Opening date for nominations: 9th April 2016
Closing date for nominations: 23rd April 2016
Enhancing the lives of people with disability is a priority for Australia's aid program.
The Australian Government aims to ensure that people living with disability are included in, and benefit equally from, Australia's development assistance. It focuses on improving the quality of life for people with disability, reducing preventable impairment and promoting effective leadership on disability and development issues. The primary outcome is to support people living with disability to improve the quality of their lives by promoting and improving access to the same opportunities for participation, contribution, decision making, and social and economic well-being.
The Australian Government believes that aid will only be effective if opportunities are available to everyone, including people living with disability. Supporting the participation of people with disability in economic, social and political life helps reduce poverty and increase economic growth and democratic governance.
Reaching out to people living with disability through the Australia Awards in Pakistan
The Australian aid program's approach to disability-inclusive development applies to the Australia Awards in Pakistan. The Australia Awards program aims to strengthen Pakistan's human resource capacities by providing Short course opportunities in areas aligned with Pakistan's development priorities. The priority area for short course awards in 2015 is Business Incubation Management.
Applications from people living with disability
Applications from people living with a disability or people working in the disability sector are strongly encouraged.
The Australian aid program strives to ensure accessibility for people with disability throughout the scholarship process. Reasonable support (academic and non-academic) is provided to recipients living with disability based on a ‘needs’ assessment to allow them to participate on an equal basis with other award recipients. Academic support may comprise adjustments to support academic endeavours such as access to and training in the use of assistive technology and/or additional academic assistance. Non-academic support may comprise full-time or part-time carers and equipment such as wheelchairs or specialised computer hardware/software. Australian institutions are very experienced in providing disability support.
Applicants with a disability are encouraged to notify the Australia Awards office of all disabilities and pre-existing medical conditions as early as possible, preferably when applying for an Australia Award. Early and full notification of a disability will not negatively affect the assessment of an applicant's eligibility or placement and will enable the Australia Awards office to provide appropriate support throughout the application and placement process.
For further information please contact:
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Telephone: +92 51 2600186-9
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