|29 January 2019
An online survey has been developed to help Wattle Range Council better understand the challenges faced by its residents and visitors who live with disability.
Council is in the process of drafting a Disability Access and Inclusion Plan, designed to focus the efforts of Council, staff and the community towards achieving a truly inclusive environment for all residents and visitors.
In March 2012, the SA Government endorsed the introduction of Disability Access and Inclusion Plans (DAIPs) across all levels of government.
Consulting firm EnvironArc have been engaged to assist with the development of the Council plan. Legally blind through Multiple Sclerosis, Managing Director of EnvironArc Mike Galea, has considerable experience working with Councils to design such plans.
As part of the consultation phase of this project, EnvironArc together with Wattle Range Council have developed a survey in the hope that relevant stakeholders, including people with a disability, those supporting people with disability, and those working in the disability sector can provide feedback and ideas on what they would like to see included in the Disability Access and Inclusion Plan.
In 2015 it was reported that over one in five people in South Australia reported having a disability. Of these, nearly 87.5% had a specific limitation or restriction that meant they were limited in the core activities of self-care, mobility or communication, or restricted in schooling or employment.
ABS findings indicate that in SA, there were 242,400 people providing informal assistance to people with disability (14.7% of population). Of these, 74,800 people identified themselves as being primary carers (4.5% of the population).
On completion, the Wattle Range Council Disability Access and Inclusion Plan will provide Council with clear strategies to support people with disability in accessing its built environs, events and facilities, as well as ensuring access to information and communications; eliminating discrimination and ensuring equality and acceptance of all within the community.
Wattle Range Council Mayor, Des Noll encourages all members of the community to complete the survey. “It is important that we obtain feedback at the beginning of this project so we can design a Disability Access and Inclusion Plan that will assist Council in the goal of achieving a truly inclusive environment for all residents and visitors” Mayor Noll said.
The survey will be available online through Council’s Facebook page and on the Council website at www.wattlerange.sa.gov.au/haveyoursay from this week. Submissions will close on Friday, February 22. Hard copies are also available from all of Council’s offices.
For further information please contact:
Steve Chapple, Director Development Services
Telephone: (08) 8733 0900