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Disability Action Week

In 2020, Disability Action Week is being celebrated from 13 to 19 September. This year’s theme ‘Access-ability — making things better for everyone’ highlights the benefits of improved accessibility, not only for people with disability but also for the whole community. We all benefit when the communities where we live, work, learn and play are inclusive and provide opportunities for everyone to participate and fulfil their potential.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the way we share ideas and work together to create the changes that will bring our vision of an all abilities Queensland to life, the resilience and creativity of the disability sector has once again delivered opportunities for everyone to participate in this year’s celebrations.

For details of online events or activities being held during Disability Action Week 2020, visit our events calendar, or to add details of an activity you are planning, submit your event details.

To show your support, help raise awareness or promote your Disability Action Week 2020 activity in your community or workplace, download a range of promotional materials.

Access-ability — making things better for everyone

This year’s theme for Disability Action Week focuses on ways improving access in key areas of everyday life releases an enormous source of untapped creativity and potential that benefits not only people with disability but the whole community.

To ignite community conversations about ideas for improving access in everyday life, we have explored access-ability in transport, communication, building design and lifelong learning through a series of conversations with subject experts.

The podcast series hosted by Karni Liddell from the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors explores what accessibility means, why it is so vital in important aspects of our lives, and the positive outcomes for everyone to be gained by making our communities more inclusive and accessible.


transport iconDr Kevin Cocks AM is a giant in Queensland human rights activism with a special interest in disability. Kevin acquired quadriplegia as a young man after a sporting accident.

Currently Executive General Manager, Accessibility, with the Department of Transport and Main Roads, Kevin joins Karni Liddell and talks accessibility, how far we’ve come in building an accessible transport network in Queensland and where we go next.


communication iconWhat is accessible communication? What is involved in making information accessible and why is it so important to do this?

These are some of the questions online accessibility specialist Alex Bey from Tagged PDF discusses in this podcast. He shows how accessible communication is making things easier for everyone — whether it be people with disability, older people, or people viewing content on mobile phone screens, navigating a website or buying something online. He gives practical examples of how to make online communication more accessible and improve the user experience, and the benefits this offers for all parties.

Universal and building design

building design iconWhat is universal design and why is it important in creating more liveable and accessible communities?

Dr Janice Rieger, an international expert in universal design, joins Karni Liddell to discuss accessible building design, the need to involve people with disability in co-design, and how universal design principles produce a better built environment for everyone.

Listen to the full podcast to find out how you can make your home and your communities more accessible places.

Lifelong learning

lifelong learning iconWe know inclusive education and learning opportunities are fundamental to individual development and participation. But what do these opportunities look like, and why are they so important — for people with disability and our whole society?

In this podcast, Rachel Carr from Illume Learning shares insights from her experiences from her family life and her work in the disability and education sectors. She explores ‘full’ accessibility and inclusion in education beyond the obvious things like the physical environment, to ensuring students with disability can access learning in the same way as their peers — in the way that works for them. Rachel also discusses the benefits of inclusive education, both for children with and without disabilities, and the large body of research evidence that shows this.

  • Resources

    To show your support, help raise awareness or promote your Disability Action Week 2020 activity in your community or workplace, a range of promotional materials is available.