Western Australia Minister for Disability Services Simon O’Brien
Developers And Planners Encouraged To Create Innovative Disability Solutions
Victor P Taffa
Developers and Urban Planners are among building industry members encouraged to take part in a new award designed to improve access and inclusion for people with disability.
Disability Services Minister Simon O’Brien said the award would focus on well-planned and accessible community design, including universally-designed housing.
“The award was established as part of the Disability Services Commission’s Count Me In: Disability Future Directions strategy, dedicated to creating welcoming and accessible communities for all citizens.” Mr. O’Brien said.
“The Disability Future Directions Award in 2010 will recognise best practice and innovation through buildings, products and environments, useable and effective for all.”
“Outstanding and sustainable long-term initiatives of this nature are vital if all West Australians are to live with security and ease.”
The Disability Future Directions Award is one of seven categories in the 2010 Count Me In Awards.
The categories recognise the achievements of:
- State and Local Governments;
- Education and training organisations;
- Developers, Planners and Architects for projects or initiatives creating more welcoming communities for people with Disability.
Nominations close 5 pm on Friday, October 1, 2010 and the awards will be presented on December 3, 2010, the International Day of People with Disability, as part of Disability Awareness Week.