Defence salutes contribution of employees with disability
30 November 2015
Defence marks International Day for People with Disability on 3 December 2015 by celebrating the success of its disability employment programs, such as the Defence Administration Assistance Program (DAAP) and the Defence Intellectual Disability Employment Initiative.
First Assistant Secretary People Services, Richard Oliver, one of Defence’s Disability Champions, said Defence employees with disability helped the department to achieve important outcomes.
“People with a disability help increase inclusion and break down the social barriers and stigma that can be associated with physical and intellectual disabilities,” he said.
“People with disability are valuable members of society with many skills and abilities and, given the right support and opportunities, can also provide valuable contributions in the workplace.
“Programs like the Defence Administration Assistance Program and the Defence Intellectual Disability Employment Initiative demonstrate Defence’s continuing commitment to breaking down employment barriers for people with disability and to the Pathways to Change initiative. All Australians should have the opportunity to contribute to Defence,” Mr Oliver said.
Both programs provide people with disability the opportunity to earn an income, contribute to Defence’s capability, and to develop social connections. The programs also have a positive effect on Defence’s culture by increasing inclusion.
DAAP staff member, Malcolm Lidden, said the program gave him a sense of purpose and enhanced his self-esteem, while providing practical skill sets.
"It keeps me occupied. If I didn't have this job I would be bored sitting at home," he said.
"I also like catching the bus to work and letting myself in the building with my security pass."
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