International Day of People with Disability is an opportunity for the community to make positive changes to the lives of the 4.4 million Australians with disability.
Locally, Wollondilly Council is reviewing the Wollondilly Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) and wants to check in with the community to make sure the Shire is accessible and inclusive for everyone.
The DIAP provides Council with a framework to help create a more inclusive and accessible place to live and work.
CEO Ben Taylor said, “The purpose of the DIAP is to ensure we are supporting people with disability and their carers to be involved fully in community life.”
“Inclusion is for everyone, so with one in five people in Australia living with some form of disability we are looking to hear from as many people as possible about their experiences using Council’s services, facilities and activities.”
“Disabilities can be very different from person to person. They can be physical, intellectual, a mental illness, or sensory, temporary or permanent. They can be there from birth or occur during a person’s lifetime.”
“Planning for growth in Wollondilly should mean that Council considers people of all abilities, leaving no-one behind.”
Council wants to hear from people living with – or caring for someone with – a disability, as well as local residents, businesses and service providers.