Disability Access & Inclusion Plan (DAIP) 2012 – 2017 strategies

The recommended strategies relating to specific DAIP outcomes are informed by the review and consultation, and include strategies from the previous plan that have not been fully implemented. The following strategies will guide the activities Curtin will undertake from 2012–2017 to improve access to our services, buildings and information.

Outcome 1: People with disabilities have the same opportunities as other people to access the services of, and events organised by, Curtin.

 Strategy
1.1Curtin’s plans policies and procedures will continue to include references to people with disabilities and legislative responsibilities where appropriate.
1.2Curtin will review the development and implementation of Curtin Access Plans for students.
1.3Curtin will audit its student study areas such as Abacus Labs to ensure their accessibility for students and staff with a disability.
1.4Curtin staff will use the Accessible Events checklist to ensure all Curtin hosted events are accessible to people with a disability.
1.5 Curtin will ensure admission selection and enrolment procedures including orientation programs are inclusive in design and accessible for students with a disability.
1.6Curtin will ensure the design delivery and assessment of academic programs and the delivery of services are inclusive of and accessible to students with a disability.
1.7Curtin will ensure library services and resources are accessible for students staff and visitors with a disability.
1.8 Curtin will involve Curtin students in the implementation of the Disability Access and Inclusion Plan where applicable.
1.9Curtin will engage with the Disability Services Commission regarding the opportunities in the ‘Count Me In – Disability Future Directions’ strategy.
1.10Curtin will explore with the Disability Services Commission and other relevant stakeholders ways of including people with an intellectual disability in university life.
1.11Curtin will benchmark its access and inclusion practices with other universities.
1.12Curtin will actively promote the Disability Access and Inclusion Plan and provide regular updates to the Curtin community through means identified in the consultation.
1.13Curtin staff are informed about the principles of universal design.

Outcome 2: People with disabilities have the same opportunities as other people to access Curtin’s buildings and facilities.

 Strategy
2.1Curtin will have a Physical Access Plan that identifies strategies and budgets to improve access on Curtin’s WA campuses to ensure legislative requirements are met with progress regularly reported to the Disability Access and Inclusion Plan Implementation Committee.
2.2Curtin will consult with stakeholders regarding access and inclusion including people with a disability the Universal Design Reference Group and appropriate staff prior to the commencement of new building projects and major refurbishments.
2.3A Curtin Wayfinding Strategy will be developed to ensure safe and accessible paths of travel.
2.4A Curtin Accessible Parking and Public Transport Strategy will be developed and implemented.
2.5Accessible residential facilities will be incorporated in student residence developments.
2.6The Curtin website will have information about physical access for people with a disability.
2.7Feedback about access from students staff and visitors with a disability will be acted on in a timely and appropriate manner.
2.8Curtin will report annually on its progress to meet the requirements of the Access to Premises Standards to the Academic Services Committee and the Planning and Management Committee.
2.9Curtin will have Occupational Health and Safety procedures in place to ensure the safety of students staff and visitors with a disability in the event of a fire or emergency.

Outcome 3: People with disabilities receive information from Curtin in a format that will enable them to access the information as readily as other people are able to access it.

 Strategy
3.1Curtin will promote its Accessible Information policy and provide staff education about its implementation.
3.2All Curtin’s public documents will include a statement promoting the availability of alternative formats to Curtin students staff and visitors.
3.3 Curtin distribution lists for media releases and other public information will include peak disability organisations and community radio.
3.4Curtin will take action to ensure accessibility of corporate applications for people with a disability.
3.5Curtin will take action to ensure Curtin websites and content including online learning resources and notices meet World Wide Web Consortium requirements.
3.6Curtin will take action to ensure iLectures and other audio-visual materials are of consistent high quality and accessibility.
3.7Learning resources will be made available in accessible formats in a timely manner.
3.8All Curtin communications will use inclusive language and be made accessible to students staff and visitors with a disability.

Outcome 4: People with disabilities receive the same level and quality of service from Curtin staff as other people receive from Curtin staff.

 Strategy
4.1Curtin will promote its information to the public on how it provides services and support for students staff and visitors with a disability.
4.2Curtin staff will be informed through induction and ongoing training about their responsibilities to students and staff with a disability.
4.3Curtin staff will be supported to provide culturally appropriate services to Indigenous students staff and visitors with a disability.
4.4Curtin staff will be supported in their service delivery to students staff and visitors with a disability.
4.5Curtin will maintain and promote its policies codes of conduct and strategies that prohibit discrimination harassment and victimisation of students of staff and visitors with a disability.

Outcome 5: People with disabilities have the same opportunities as other people to make complaints to Curtin.

 Strategy
5.1Curtin will provide an accessible complaints process.
5.2Curtin’s accessible complaints process will be promoted regularly via internal and external media and peak disability organisations.
5.3Staff involved in receiving and managing complaints will know how to provide appropriate support throughout the process.
5.4Trends in complaints relating to access and inclusion will be monitored and reported to the Disability Access and Inclusion Plan Implementation Committee for systemic action if required.

Outcome 6: People with disabilities have the same opportunities as other people to participate in any public consultation by Curtin.

 Strategy
6.1Curtin will continue to provide inclusive opportunities for students staff and visitors with a disability to participate in Curtin’s public consultations.
6.2Curtin will develop an Accessible Consultation Guide with checklists.

Outcome 7: People with disabilities have the same opportunities as other people to access and participate in employment at Curtin.

 Strategy
7.1Curtin will ensure staff recruitment activities are inclusive in design and accessible to people with a disability.
7.2Curtin will ensure staff with a disability are provided with appropriate support to carry out their employment responsibilities as specified in the position description.
7.3Curtin will ensure staff with a disability are provided with appropriate development opportunities to meet longer-term plans for career development.
7.4Curtin will consider ways of enhancing the employment of people with a disability such as by job design working from home and other innovative and flexible employment practices.
7.5Curtin students with a disability will have access to information and support to enhance their employability.