We have resources that will help you understand the ILC program, grants and inclusion. Keep checking back as we add more useful resources.
Do you or your organisation want to know if you are ready to apply for a grant, to see if you are eligible, or even to identify what you could be doing in this area?
We have developed a self-assessment tool to help you in your thinking and planning around inclusion and potential ILC grants. This tool has been designed for your own internal use and does not form part of the application process.
Self-Assessment tool ONE: explores what the ILC is, how it might be relevant to you and if your project idea align with the ILC intent.
Self-Assessment tool TWO: explores the evidence to support the project need, demonstrate outcomes, identifying if you have the resources to develop the idea, if you are ready to implement the project, and finally if you are are ready to put together an ILC grant application.
We worked with CRU to develop the following factsheets about inclusive education and inclusive employment. CRU has worked with families for 30 years and worked with them to the compile practical advice below. Although targeted to families, friends and young people they contain useful advice and links to other resources for community members and professionals. In the second year of Inclusion Ready the project will be focusing on education and employment not only for possible ILC grant ideas and the success of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) but also to improve the wellbeing of the whole community.
The inclusive education fact sheets are designed to assist families and friends to advocate for a child with a disability to actively participate in regular school classes with appropriate support and adjustments. As our environmental scan noted “…early inclusion in school is consistently a key predictor for a life trajectory of inclusion for children with disabilities.” Becoming Inclusion Ready p19.
The inclusive employment fact sheets have practical steps for young people with disability, their families and friends to identify job opportunities. Employment matters for all young people and as fact sheet 1 says “Having a job brings a sense of purposed and belonging the opportunity to make friends. Your first job is an important start to your adult life.” A review of the literature in Becoming Inclusion Ready identified that “…one of the biggest barriers experienced by people with disabilities in the workplace is the stereotypical attitudes that employers and colleagues hold about employing a person with a disability, resulting in discrimination and under representation.” But also notes that “The research instead shows that, when compared to employees without disabilities, employees with disabilities have higher retention rates, better work attendance rates, equivalent productivity levels and better workplace safety records.” Becoming Inclusion Ready p 21 & 22, See also Fact sheet 7: Information for employers.