Yass Valley commits to a Disability Inclusion Action Plan

Yass Valley has made a commitment to a Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) 2017 -2020 with Council endorsing a draft Plan, now available for public comment. 

Mayor Rowena Abbey with local resident Hamish Bird at the recent opening of an all-abilities playground in Yass.
“Yass Valley embraces the inclusion of people with a disability, in all aspects of community life,” said Mayor, Rowena Abbey. “Our disability inclusion action planning is about supporting the basic right of choice for people living with disability in our community. People with disability have the same right as the rest of us to choose how to live, work and enjoy community life.”
At Council’s July meeting it was resolved that the draft Plan be placed on public exhibition, with community members invited to review the plan and make submissions.
The draft Plan identifies four key focus areas of primary importance to people living with a disability. 
• Developing positive community attitudes and behaviours.
• Creating liveable communities.
• Supporting access to meaningful employment.
• Improving access to services through better systems and processes.
“This Plan demonstrates Council’s commitment to improve the quality of our services, facilities, systems and programs over a three year period,” continued Mayor Abbey. “I would like to thank the community members, service providers and staff who participated in the consultation process that has helped shape this Plan.”
It is a legislative requirement for all council’s in NSW to have a Disability Inclusion Action Plan, which aims to remove barriers and enable people with disability to participate equally in their community. Once adopted by Yass Valley Council the DIAP is required to be submitted to the NSW Disability Council and the Minister for Disability Services.
Yass Valley’s DIAP will be on exhibition until 5.00pm Monday 28th August 2017.  To make a submission please visit: http://www.yassvalley.nsw.gov.au/council/exhibition