Dr Mark Bagshaw - Awarded August 2013
Dr Mark Stephen Bagshaw is a self-pronounced advocate of change for people with disability – especially in the areas of employment and accessibility.
He is also an Australian businessman, working at IBM for over 25 years in a variety of technical, marketing, management and executive roles. During this time he established the IBM Accessibility Centre in Australasia.
He is currently Managing Director of Innov8 Consulting Group, which conducts strategic business consulting, primarily in the social sector, with a focus on social reform and social inclusion.
Mark became a quadriplegic at the age of 16 after a diving accident. He went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts , majoring in economics and psychology.
His message is simple and effective: It makes good economic sense for every country to tap the talents of people with disability. The compelling reason for doing this is improving the economic bottom line.
Mark is a Don't DIS my ABILITY ambassador.
Among others, Mark is also Co-founder and Chairman of the Ability Australia Foundation; Vice-patron of Technical Aid for the Disabled; and a member of the Centre for Social Impact Advisory Council.
He was also Co-Chair of both the National VET Disability Advisory Taskforce and the Australian Disability Training Advisory Council for a number of years.
He has been recognised by numerous national and international awards including an Australian Humanitarian Award and an Honorary Doctorate from Griffith University.
He received the Centenary Medal for "long service to improve the employment and career options for people with a disability" in 2001. Mark was also an Australian 2020 Summit Participant.
Mark says that “there is no one solution to getting people with disability into the work force. We need to treat disability as a ‘whole of life’ issue.”
His proposal is for three closely-linked ‘strategic interventions.’ They involve engaging the business sector in producing products and services that remove infrastructure barriers, a lifelong learning approach to empowering people with disability and a community-wide marketing program to lift community expectations.
Mark is passionate about social reform and particularly about the crucial role that education performs in developing a just, healthy society.
Mark is well deserving of a place in Disability Employment Australia’s Hall of Fame.