Services for people with disabilities
Council works with Disability Support Services in promoting an awareness of the needs of people with disabilities.
Council promotes and facilitates improved access to buildings, public places and services. Council also convenes the Eastern Sydney Aged Disability Services Interagency.
Disability Inclusion Action Plan
Council’s Draft Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) was on display for public comment from Monday 1 August until 5pm Monday 29 August 2022 and outlined how Council will maintain and improve access and inclusion for people with a disability.
Consultation has concluded. Read the consultation outcomes report here. The final Disability Inclusion Action Plan will be reported to Council in December 2022 for adoption.
The Disability Inclusion Action Plan aims to create easier, more welcoming ways to participate in community life.
“Randwick Council is committed to making our city more inclusive and welcoming of people with visible and invisible disabilities,” said Randwick Mayor Dylan Parker.
“From discussions that we’ve had with community groups and members with lived experience, we know that people with a disability can often be excluded from participating fully in community life due to a range of barriers. These are not just physical barriers but also ones of attitudes and understanding within the community or operational barriers that prevent them from accessing information.
“Our goal is to ensure that everyone can, and feels empowered to, participate fully in community life. Our action plan has set out the ways that we, as Council, can smooth the way and make a real, tangible difference to people’s experience of being part of the Randwick and surrounding communities.”
The DIAP has been developed in partnership with Waverley Council, recognising that residents access services and facilities beyond LGA borders. Between October 2021 and February 2022, Randwick Council and Waverley Council consulted with the community to help develop the Disability Inclusion Action Plans.
The DIAP identifies four key focus areas:
- Inclusive attitudes and behaviours: The attitudes and behaviours of the general community towards people with disability continue to be a significant barrier to their sense of inclusion.
- Liveable communities: People with disability want to feel part of the community and have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in community life.
- Employment: Meaningful employment and all the associated benefits of income, skills recognition, social interaction, and feelings of self-worth remain an important goal for most people.
- Engagement and systems: Early consideration of people’s needs can make a huge difference to how people can engage with us, or are empowered to successfully navigate systems and pathways.
People with a disability often face many barriers preventing them from participating fully in community life. Deputy Mayor Kym Chapple spoke to Scott Green who is a Lifesaver with muscular dystrophy at Coogee Surf Lifesaving Club and with Tony Waller, who created Project Libertas, the program that trains people with disabilities to become lifesavers.