The National LGBTI Health Alliance is engaged in an NDIS funded project called EmployableQ. The National LGBTI Health Alliance is undertaking the project funded through NDIS via the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) Economic Community Participation Disability Grant. The aim of this project is to produce resources for employers within the LGBTI+ sector to promote the hiring of LGBTI+ people with disability.
The EmployableQ project will provide LGBTI organisations with a range of resources and tools to assist them in becoming more inclusive workplaces for people with disability. This information will be delivered via a toolkit targeted towards LGBTI employers.
A co-design team has been established to ensure that all resources reflect the needs of people who are both LGBTI and who have lived experience of disability.
Consultations have also taken place with LGBTI organisations and Disability Employment Services around Australia.
A recent survey conducted by the project team targeted at LGBTI employees provided further evidence around the need for there to be more engagement from LGBTI organisations to ensure that workplaces are inclusive and accessible.
The EmployableQ Toolkit will be launched in October 2020.
The EmployableQ project is funded through NDIS via the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) Economic Community Participation Grant.
EMPLOYABLE Q SURVEY
The LGBTI Health Alliance recently conducted a survey for people working in LGBTI organisations.
The aim of the survey was to explore inclusion and access for people with disability.
Top 3 Issues
• Accessibility in the workplace.
• Workplace culture and attitudes.
• Attracting people with disability to LGBTI organisations.
Disability Action Planning
76% of respondents indicated that there had not been any disability action planning at their organisation and as a result, no clear strategy around disability inclusion.
72% of respondents have not engaged in disability inclusion training at work.
Written documents were only accessible 9% of the time.
Respondents stated that their organisations only advertised with Disability Employment Services (DES) 5% of the time.
• More consultation with staff.
• More education around invisible disabilities.
• More education on ableism in the workplace.
Hannah, our project officer heading up Employable Q, caught up with Arion from Joy 94.9 recently to talk all things employment and disability.
Listen to their conversation below, thanks to The Informer Daily, a national current affairs program on Joy FM.