Making mainstream services accessible and responsive to people with intellectual disability: What is the equivalent of lifts and Labradors? Proceedings of the Seventh Roundtable on Intellectual Disability Policy
The Roundtable on Intellectual Disability Policy is an annual event that is convened by the Living with Disability research group at La Trobe University in collaboration with key stakeholders interested in improving the lives of people with intellectual disability. The Roundtable is self-funding. It aims,
To provide a space for fearless debate, among interested groups, about policy within both the disability and the broader human service sectors for people with intellectual disabilities, with the intention of naming issues, clarifying concepts and ideas, exploring challenges, articulating solutions and informing practice.
The 2012 Roundtable explored the proposition that all mainstream services should be accessible and responsive to people with intellectual disability and asked how this might be done. It considered the following questions:
• What do we mean by mainstream services?
• What is the goal? What does ‘using mainstream services’ look like for someone with an intellectual disability with and without NDIS funding?
• What are the barriers that prevent people with intellectual disability using mainstream services or services from responding appropriately?
• What are the models used to make mainstream services accessible and responsive?
• What is the evidence about what works?
• Are approaches for people with intellectual disability different from those required to address access for other groups of people with disability?
• What can be learned from the models used in Education or Transport Standards or Disability Action Plans?
• Whose responsibility is it to drive change?
The papers in this collection were written to stimulate debate at the Roundtable. They are reproduced in these Proceedings together with an overview of the issues in order to generate further debate about these issues that will be fundamentally important to the long term viability of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.