Improving arts employment for people with disability

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Andrea Lewis

Arts and cultural organisations are well placed to be inclusive employers of people with a disability but we could do better.

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The lack of inclusive and accessible employment for people with disability is of ongoing concern in Australia. Australia ranks a mere 21 out of 29 OECD countries in employment participation rates for people with disability. In addition, people with disability are only about half as likely to be employed and more likely to work part-time, in comparison to their non-disabled counterparts[i].

About the author

Andrea Lewis is Co-ordinator of the Disseminate Project at DADAA, a WA not-for-profit community arts and cultural development (CACD) organisation, focusing on creating opportunities for people with a disability or a mental illness.