va-access-to-employment-policy-july-2011.doc - Vision Australia Public Policy Access to Employment July 2011 Policy summary This policy is about access

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Vision Australia Public Policy Access to Employment July 2011 Policy summary This policy is about access to employment which is a fundamental right of all adults who are blind, deafblind or have low vision. Employment is integral to maximising opportunities for participation in all aspects of life, including economic security, buying or renting a home, leisure and recreation, and access to goods and services, including assistive technologies. Given the high levels of unemployment and underemployment experienced by people who are blind, deafblind or have low vision, governments, employer bodies, employers, and vocational educational bodies must develop and adopt policies and programs that will maximise opportunity for our clients. If you would like this policy in an alternative format or wish to discuss it with Vision Australia’s Policy and Advocacy team, please contact us: Vision Australia Policy & Advocacy Department Tel: 1300 84 74 66 (within Australia) (+61 2) 9334 3333 (outside Australia) Email: [email protected] Website: Purpose The purpose of this policy statement is: Vision Australia Access to Employment Policy Page 1 of 7
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1. To clearly articulate Vision Australia’s considered position on the need for people who are blind, deafblind or have low vision to have equal and independent access to employment; 2. To set out how Vision Australia’s delivery of services will reflect this policy; and; 3. To set out what Vision Australia will do to ensure that this policy is taken into account by mainstream bodies, including all levels of government, business and the community. Policy Context A core value of Australian society is that people should have the opportunity to pursue the career of their choice and to seek and gain employment. Under- employment and unemployment are regarded as undesirable and many studies have demonstrated the disadvantaging effects of unemployment and under-employment on health, well-being, self-esteem and the ability to participate in society as active citizens. People who have a disability, including people who are blind, deafblind or have low vision, have the same fundamental rights as other members of the community, and this includes the right to equal access to employment. The Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act 1992 makes it unlawful to discriminate against people with a disability in certain key areas of economic, social and cultural life, including employment. Australia has ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) which, among other things, asserts the rights of people with a disability to have equal access to employment and call on signatories to remove barriers to such access. Despite good intentions, there are still significant barriers facing people who are blind, deafblind or have low vision in seeking, gaining and maintaining employment and unemployment rates are much higher than for the rest of the community.
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