The Plan focusses on responding to priority issues, which Council can play a role in and looks at advocacy where possible for issues that Council may be in a position to influence.
The Plan adopts a whole-of-Council approach focused on building a community that is accessible and inclusive to people of all-abilities. A community where all people can feel welcomed, supported and connected, and which values the diverse needs of its community members.
The following are our achievements against The Plan throughout 2018–2019.
01 - Promote inclusion and participation
- An accessible events checklist has been developed, and distributed widely across Council and community group to assist in staging events and activities that are accessible to all.
- Strong partnerships were developed with local disability service providers, including Mariott Support Services, Scope, Yooralla and Jewish Care.
- Five accessible sensory friendly movies shown for people with Autism.
- Auslan Storytime monthly sessions at Bentleigh Library.
- Ongoing engagement with disability employment organisations to promote people with disabilities into the workforce.
- Engagement of people with disabilities in Council programs as volunteers at events and presenters in the Disability Awareness in Schools Program.
- Partnership with Mariott Support Services by employing an Inclusion Officer at Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre (GESAC).
- GESAC run seven classes each week for people with disabilities including Swim School Unlimited, Hot Wheels and Wheelie Fit. GESAC run 50 assisted sessions per week. Basketball Unlimited runs weekly and has 60 participants. GESAC run free seminars on mental health issues in partnership with MIND.
02 - Increase awareness and help shape community attitudes
- Annual celebration of International Day of People with Disabilities involving a Come and Try Day at Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre.
- Continuing the YouMeUs Program — promoting inclusion and awareness for Glen Eira employees.
- Expanded and increased the Disability Awareness in Schools Program to engage with four primary schools and one secondary college, totally 11 presentations and over 500 students. This leads to promoting awareness and inclusion for people with a disability using presenters with lived disability experience.
- Partnered with Carer Victoria to present three NDIS information sessions attended by 13 carers of people with a disability.
- Promotion of Stuck on you — a local art project connecting people with a disability and their community.
- Promotion of Access Inc café and grand opening of pop up café, which supports employment of people with a disability in the food and beverage industry.
03 - Create accessible places, spaces and services
- Staff promoted and trained in the use of the National Relay Service.
- Disability Services Directory updated and accessible via website.
- Processes put in place to ensure building work meet DDA standards.
- Accessibility audit of Centre Road Bentleigh, providing actions for Council to improve accessibility in the precinct.
- Buildings and properties staff trained in understanding disability legislation and standards.
- Mobility map of the municipality developed, updated in an accessible format and posted for community members on Council’s website.
- The Companion Card Scheme promoted on Council’s website, in Glen Eira News and on events brochures.
- Home library services, delivering books and DVDs to 150 residents with a disability.
- Large print keyboards installed in library PCs.
- Range of materials offered in large print, dyslexia friendly, alternative formats, including audio and electronic.
04 - Enhance opportunities for participation in civic life
- Facilitation of Glen Eira Disability Reference Committee meeting six times a year.
- Community Safety Plan included for people with disabilities.
- Work experience program commenced supporting young people with disabilities to experience work within the library.
- Chat n Chuckle — ABI support group run fortnightly from local neighbourhood house 20 times per year.
- Network and discussion with people with disabilities living in SRS and rooming house accommodation on NDIS pathway processes.
- Community engagement to determine what Council’s investment in disability planning, advocacy and support should look like and how to strengthen the disability support within the community.