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Recognising and empowering people with a disability

3 February 2016

Council has unanimously endorsed 19 new measures – including advocacy for liveable housing design – to ensure that people with a disability have equal access to economic and social opportunities.  

Developed in close consultation with Yarra’s Disability Advisory Group, the new measures will be rolled out during the third and fourth year of Council’s Access and Inclusion Plan 2013-17.

Among the endorsed actions are:

  • disability awareness training for Council staff, including recruitment and selection processes for applicants with a disability.
  • establishment of two paid internships for tertiary students with a disability in conjunction with the Australian Network on Disability.
  • advocacy for liveable housing design.
  • implementation of guidelines to ensure that community festivals consider access for people with a disability.

The full list of new actions is now available for downloading.

In adopting the actions for the third and fourth years of the plan, Council also noted a range of actions undertaken in the first and second years, including:

  • construction of a toilet facility with ceiling hoist and adult adjustable changing bench in the design of the North Fitzroy Community Hub.
  • enhancement of seven disability access parking bays in shopping strips in Collingwood, Fitzroy and Richmond, to improve safety and compliance with the Disability Discrimination Act.
  • provision of Auslan interpreters for selected performances at the Village Festival in Edinburgh Gardens.
  • consideration of access and inclusion criteria in building and construction tender evaluations.

The Access and Inclusion Plan continues to underpin Council’s efforts to significantly exceed minimum standards when it comes to recognition, opportunity, engagement and inclusiveness of people with a disability.

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