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Carers Queensland supports businesses leading inclusion and accessibility

Published On: 27 October 2021Categories: NDIS, News

Logan Business Distinction Awards 2021

Carers Queensland National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Local Area Coordination (LAC) Partner in the Community is identifying and working with businesses in Logan and Toowoomba to ensure better accessibility and inclusion for people with disability.

Working with the Logan Chamber of Commerce to establish its first ever inclusive business award for the annual Logan Business Distinction Awards, Carers Queensland staff were on hand to award The Empire Bodyshop as 2021 winners at a ceremony in September.

The Beenleigh business has been operating as a gym with a difference for more than five years, setting a new standard of care to assist people of all abilities to grow stronger physically, emotionally or spiritually.

The business’ application for the award stated everyone who comes to their gym “has a name, has a story and deserves to be treated with the dignity and respect that we would treat a brother or sister.” The gym is also fully accessible with an accessible toilet and shower space provided.

The Empire BodyShop

Winner of the Innovation 2021 Award, Sign & Us, connected with Carers Queensland through its community engagement program, which supports local businesses that are making communities more inclusive and accessible for people with disability.

The Slacks Creek business’ mission is to break the barriers between the health, wellness and fitness industries and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community through providing accessible and inclusive group strength and conditioning classes, health seminars and collaborative efforts with other allied health services and professionals.

Sign & Us co-founder, Belle Kaloshin, said they strive to provide a fully accessible functional health and fitness space to the community while highlighting and raising awareness to the inequities and challenges that need to be addressed to make fitness accessible for all.

“We established Sign & Us after identifying a huge gap in the health and fitness community with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community, especially group fitness classes, health seminars and much more,” she said.

“It’s so incredibly important for businesses to be more accessible and inclusive because there is a huge group of people in our community that just aren’t catered for.

“It’s an amazing feeling for not only our business, but also our Deaf/Hard of Hearing community to be recognised. Our goal is to spread more awareness and advocate for better accessibility and by winning this award I feel it’s a step in the right direction to ensure other businesses aspire to be accessible to all members of our community.”

As an Event Partner, Carers Queensland sponsored the Business DisABILITY Awards in Toowoomba in September, celebrating businesses and individuals across Toowoomba and the Darling Downs who support, educate and employ people with disability.

Some of the 2021 winners included Purple Truck Driving School for the Education and Training Award, and Indigenous Champion Award, Liza Chilly.

Purple Truck Driving School CEO Robert Cheek said the company works with students with brain injuries and through their rehabilitation journeys, and have been long term sponsors of ‘Dust Off Brain Bust', an organisation that raises awareness and support for brain injury survivors working in the agricultural industry.

“In recent months, we trained and supported Will, a young and passionate student, and helped him fulfill his dream to drive a truck.

“Will was born with Cerebral Palsy and always wanted to drive trucks. After many weeks of training, he finally achieved his career dream and has landed himself a job at RME, Toowoomba.”

Carers Queensland NDIS LAC Partner in the Community works with businesses and organisations to drive inclusive practices and build accessible communities, through one-to-one conversations, collaborative opportunities for inclusive business programs, and as active participants across South East and Central Queensland.