About us

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The platform

The platform came from a simple idea conceived by Col Chandler, set out in his partnership with
Dr. Gary Allen and enhanced in collaborations with fellow travellers. Both men had been involved in successful businesses despite their disabilities and they had noted a serious flaw in the dominant
approach to disability and work, especially for
acquired or progressive conditions.

First a quick reflection on disability in Australia

  • 1 A disability diagnosis doesn’t necessarily mean a person doesn’t have knowledge, skills and experience
  • 2 Most community Australian approaches to disability and work focus upon securing and maintaining regular employment. Such an approach misses the awful reality of conditions like Multiple Sclerosis
  • 3 The unpredictability of many chronic conditions means sufferers don’t know day-to-day or even hour-to-hour if they will be able to work. This is incompatible with even part time or casual engagements.
  • 4 This isn’t the fault of employers or people living with those disabilities. 45% of people with disability live on or near the poverty line, 2.5 times the rate of poverty experienced by the general population (PricewaterhouseCoopers 2011).
  • 5 Enabled offers a novel and constructive alternative.

Enabled.vip is a virtual incubator for people living with a disability. It brings provides access to business expertise, resources, events and an online community

Features of the platform include:

  • A dot bullet point Meeting with an experienced business person who lives with a disability and a another experienced business person
  • A dot bullet point An online community of a crowd of other entrepreneurs, gigsters and other members.
  • A dot bullet point Webinars and online events
  • A dot bullet point Listing in the Bazaar, a market-place Australian business and consumers can use to find a gigster in their area
  • A dot bullet point For users seeking more support
  • An empty bullet point Online mentoring and ongoing advice
  • An empty bullet point Assistance with planning and strategies

All you need is a NDIS plan, a computer/smart phone/tablet and internet access.

  • 6 It has been estimated that 4.4 million Australians live with a disability. 2.1 million of whom are of working age (Australian Network on Disability 2020).
  • 7 In the case of chronic conditions like MS, Motor Neuron Disease and Parkinson’s episodes and symptoms can first occur when a person is 20-30 years of age.
  • 8 During a time in which most Australians would be embarking on a career, saving for a home deposit and finding a life partner, a disability diagnosis can be devastating.
  • 9 45% of people with disability live on or near the poverty line, 2.5 times the rate of poverty experienced by the general population (PricewaterhouseCoopers 2011).
  • 10 Research by the Productivity Commission has found that people with disability are among the most disadvantaged in Australia (Productivity Commission 2011). Low participation rates of people with disability in the labour force results in reduced income and contributes to disadvantage among people with disability (Productivity Commission 2013)

Individual clients and the platform

The intended client users of the Enabled platform are:

Persons living with a disability who have an NDIS plan who:

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    have a great concept for a business;
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    have skills, abilities or talents they want to offer via an online gig marketplace;
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    have an idea, complaint or suggestion they want to take to politicians, public-sector bodies, or the community; or
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    have a hobby, interest or passion they want to continue or build upon

A disability shouldn’t be a reason not to pursue your passion, use your talents and participate.

The Enabled.vip platform provides you access to confidential and expert advice. It also provides access to an internal discussion board, a resource library, webinars and online events, a learning space, a digital marketplace and mentoring.

All you need is a NDIS plan, a computer/smart phone/tablet and internet access.

Your access to Enabled.vip services is paid for from your plan, is available online and is largely available when you need it.

Businesses and the platform

  • Successful Australian (and multi-national) enterprises are those that strive to have positive social impact. Even if you are aware of the situation faced by Australians who live with a disability, it isn’t easy finding a way to make a positive impact.
  • Consumers regard corporation positively if they engage in socially responsible activity (Forbes 2012).
  • ‘Ticking the social responsibility’ box is rarely easy, but increasingly important when the general public distrusts institutions and business.
  • Engaged provides an opportunity for businesses to engage with Australians living with a disability and obtain a desired service.
  • The Bazaar is a tool to locate essential services you need, located in Australia and conducted by persons who are living with a disability (or disabilities).
  • The Bazaar can be searched by service type and location. You can then refine your search by the ratings provided by persons who have used that service, user comments, the gigster’s profile and the details about the service.
  • Businesses that use the service are provided with a graphic tag they can use in advertising and other material.