Melville reviews disability inclusion plan

Melville reviews disability inclusion plan

WITH one in five Melville residents living with a disability, the City is reviewing its Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP) to set a new five-year strategic direction.

The City extends its DAIP to consider wider access and inclusion issues faced by the general community, including accessibility for young families and older residents or inclusion barriers for people with diverse cultural heritage including where English is a second language.

Melville Mayor Russel Aubrey said the review of the City’s DAIP was part of an ongoing commitment ensure everyone could enjoy an accessible, inclusive Melville.

“Approximately 20 per cent of our resident population have a disability and it is important all residents and people who live, work and play at the City, have equal access and inclusion to the City’s more than 200 products, services and facilities and be involved with engagement opportunities,” he said.

“We want to have a conversation with all of our community but particularly with people living with disability, carers and family members.

“The survey and workshops are a great way for participants to help us identify access and inclusion barriers and suggest potential strategies to be incorporated in the new plan.”

DAIP 2017-2022 will build upon the work already achieved in earlier plans including improving physical access, developing inclusive programs and providing alternative communication formats.

Outcomes from DAIP strategies have included providing AUSLAN interpretation at City events, universal access features for play parks, and accessible toilet upgrades.

To complete the survey or register for a workshop visit www.melvilletalks.com.au/reviewDAIP.

Free access to the internet and assistance completing the survey is available at all City of Melville libraries and community Centres.

The survey closes on March 31.

PIC CAP: The City of Melville is updating its Disability Access and Inclusion Plan.

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