Active Ageing and Disability Inclusion Strategy and Action Plan 2017 – 2021
This strategy identifies the steps the Shire and its communities’ need to take and are taking to support ageing in-place and the inclusion of people with a disability. In doing so it also considers how the local economy, the amenity of our communities can be sustained and ‘add’ to all residents and visitors quality of life, health, and sense of inclusion in their local community.
This Strategy was initially developed by the Berrigan Shire Council as its Liveability and Healthy Ageing Strategy 2013 – 2017 and its initial development was informed by the experience and knowledge of a Reference Group comprising representatives from local service providers, health services, business, education and neighbouring Shires. Reviewed and updated (2017) to reflect the view of younger people with a disability and their carers and it is also informed by a survey of service providers conducted 2015 and data collated from local services, and a desk top review of local and regional data re: prevalence of disabilities.
The New South Wales Disability Inclusion Act 2014 defines disability as:
the long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairment which in interaction with various barriers may hinder the full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others
This Strategy reflects contemporary approaches toward disability, ageing, diversity and inclusion. It outlines how disability, active ageing, diversity and inclusion will be promoted by the Council through a focus on:
- Changing community and workplace attitudes and behaviours;
- Enhancing the liveability of our communities: represented by the built environment;
- Promotion of diversity, access to employment and inclusion for disabled and older workers; and
- The development of systems and processes that enable and promote inclusion of older residents (65+ years), their carers and younger people (0 – 65 years) with a disability.
An accessible version of this strategy is available. The full strategy and its appendices is also available see links the below
Accessible Berrigan Shire Council Active Ageing and Disabilty Inclusion Plan
Berrigan Shire Council Active Ageing and Disabilty Inclusion Action Plan