“Anyone in the community may experience disability at some time in life. Disability is a normal part of the human experience, and people with disabilities are part of all sections of the Australian community: men, women, and children; indigenous and non-indigenous; employers and employees; students and teachers; consumers and citizens.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics figures indicate that 20 per cent of the Australian population, or more than three million people, have one or more disabilities; and that this proportion is increasing, in particular with the ageing of the population.”
Extract from the Australian Human Rights Commission
Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP)
We're developing a new Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) and we want to hear from people with disabilities: what will make your community and your Council more accessible and inclusive?
To get your feedback, we'll be hosting a number of events across the Coast, including a number of community forums.
The forums will feature guest speakers, and will be wheelchair accessible, have accessible amenities, hearing loop, Auslan interpreters, quiet zone and accessible parking.
We hope you can join us on:
- Tuesday 6 Sept, from 6pm to 8pm, at the Erina Room, the Erina Centre - Erina Fair. Tickets http://goo.gl/Oiy6ST
- Wednesday 7 Sept, from 10am to 12pm, at the Erina Room, the Erina Centre - Erina Fair. Tickets: https://goo.gl/BF5i5F
- Tuesday 13 Sept, from 6pm to 8pm, at Blue Haven Community Centre, 1 Aspley Court. Tickets: https://goo.gl/Sb0B1n
- Thursday 15 Sept, from 10am to 12pm, at the Wyong Civic Centre. Tickets: https://goo.gl/h0O4NG
Carers and parents of people with disabilities can also have their say, and disability service providers and representatives from disability advocacy and peer groups are encouraged to participate.
Wyong Council is committed to providing areas that are accessible to the whole community.
Check out these areas:
Attendant propelled, all-terrain Beach Wheelchairs are available at Toowoon Bay Beach for use by disabled visitors and their families.
The chairs provide easy access to the water and across the sand for people with a range of disabilities. For more information contact http://www.accessibletourism.com.au/.
Two chairs are located at Toowoon Bay Surf Life Saving Club. For Bookings during summer (October school holidays to the end of April) – Monday to Friday, contact Wyong Council’s Lifeguard Service on 4333 3046. For other times and weekends contact Toowoon Bay SLSC 4332 2411.
The following is a list of services that may be of assistance, it is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all services available.
Ability Links - St Vincent de Paul Society Central Coast Region - Aims to assist people with disability to be valued and equal members of their communities.
4326 0400 - Referral and General Enquiries. www.vinnies.org.au
Central Coast Disability Network (CCDN) - CCDN’s aim is to develop better opportunities for people with disabilities in our local community. They offer assisted living programs, multicultural access and equity project, counselling, information and referral and individual advocacy.
4324 2355 - www.ccdn.com.au
HACC – Home and Community Care - Provides help for people who are frail aged, or young people with a disability and their carers, enabling the person to remain as independent as possible in their home.
1300 731 556 www.centralcoasthacc.com.au
Lifestyle solutions - Lifestyle Solutions is a not for profit organisation, founded in Newcastle in 2001 with a vision to provide person centred, flexible and responsive support services to people with disability. Over time, our support has extended beyond disabilities to include a range of support services for children, young people and adults across Australia.
4014 7800 www.lifestylesolutions.org.au
Life Without Barriers - Life Without Barriers offer services that are person centered, accessible and strengths based. They provide quality support that assist people in realising their full potential through empowering approaches.
4343 8830 www.lwb.org.au
Samaritans - Samaritans provide disability services, disability care, youth, family, mental health and community support.
4384 8400. www.samaritans.org.au