What is a Disability Inclusion Action Plan?
Each council needs to
determine how to best address the needs of people with disability in their
community. Under the NSW Disability Inclusion Act (2014), by July 2017 Councils
must have in place plans which outline the ways they are working to support
inclusion of people with disability.
Lake Macquarie City Council has had a Disability Action Plan in place since 2006. The new Disability Inclusion Plan 2017 - 2021 will be developed in accordance with NSW guidelines and focus on four key areas: attitudes and behaviours, liveable communities, employment, and systems and processes.
Who is the plan for?
The plan outlines to the
Council what work they are committing to over the next four years, and
shows the community what action they can expect to see from us.
What will the plan do?
Lake Macquarie City Council is committed to inclusion of people with disability, and to building a strong and equitable community. We want to find ways to make Lake Mac a better place live, work and play – creating a liveable city for all.
The Plan will identify what Council needs to do
to help people with disability feel and be more included in the community, and
be able to access the same services, facilities and opportunities as everybody
else. To get there, we need to hear from people with disability, carers and service providers about their experiences and ideas for change.
What is inclusion?
People with disability have
the same human rights as people without disability. Attitudes, practices, and
structures can create barriers to people with disability which can prevent them
from having the same economic participation and social inclusion as others.
inclusive society is about acceptance. It works to break down barriers, raise awareness and provide equal opportunities to everyone.