week was celebrated from 13 to 19 September. The theme ‘Access-ability — making things better for everyone’ highlighted the benefits of improved accessibility, not only for people with disability but also for the whole community. We all benefit when the communities where we live, work, learn and play are inclusive and provide opportunities for everyone to participate and fulfil their potential.

To ignite community conversations about ideas for improving access in everyday life, we explored access-ability in transport, communication, building design and lifelong learning through a series of conversations with subject experts.

The podcast series hosted by Karni Liddell from the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors explored what accessibility means, why it is so vital in important aspects of our lives, and the positive outcomes for everyone to be gained by making our communities more inclusive and accessible.


transport iconDr Kevin Cocks AM is a giant in Queensland human rights activism with a special interest in disability. Kevin acquired quadriplegia as a young man after a sporting accident.

Currently Executive General Manager, Accessibility, with the Department of Transport and Main Roads, Kevin joins Karni Liddell and talks accessibility, how far we’ve come in building an accessible transport network in Queensland and where we go next.


communication iconWhat is accessible communication? What is involved in making information accessible and why is it so important to do this?

These are some of the questions online accessibility specialist Alex Bey from Tagged PDF discusses in this podcast. He shows how accessible communication is making things easier for everyone — whether it be people with disability, older people, or people viewing content on mobile phone screens, navigating a website or buying something online. He gives practical examples of how to make online communication more accessible and improve the user experience, and the benefits this offers for all parties.

Universal and building design

building design iconWhat is universal design and why is it important in creating more liveable and accessible communities?

Dr Janice Rieger, an international expert in universal design, joins Karni Liddell to discuss accessible building design, the need to involve people with disability in co-design, and how universal design principles produce a better built environment for everyone.

Listen to the full podcast to find out how you can make your home and your communities more accessible places.

Lifelong learning

lifelong learning iconWe know inclusive education and learning opportunities are fundamental to individual development and participation. But what do these opportunities look like, and why are they so important — for people with disability and our whole society?

In this podcast, Rachel Carr from Illume Learning shares insights from her experiences from her family life and her work in the disability and education sectors. She explores ‘full’ accessibility and inclusion in education beyond the obvious things like the physical environment, to ensuring students with disability can access learning in the same way as their peers — in the way that works for them. Rachel also discusses the benefits of inclusive education, both for children with and without disabilities, and the large body of research evidence that shows this.