• Ben Drysdale

Have your say on accessibility of ACT Justice services


Rebus is seeking community input around challenges people with disabilities face accessing or interacting with Justice Services through an online survey. It is important to note that Justice services are not limited to criminal justice settings. They may include civil matters or any matters where legal contracts are involved such as employment or housing. If you are a person with a disability, or care for someone who is, and have a story you would like to share, please take a few minutes to fill out this anonymous survey.

The Project: ‘Access All Areas’ is a community consultation and education project designed to improve accessibility for people with disability, and promote inclusive practice in Health, Justice, and Transport services in the ACT. Over September and October, Rebus will develop an experiential workplace training program based on community consultation, about where things can go wrong when people with disability try to interact with Justice services. The first program addressed accessibility and inclusion in Health services, and was delivered to over 200 doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals in the ACT. Our next project addresses accessibility and inclusive practice in Justice services.

How you can help: To do this we need to hear real life stories from people with disability or their carers about times that you have accessed or interacted with these services. We want to hear of any barriers you faced such as: · Physical barriers - like steps, accessibility · Attitudes of employees of an organisation or service · Processes such as ways of contacting an organisation or service · Timetabling

We are also interested in hearing stories of times when justice services got things right for you.

Once developed, each training program will be delivered at workplaces or conferences relating to the relevant service across Canberra. During the training the participants are invited to practice inclusive behaviour in real time, and work together to find solutions to the barriers presented. Confidentiality These stories will only be read by staff of Rebus Theatre, and used for inspiration in the development of the training. No identifying details will be used in the training, and the text you provide will be treated as confidential and will never be made public in any way. NB: We are only seeking stories from People with Disabilities in Australia accessing services in Australia. If you have questions at any time about the survey or the procedures, you may contact Cara Matthews at 0403 815 784 or by email at info@rebustheatre.com. This project is funded by the Australian Federal Government National Disability Insurance Agency's Information, Linkages and Capacity Building program. Thank you very much for your time and support. Please start the survey here.

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