International Day of People with Disability 2023

GetAboutAble is thrilled to celebrate International Day of People with Disability 2023 (IDPWD).
As we honour people with disability on a daily basis, today holds special significance for contemplating our efforts, recognising our supporters, amplifying the voices of advocates within the community, and leveraging the attention in the media to further spread the messages we tirelessly strive to convey.

The theme for 2023 International Day of People with Disability is ‘United in action to rescue and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for, with and by persons with disabilities.’

“The 2023 theme for IDPwD asks everyone to work together to make the world better and fairer for people with disability.”

– IDPWD Website

At GetAboutAble, our team is comprised of 70% people with disability and we pair our collective lived experience with our industry knowledge to service the tourism and leisure industries with access and inclusion at the forefront. We strive to provide meaningful, enjoyable employment to people with disability, and pride ourselves on the unique, disability lead experience we bring to our consulting services. (We know it allows us to provide a better version of our services as we focus on improving travel and leisure opportunities for people with disability, both as consumers and employees.)

You can view the bio’s of our team on our About Us page.

Only 53.4% of people with disability within Australia participate in the labour force (Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2019, 4430.0 – Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia 2018), which results in a large percentage of the population’s unique lived experience, skills and work ethic being untapped and unused. 

While the obvious benefits of hiring inclusively, such as increased income and better living standards for people with disability is a strong reason on its own, there are numerous added benefits to fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce. 

People with disability bring tangible benefits to the workplace, ranging from increased creativity to improved problem-solving and higher retention rates. Embracing the talents and perspectives of individuals with disability contributes to a more robust and successful workforce overall. Having a diverse workforce can also enhance an organisation’s understanding of diverse customer needs, allowing you to reach wider markets than before.

“Research has shown that workers with disability have higher rates of retention, better attendance and fewer occupational health and safety incidents than those without a disability.”

– K Hindle, J Noble, and B Phillips, ‘Are workers with a disability less productive? An empirical challenge to a suspect axiom’ (1999)

Keen to tap into the diverse skill-set of people with disability? Austrade’s ‘People with disability a valuable addition to the tourism workforce’ article provides a variety of information and resources to help you take the first step towards inclusive employment. 

Want to work with GetAboutAble in 2024 to utilise our lived experience, industry knowledge and expertise to increase your access and inclusion in the tourism and travel industry? Email or view our services page

Interested in finding IDPwD events running this weekend in your local area? You can check out the community event calendar on this link:  

Happy International Day of People with Disability. The team at GetAboutAble look forward to continuing to support and advocate in 2024 and beyond.

List of resources:

17 Sustainable Development Goals

Austrade’s ‘People with disability a valuable addition to the tourism workforce’ article

Australian Human Rights Commission: 6 Economic and social benefits of employing people with disability

International Day of People with Disability website

Team image of some GetAboutAble members standing in front of an AITCAP banner
Some of the GetAboutAble team standing in front of an AITCAP banner at the 2023 Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Conference