Making a difference for people with disability
Bass Coast Shire Council’s Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee (AIAC) is calling on community members to have a say in the development of the Disability Action Plan 2016-2020 (DAP).
The AIAC is made up of community representatives with disabilities, people who have an understanding of disability or who care for someone with disability, disability service providers and Council staff.
This Committee is encouraging people with disability and carers to complete a survey to help develop the plan based on a broader understanding of the issues and needs of people with disability in Bass Coast.
Once adopted, it is hoped that the DAP will guide improvements in accessibility to services and facilities, raise awareness about carers and carer support needs, facilitate active participation in community life and ensure the design of programs support ‘access for all abilities’ principles.
AIAC Chair, Cr Clare Le Serve, said the Committee is hoping community input in the consultation for the Plan will inspire some innovative and award winning projects that will improve opportunities for people of all abilities in the community.
“The success of projects from the Disability Action Plan 2011-2015 has been outstanding and these projects have met the aims of the Plan by providing improved access for people of all abilities,” Cr Le Serve said.
“The Committee is also keen to involve businesses in the consultation and have developed a survey for our local businesses to complete, which will help identify the issues they are facing in improving access.”
The current Plan developed projects to improve social inclusion and showcase access for all.
The successful Ramp It Up event provided people of all abilities the opportunity to participate in a flash mob, art activities, and a range of other community opportunities. This event was a finalist in the Keep Victoria Beautiful Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards last year.
The Cowes Beach Festival was another example of a successful event that gave people of all abilities the opportunity to try a range of beach activities.
This event led to the expansion of the beach wheelchair program, which enables people with mobility needs to hire an all-terrain wheelchair to access beaches and trails across Bass Coast.
This program was also named finalist in the Beaches and Waterways category of the Keep Victoria Beautiful Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards 2015.
Information on community consultations and surveys is available online at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/dap or by contacting Council’s Team Leader Community Development, Kerri Ritchie, on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03)5671 2211.