We were recently notified that our philanthropic applications to the Snow Foundation scheme and the Remarkable mentoring program were unsuccessful. We appreciated the opportunity to apply and knew the schemes would be very competitive, but we are still thoroughly disappointed and more than a little gutted.
There are a few review decisions due over the next couple of months but we are pondering what we’ll do if none of them are succesful. The Executive Team, Advisory Board and volunteers are still passionate about disability entrepreneurship in Australia. But these failures are unsettling.
We are very conscious of the need for there to be a vibrant conversation about the value and importance of disability entrepreneurship in Australia and how it could be a powerful force for positive change for individuals, their families, our communities for the Australian economy.
We believe supporting Australians who live with a disability to establish and operate their own sustainable, successful and long-lasting money-generating endeavour will have a number of key advantages:
(i) Address the degree to which 40% of Australians who live with a disability are living on, or near the poverty line;
(ii) Help individuals escape the situation where around 30% of employees who live with a disability experience prejudice, discrimination or ignorance in the workplace;
(iii) Empower individuals to create workspaces, duties and roles that both fit the realities of their disability and facilitates them to pursue their potential and aspirations;
(iv) It will create, nurture and support a community of practice in the Australian disability entrepreneurship space; and
(v) It will encourage and empower social engagement.