Breaking down the barriers for people with disabilities

Published on 08 June 2023

DAIP Community Reference Group member Andrew holds books in front of a plant wall at Tea Tree Gully Library

A group of unsung heroes is leading the charge to make our community more inclusive for people with disabilities.

With firsthand experience of the challenges faced by those living with disabilities, the group is helping guide our Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP) 2020–2024 for our City.

DAIP Community Reference Group members offer insights on how to make our community more comfortable for those with disabilities. This includes improving access and use of Council services, buildings, toilets, sports clubs and playgrounds.

“This committee embodies the soul of disability, and how we want to communicate with and live in society,” said committee member Andrew.

The group’s goal is to provide dignity, access, advocacy, independence and equal opportunity for people with disabilities, so they feel part of the wider community.

With the help of the DAIP group, 73% of the actions outlined in the plan have been achieved by Council over the past two years.

One of the most recent achievements of the DAIP is an inclusive playspace soon to open at Edinburgh Reserve, Modbury.

A fully accessible toilet facility is planned for Civic Park this year.

And the good news is that accessibility improvements – from automatic doors and taps to ramps for wheelchairs, prams, walkers and scooters – benefit everyone. Most accessibility upgrades occur when assets, such as parks, buildings, playgrounds and footpaths, are due for renewal.

Residents with a disability are welcome to visit a DAIP group meeting to see if they’d like to get further involved. Complete this form to register your interest.

See our Disability Access and Inclusion Plan

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