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Taking the 'dis' out of disability The City of Canterbury Bankstown has implemented 18 of the 23 first-year actions listed in its Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP), as it continues efforts to create a more accessible and inclusive City. No  

The City of Canterbury Bankstown has implemented 18 of the 23 first-year actions listed in its Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP), as it continues efforts to create a more accessible and inclusive City.

The DIAP sets out practical steps Council needs to take to promote equal rights and improve opportunities for all residents with disability. The first year actions completed include:

  • Council’s partnership with Settlement Services International to host the Canterbury-Bankstown Business Brunch, which explored ways to grow business diversity through inclusive practices and hiring;
  • Council’s hosting of two International Day of People with Disability events, which celebrated and empowered people with disability;
  • Council’s hosting of an Activate Inclusion Sports Day, which enabled 300 children with disability to play modified sports;
  • Sing and Grown, an inclusive child-focused event which helped parents support their child’s development through music therapy; and
  • Council’s hosting of road safety education training for parents/carers of children with autism.

Mayor, Khal Asfour, said completing actions in the DIAP is an important step towards achieving inclusion and equal rights for all residents.

"More than four million people nation-wide have some form of disability – that’s one in five. They are our children, parents, friends and neighbours," Mayor Asfour said.

"Whether it is a park, footpath, pool, event or facility, or the way we interact with people with disability, we’re working to empower all our residents."

Other events scheduled to be hosted by the City of Canterbury Bankstown include:

  • Auslan training for all Council staff members, to improve communication between employees and residents with hearing impairments; and
  • The Canterbury-Bankstown Business Advisory Service’s Direct Employment presentation at its February 2018 networking event. This will shed light on employing people with disability.

Another way Council is enacting the DIAP is through its support of the South West Disability Expo, the largest expo dedicated to providing residents quality face-to-face time with service providers, government agencies and advocacy groups.

Taking place at the Whitlam Leisure Centre in Liverpool on 8 and 9 December, the Expo will include more than 120 exhibitors, demonstrations, guest speakers, performances and entertainment, with Australian comedian, Tim Ferguson, hosting the free event.

Mayor Asfour said the Expo answers a need in the community, especially with the National Disability Insurance Scheme now being rolled out across the State.

"It’s important for our community to know what products and services are available to them," he said.

"We’re proud to support an event that connects people with disability, and those caring for them, to opportunities and different types of support."

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 6/12/2017 1:36 PM