People with Disabilities – Access and Inclusion Policy review

Consultation has concluded

Update: 11/12/2019

On the 10th December Council endorsed recommendations outlined in a report compiled by independent consultants, Inclusion Solutions, to improve access and inclusion for those living with a disability and other marginalised groups in Canning.

Endorsement authorises Canning’s Chief Executive Officer, Arthur Kyron, to implement all recommendations contained within the report including (but not limited to):

the formation of an Access and Inclusion Advisory Group

the co-design (with the Advisory Group) of a new Access and Inclusion Policy

  • the development of management practices and guidelines, providing guidance on best practice, and containing additional detail related to the implementation of policy objectives.

The report submitted to Council was the result of community consultation undertaken by Inclusion Solutions, who adopted multiple ways for community members to provide feedback, including a community survey, individual interviews and small focus group sessions. The consultation process was intentionally broad to gain a fuller understanding of the access and inclusion issues that Canning residents face.

The endorsement is the result of a Notice of Motion moved by Councillor Holland at the May 2019 Ordinary Council Meeting (OCM) in which Council resolved to undertake a review of Policy CS408 – People with Disabilities – Access and Inclusion.

The City of Canning will host a community information session in the New Year to provide an opportunity for Inclusion Solutions to present the findings and recommendations of the review. An expression of interest process will be launched in 2020 calling for nominations for the Access and Inclusion Advisory Group.

Access to the full report and findings can be found at www.canning.wa.gov.au/dai

For more information on how you can get involved please contact the City’s Disability Access & Social Inclusion Officer – Leesa Miller on leesa.miller@canning.wa.gov.au or 94582353.

Original

The City of Canning is reviewing its current ‘People with disabilities – Access and Inclusion’ Policy, which was last revised in 2009. As part of the review the City wishes to engage with people living within the local government area, particularly people living with disabilities, people who care for people living with disabilities as well as people who identify as:

• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
• Culturally and Linguistically Diverse
• LGBTQIA+.

Whilst the scope of the consultation for the review of the Policy will be focused on people with disabilities, the consultation also includes people with the above marginalised identities . The reasons for this are as follows:

  • There are a range of access and inclusion issues that residents face that may be due to factors other than disability i.e. proficiency in English, cultural factors.
  • The access and inclusion barriers experienced by people with disabilities are further compounded if they have intersecting identities (i.e. people with disabilities who are also Aboriginal, LGBTIQ+ or Culturally and Linguistically Diverse).
  • In order to optimise access and inclusion outcomes for people with disabilities it is important that we understand the barriers that are related to other aspects of identity. Just as the range of disabilities within the community is diverse, so are the backgrounds and identities of the people living with those disabilities.
  • Through taking a more holistic approach, we will have a better understanding of the breadth of access and inclusion issues experienced, which will result in better provisions for access and inclusion outside of just physical access requirements.
  • This approach will also benefit other Canning residents living without disability, who will benefit from improved processes/practices that address barriers such as language access and these issues may be addressed through further policy initiatives.

Inclusion Solutions, on behalf of the City of Canning, will be interviewing people in the City of Canning and running focus groups to explore the current policy and seek feedback in order to co-design recommendations for the future. Inclusion Solutions is a not-for-profit organisation that works with over 650 clubs, 30 State Sporting Associations and 60 WA Local Government Authorities to help make communities inclusive and more welcoming of people with disabilities, and people who are under-represented in the community.

To complete the survey, please visit https://tinyurl.com/canningsurvey and share as much information as you feel comfortable.

If you are interested in taking part in a focus group, or if you would like to provide more detailed feedback please email Jennifer at consultant@inclusionsolutions.org.au

Update: 11/12/2019

On the 10th December Council endorsed recommendations outlined in a report compiled by independent consultants, Inclusion Solutions, to improve access and inclusion for those living with a disability and other marginalised groups in Canning.

Endorsement authorises Canning’s Chief Executive Officer, Arthur Kyron, to implement all recommendations contained within the report including (but not limited to):

the formation of an Access and Inclusion Advisory Group

the co-design (with the Advisory Group) of a new Access and Inclusion Policy

  • the development of management practices and guidelines, providing guidance on best practice, and containing additional detail related to the implementation of policy objectives.

The report submitted to Council was the result of community consultation undertaken by Inclusion Solutions, who adopted multiple ways for community members to provide feedback, including a community survey, individual interviews and small focus group sessions. The consultation process was intentionally broad to gain a fuller understanding of the access and inclusion issues that Canning residents face.

The endorsement is the result of a Notice of Motion moved by Councillor Holland at the May 2019 Ordinary Council Meeting (OCM) in which Council resolved to undertake a review of Policy CS408 – People with Disabilities – Access and Inclusion.

The City of Canning will host a community information session in the New Year to provide an opportunity for Inclusion Solutions to present the findings and recommendations of the review. An expression of interest process will be launched in 2020 calling for nominations for the Access and Inclusion Advisory Group.

Access to the full report and findings can be found at www.canning.wa.gov.au/dai

For more information on how you can get involved please contact the City’s Disability Access & Social Inclusion Officer – Leesa Miller on leesa.miller@canning.wa.gov.au or 94582353.

Original

The City of Canning is reviewing its current ‘People with disabilities – Access and Inclusion’ Policy, which was last revised in 2009. As part of the review the City wishes to engage with people living within the local government area, particularly people living with disabilities, people who care for people living with disabilities as well as people who identify as:

• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
• Culturally and Linguistically Diverse
• LGBTQIA+.

Whilst the scope of the consultation for the review of the Policy will be focused on people with disabilities, the consultation also includes people with the above marginalised identities . The reasons for this are as follows:

  • There are a range of access and inclusion issues that residents face that may be due to factors other than disability i.e. proficiency in English, cultural factors.
  • The access and inclusion barriers experienced by people with disabilities are further compounded if they have intersecting identities (i.e. people with disabilities who are also Aboriginal, LGBTIQ+ or Culturally and Linguistically Diverse).
  • In order to optimise access and inclusion outcomes for people with disabilities it is important that we understand the barriers that are related to other aspects of identity. Just as the range of disabilities within the community is diverse, so are the backgrounds and identities of the people living with those disabilities.
  • Through taking a more holistic approach, we will have a better understanding of the breadth of access and inclusion issues experienced, which will result in better provisions for access and inclusion outside of just physical access requirements.
  • This approach will also benefit other Canning residents living without disability, who will benefit from improved processes/practices that address barriers such as language access and these issues may be addressed through further policy initiatives.

Inclusion Solutions, on behalf of the City of Canning, will be interviewing people in the City of Canning and running focus groups to explore the current policy and seek feedback in order to co-design recommendations for the future. Inclusion Solutions is a not-for-profit organisation that works with over 650 clubs, 30 State Sporting Associations and 60 WA Local Government Authorities to help make communities inclusive and more welcoming of people with disabilities, and people who are under-represented in the community.

To complete the survey, please visit https://tinyurl.com/canningsurvey and share as much information as you feel comfortable.

If you are interested in taking part in a focus group, or if you would like to provide more detailed feedback please email Jennifer at consultant@inclusionsolutions.org.au