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Celebrating Abilities event highlights resources for people with disability

By Blue Mountains City Council
Posted: 6 Apr 2024
‘Celebrating Abilities’ will promote inclusion for all and equal access. Pictured: Belinda Lavers, BMCC Access Advisory Committee, with son Joel Lavers.
Blue Mountains City Council is hosting an event called ‘Celebrating Abilities’,to highlight local supports available for people with disability.

The event, being held on Saturday 13 April, will promote inclusion for all and equal access. There will be news and updates about services and resources to enable people with disability to better access the Blue Mountains Local Government Area.

Blue Mountains Mayor, Cr. Mark Greenhill, said: “Council is committed to providing the framework and resources needed to make the Blue Mountains a more inclusive place to live and visit. This means working together as a community to remove barriers, increase accessibility and strive for inclusion in every aspect of life.

  • As part of our commitment to these goals, we will be sharing exciting new resources at this upcoming event to help enable both residents and visitors with disability to better explore and enjoy our wonderful part of the world.”

    The event will include:
  • A presentation from Nepean Therapy Dogs
  • An introduction to special needs soccer team the Blue Kangaroos
  • The sharing of a new disability survey
  • A presentation on theupdated Easy Read Disability Inclusion Access Plan (DIAP) for 2022-26
  • A preview of the online Blue Mountains Mobility Map

Blue Mountains Mobility Map is a new interactive map of our towns, which been created to assist people with mobility accessibility needs navigate the Blue Mountains and plan journeys. Using it is as easy as typing in the town you would like to visit or tagging a specific item from the menu. It shows things including accessible playgrounds, toilets, parking and walking trails. The preview will include an online demonstration.

The presentation from Nepean Therapy Dogs will focus on how therapy dogs can assist with everyday tasks.

An updated brochure for Master Locksmith Access Keys (MLAKs) will be available at the event. MLAKs allow people with disability to access public toilets that are normally locked after hours.

During the event, a new survey will also be available. Council is running the survey to learn more about the experiences and priorities of people with disability living in the Blue Mountains.

The survey is an opportunity to share your experiences living in the Blue Mountains and will provide Council with a better understanding of people with disability within the community and any barriers that they encounter in day-to-day life.

Celebrating Abilities will be held at Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub, Springwood on Saturday 13 April from 2 – 4pm. Light refreshments will be available and Auslan interpreters will be there on the day.

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