20% of the Australians population is living with a physical and non-physical disability, that’s over 4.5 million people. People with disability can often feel marginalised because of it society places barriers and limitations on what they can do. Having a disability is a natural, normal part of the community and it can happen to anyone, at any stage, even to you reading this. Disability does not discriminate.
3 x Paralympic and 6 x Wheelchair Tennis Grand Slam champion, Dylan Alcott OAM was born with a tumour wrapped around his spine that left him to be a paraplegic as an infant. Living with disability from an early age, Dylan has lived first-hand how hard it can be because society often this if you have a disability or acquire a disability your life is over, and he wanted to shatter those perceptions and show that people with disability can be positive contributing members of society.
Dylan founded Get Skilled Access in 2017, born out of real life experiences. “I founded Get Skilled Access because I was tired of able-bodied people telling myself and people with disability how they should live, work and shop. “If you are going to talk about disability at the table, you need to have someone with disability have a seat at that table”. – Dylan Alcott OAM
Get Skilled Access is the intersection between business and people with disability working with corporates, governments and schools across the country and the world decoding the myths of disability to provide real-life, tangible emotional experiences to drive inclusion, productivity and profitability. The Get Skilled Access mantra is “real life disability experience delivered by real-life people with disability”.
There are two reasons why organisations should care about disability. One, it’s the right thing to do, the positive social change needs to happen now. But secondly and more importantly, it’s great for business.
From an organisational standpoint, if products are made more accessible, people with disability are going to buy them. People with disabilities are going to get out there and spend their money on shopping, travel, insurances, homes, and live the life they want to live just like their able-bodied counterparts.