ACTION, Canberra's bus service, has taken on board the ACT Government's policy recommendation that more opportunities for employment be made available to disabled people. "They will be given special training to compensate for their disabilities, to suit them for a particular job, and to prepare them for a worthwhile and productive place in our workforce." said a spokesperson for ACTION.
Three months ago, ACTION set up a special scheme to achieve this end. The scheme is tailored to suit each disabled person individually and to provide them with the best means to achieve their desired outcome.
The ACT Minister for Transport, Ms Marjory Daw, applauded ACTION in its aims to help disabled people enter the workforce. She said that it provides an excellent example to other employers, both government and private, and that she hoped that many more would take up the challenge.
The first graduate of ACTION's new training scheme, Mr John Smith, completed his training yesterday and will take up his new duties next Monday. Mr Smith, who has been completely blind since his early childhood will become a driver on one of ACTION's new fleet of buses.
These new buses are controversial in that they depart radically from all previous bus design philosophy by have no windows. A report on the introduction of the new buses was published in The Spoof! yesterday.
Ms Daw congratulated ACTION for giving Mr Smith such a responsible position, adding that she wished him well in his new endeavour. She proclaimed "Putting a blind driver in a bus with no windows is an inspired decision!"