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Nimble News 19th October 2022

Starting Conversations at our 2022 AGM & Forum - Disability Confidence for your Workplace

The Aloft Rooftop ballroom was a fab venue for our AGM and Forum. We all enjoyed the sweeping views of Perth with our sunset drinks and canapes.

Special thanks to our speakers – Susan and Erin from Disability Assembly WA, and Gaelen and Will from APN Communities for their passion, eloquence and honesty. Thanks also to Dev Singh from for-purpose for sharing his photos from the day. Here are a few take home messages:

There’s been substantial progress in integrating the disabled community into education and transport, but employment is lagging behind. This is despite research showing that a diverse workforce improves business performance. The benefits of employing disabled people are wide ranging and include:

- A wider recruitment pool and thus a greater chance of finding the skills you want.

- Lower absenteeism and lower staff turnover.

- A resilient workforce, with well developed problem-solving skills.

What next? Start conversations with your existing workforce and tap into the knowledge that’s already there (you'll be surprised!). Review your recruitment processes and materials for bias. Consider how you might proactively enable and encourage people with disabilities to apply. Reach out to organisations that provide support for businesses like APN Communities and Edge Employment Solutions. NDIS plans can include employment support such as providing a mentor or support worker (e.g. an Auslan interpreter).

You don’t need to be an expert, just be curious and open and start those conversations...


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