Have Your Say on Council’s draft Inclusion Action Plan

Inner West Council is inviting comment on the draft Inclusion Action Plan, which will improve inclusion of people with a disability and remove barriers to access and participation.

Council developed the plan after consultation with people with a disability, family members of people with a disability, and agencies and service providers.

All Council’s Strategic Reference Groups were also consulted.

“Council recognises that for a society to be healthy and functioning, everyone needs to feel included,” said Administrator of Inner West Council Richard Pearson.

“Inner West Council is committed to ensuring that people living with a disability have access to the full range of services and activities available in the community,” he said.

“And that means working with stakeholders to improve inclusion and access to all our educational, recreational and social services and programs.

“Other strategies could include raising awareness of the rights of people with a disability, developing more and different programs and activities, improving information available about what’s currently out there, and identifying service gaps and how these could be filled,” he said.

The Action Plan will uphold and promote the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Community members are invited to comment on the draft plan until Thursday 30 March. Go to http://www.yoursayinnerwest.com.au/draft-inclusion-action-plan-for-people-with-a-disability Or attend an information session and workshop:

• Thursday 16 March, 5pm - 7pm at Ashfield Service Centre
• Tuesday 21 March, 2pm - 4pm at Petersham Service Centre
• Thursday 23 March 6pm – 8pm, Workshop at Town Hall, Ashfield Service Centre

RSVP to 9367 9043.

The feedback will inform a revised final draft which will be reported to a future Council meeting for adoption. For more information contact:

Gabrielle Higgins Community Development Officer - Ageing, Disability and Social Inclusion 9367 9043 gabrielle.higgins@innerwest.nsw.gov.au
Glenn Redmayne Strategic Community Project Officer - Access and Inclusion, 9335 2074 glenn.redmayne@innerwest.nsw.gov.au
Julia Phillips Community Development Worker Seniors & Disability, 9716 1819 Julia.Phillips@innerwest.nsw.gov.au



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