Living with Disability

We are committed to creating an inclusive community and so we work to ensure all members of the community can access services, facilities, programs and events regardless of ability, age or circumstance. As part of this work we continually engage with the disability sector, service providers and government agencies to continually improve disability access and advocacy across the community.

Disability and Access

We know the importance of creating an inclusive environment that enables people living with disability to participate fully in daily life as active members of the community. It is estimated up to 18% of the Bayside population requires some type of assistance to go about their day to day lives.

To raise a concern about access in the community contact Council on 1800 581 299. 

Planning for Inclusion

Council is committed to building an inclusive and welcoming community for all. 

Our draft Inclusion Action Plan 2022-2026 details the actions Council will take over the next four years to improve the way people with disability access services and participate in community life.

The draft Plan has been developed following a review of Council’s previous Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017-2021 and engagement with people with lived experience of disability and industry stakeholders. 

To find out how we consulted with the community and what we heard, view the Community Engagement Report.

Now we want to hear your thoughts on the draft Inclusion Action Plan (Disability) 2022 - 2026.

Submissions close Friday 18 March 2022.

To speak to us about the draft Inclusion Action Plan, call Council on 1800 581 299 and ask to speak to the Community Capacity Building Team.

International Day of People with Disability

We are in the process of reviewing our Disability Inclusion Action Plan.

In recognition of International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD), we held an online talk to learn about the key achievements of the last Plan and find out how you can help shape the new plan.

International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is a United Nations observed day aimed at increasing public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability.

We support this event annually by acknowledging and celebrating the contributions and achievements of people with disability in the community and by promoting inclusive attitudes and behaviours.

 

Community Services

Community organisations can help you find and access local support services as well as mainstream health, education and recreation programs. The following contacts will help you find information about local services.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides support for Australians with disability, their families and carers.

The NDIS provides people under the age of 65 who have been born with or acquire a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to live the life of their choice.

An insurance scheme, the NDIS takes a lifetime approach and so invests in people with disability early to improve their outcomes later in life.

Ability Links 

Ability Links NSW Coordinators work closely with people with disability, their families and carers to support them to fulfil their goals, hopes and dreams.

In the Ability Links Program you remain at the centre of decision-making about how you choose to lead your life. Whether your goals include participating in sport, education, volunteering and or other activities, it's your life, your choices.

Linkers have strong local knowledge and work alongside community groups and services, supporting them to be as welcoming and inclusive as possible.

Linkers can help you:

  • find ways to play a bigger part in your local community
  • set goals and plan for your future
  • build confidence to achieve your dreams
  • develop your existing support networks and create new ones.

For more information about local disability services contact Council's Aged and Disability Specialist 9366 3679.

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Living with Disability