Community workshops across Perth to focus on future of disability and inclusion in WA

The State Disability Plan aims to change the conversation around disability. Symerien (3), pictured with her foster mother Sharyn, has high level disability-related support needs.
The State Disability Plan aims to change the conversation around disability. Symerien (3), pictured with her foster mother Sharyn, has high level disability-related support needs.

THE future of disability and inclusion in WA is the focus of four community consultation workshops planned over the next fortnight.

The Department of Communities is planning to hold workshops in Middle Swan on March 6, Perth on March 7, Joondalup on March 11 and Mirrabooka on March 13.

The department is encouraging community members to attend and provide input into the development of the 10-year State Disability Plan, announced by Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson in November.

“This plan will drive more inclusive communities and underpin State Government initiatives that support and empower people with disability,” assistant director general Helen Nys said.

“We need the community to work alongside the WA Government to help create change and provide opportunity for people with disability.

“This consultation goes beyond the National Disability Insurance Scheme and focuses more broadly on how people with disability can participate fully in all aspects of society, as well as the shared responsibility that we all have to foster inclusive communities.

“The aim of the State Disability Plan is to change the conversation around disability and we invite all of WA to be part of the process.”

Preliminary online consultation has already gathered input for a state-wide vision for the plan and the next stage of consultation is a series of metropolitan and regional workshops.

These sessions will focus on defining the values of the State Disability Plan as well as the attitudes and behaviours that will support better inclusion for people with disability.

Visit www.communities.wa.gov.au/state-disability-plan for more information.

Workshops

March 6: 4.30pm at Rise – Helen’s Place, 12 Leslie Road, Middle Swan.

March 7: 10am at National Disability Services WA, 12 Lindsay Street, Perth.

March 11: 5.30pm at Joondalup Library, 102 Boas Avenue, Joondalup.

March 13: 10am at Herb Graham Recreation Centre, 38 Ashbury Crescent, Mirrabooka.

Register: http://state-disability-plan.eventbrite.com.au