Click on this box to answer questions about living with a disability and what could make life easier on the Northern Beaches.
Northern Beaches Council needs your help to develop our next Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP).
A Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) tells people what Council will do to make life easier for people living with disability.
We want to know how Council can:
Whether you are a person living with disability, a person with caring responsibilities, a service provider or an interested community member, we want to hear from you.
You can share your experiences and ideas in different ways by clicking on the boxes below. Feel free to choose the activity that works best for you. You can also watch this video explaining the different activities.
Everyone is welcome to do the community survey, however, some of the questions are more relevant to people with a lived experience of disability. Feel free to skip the questions that don’t apply to you and share ideas for a more inclusive and accessible Northern Beaches.
The Vision Board is also available to those who just want to share a few words or images.
If you work in a disability service or have caring responsibilities, the Workshop in a Box resources can help you facilitate a discussion in your own setting.
The Chatterbox activity is a fun way to engage people in the discussion about inclusion and can be done with family, friends, participants and colleagues.
If you need assistance or an Easy Read version of any of the consultation material, please contact Luca Chudleigh on (02) 8495 5386 or email@example.com.
Please share your feedback by Sunday 7 November 2021.
Click on this box to answer questions about living with a disability and what could make life easier on the Northern Beaches.
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Click on this box to share a few words or images to describe your vision for an inclusive and accessible Northern Beaches.
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Click on this box for a fun and interactive way to start a conversation about living with a disability on the Northern Beaches.
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Click on this box for an easy guide to facilitating a workshop, meeting or discussion about inclusion and accessibility.
Northern beaches Council is developing our next Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP).
The new DIAP will outline what Council plans to do over the next four years to make sure people with disability feel included and can participate fully in their local community.
The DIAP will focus on four key areas:
We want to understand barriers and identify opportunities for improvement relating to each of these focus areas.
Our goal is to build on progress made with the implementation of the first DIAP 2017 and set priorities and actions to meet the diverse needs of people with a disability in our community.
We hope to have the draft DIAP 2022-2026 on public exhibition in March 2022 to gather community feedback to inform the final plan. The final DIAP will be presented to Council for endorsement by Council in June 2022.
More than 4 million people in Australia have a disability, or around 18% of the population.
On the Northern Beaches:
People living with disability are diverse – having different types and levels of disability, coming from a range of demographic and socioeconomic groups, and having varying needs for assistance.
Council is committed to providing accessible and inclusive services, infrastructure and opportunities for all people on the Northern Beaches. The recently adopted Better Together 2040 Social Sustainability Strategy provides the strategic direction for ensuring the community is safe, inclusive and connected for all.
In 2014, to help overcome some of the disadvantage that people with a disability face every day, the NSW Government introduced new legislation that requires all government agencies, including Councils, to produce a four-year Disability Inclusion Action Plan.
The DIAP is our opportunity to demonstrate Council’s commitment to going beyond compliance with the Disability Discrimination Act and begin to break down attitudinal, physical, communication and social barriers in the Northern Beaches community.
Council’s first Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) 2017-2021 had a total of 78 actions across the four focus areas.
Some notable actions include:
Building on the success of the previous DIAP, our goal for the future is to further embed accessibility and inclusion principles in Council culture and processes.
Inclusion means individuals with a disability have the opportunity to participate in every aspect of life to the fullest extent possible.
Accessibility means having places, spaces, items, information, services or events that are easily approached, reached, entered, exited from, interacted with, understood or otherwise used by a person with disability.
Yes. While the focus of the project is on people with disability on the Northern Beaches and what is important to them, people with caring responsibilities, service providers, all Northern Beaches residents and visitors are welcome to contribute their views.
Access and inclusion affects everyone over time, as we age, care for a relative or friend, or simply interact with diverse people in the community.
We are very keen to ensure that that the knowledge, skills and experience of service providers delivering services to people with disability in the Northern Beaches informs the Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2022-2026.
For this initial consultation, service providers can support their service users to complete the community survey or can use the consultation material provided to run sessions with their service users.
Workshops/meetings will be held after this initial consultation to further seek service provider views on the DIAP and to assist us in developing a clear picture of current service provision for people with disability on the Northern Beaches.
Timeline item 1 - active
Oct - Nov 2021: Community consultation
Timeline item 2 - incomplete
Dec 2021 - Jan 2022: Action planning
Timeline item 3 - incomplete
Mar - Apr 2022: Public exhibition of draft DIAP
Timeline item 4 - incomplete
Jun 2022: Report to Council for adoption of DIAP
If you have a question, need some assistance or want to learn more about this project, feel free to contact me:
|Name||Luca Chudleigh - Social Planner, Social Planning & Services|
|Phone||(02) 8495 5386|
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