Disability Rests With Community Attitudes

Disability Rests With Community Attitudes

Western Australia Minister for Disability Services Simon O’Brien

$400,000 Community Grants Program Boosts Participation

Victor P Taffa

Community Organisations and Local Governments are set to benefit from a $400,000 Grants Program which will increase the opportunities for people with Disability to participate in their Communities.

Disability Services Minister Simon O’Brien today announced the grants as part of Disability Awareness Week.

“Incorporated Community Groups and Local Governments from across the State can apply for up to $20,000 for the purchase of Equipment, Aids or Infrastructure Support to improve access and inclusion for people with Disability.” Mr. O’Brien said.

“Well planned and accessible communities help ensure people with disability have the same opportunities as others to use local facilities such as Parks, Pools or Libraries.”

“Improvements could be made through level paving, good signage, accessible parks, beach matting, pool hoists, playground equipment with soft fall surfaces, automatic doors and accessible toilet facilities – there are many opportunities.”

“Simple and relatively low-cost improvements at a grass roots level can make public and shared facilities in towns and suburbs easier to get to and use for everyone in the neighbourhood.” Mr. O’Brien said.

The Minister said creating environments that were usable and effective for everyone was vital to ensure West Australian communities were welcoming and accessible to all.

The Disability Services Commission is providing the grants as part of the Count Me In: Disability Future Directions 15-year vision where all people live in welcoming communities that facilitate citizenship, friendship, mutual support and a fair go for everyone.

The tender process opens on December 8 and grant applications must be submitted by the close of business on March 1.  Applications will be assessed by an independent evaluation panel.