Zero Barriers is a businesses and services support project that aims to eliminate barriers for people with disability when shopping, using services or participating in activities in their local communities.

This activity will be of particular relevance to students with an interest in disability and in community health. Students will use their knowledge and skills to:

  • Educate businesses and services about accessibility and inclusion barriers encountered by people with disability.
  • Support businesses and services to become more disability friendly; and
  • Promote businesses and services that are committed to eliminating barriers for people with disability.

The role

  • Undertake phone conversations with businesses and services from Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Blacktown and Ryde LGA's to raise awareness about disability inclusion and the Zero Barriers project.
  • Undertake research to develop a self-assessment tool to determine business accessibility and identify areas for improvement.
  • Conduct a mapping exercise of businesses and services in participating council LGAs.
  • Assist in the development of the Zero Barriers Accessibility Guide, which will offer research-based tips and suggestion to become more accessible and inclusive.
  • Contribution to the Zero Barriers monthly newsletter which contains useful resources, links and training opportunities.
  • Assist in the data collation and directory development of participating businesses and services.
  • Assist in the delivery of the Zero Barriers Business networking and information sessions, facilitated by participating councils.
  • In the event of an extended lock-down students will be able to complete the activity online and tasks adjusted as required.

How to apply

More information about requirements, dates, times, and locations for this opportunity can be found on InPlace. Students can also apply to any available opportunity directly through InPlace. For information and tools on how to use InPlace, please refer to 'Applying with InPlace' module in the Community Engagement Canvas Course.

Before applying for an opportunity please ensure:

  • You understand and will follow any COVID-safe practices as determined by ACU, the organisation offering this opportunity or the public health orders of your state.
  • You are willing to undertake further processing as required and acknowledge that your ACU email address and the information you provide in your application will be shared with the organisation that offers this opportunity. The organisation will keep your personal information confidential.
  • You have read the 'Safety and Wellbeing' module in the Community Engagement course.

Opportunities are available in line with the needs of our community partners. If this opportunity is not listed in InPlace it may not be open, it may be at capacity, or you may not be eligible.

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If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact ACU Engagement.

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