Get involved in making Canberra inclusive and accessible for all

 

A Public Health Emergency exists in the ACT as a response to the current

COVID-19 health emergency

 

Comprehensive information for all matters related to COVID-19, including the latest news from the ACT Health Directorate 

is available on the ACT Government COVID-19 website

 

A range of ACT and Australian Government COVID-19 resources and information, including information specifically for people with disability, carers and providers is available on our COVID-19 page

 

The ACT Government has developed a COVID-19 Disability Strategy to ensure that people with disability, their families, carers and the disability sector are supported through the COVID-19 health emergency and during the post-emergency transition. Further information can be found on our COVID-19 Disability Strategy page, including information about an Action Plan outlining the measures and supports that are available to people with disability and their supporters

 

The INVOLVED website puts you in touch with activities happening to create a more inclusive community for all people. 

 

On this website you can find out more about Inclusive and accessible communities; Rights protection, justice and legislation; Housing; Personal and community support; Learning and skills; Health and wellbeing; Employment and volunteering; and Transport

 

In the What's On section, read the latest News and learn about or submit events focused on disability inclusion, happening in the Canberra region. 

 

In the Our Foundations section, find out more about how the ACT Government Office for Disability and allies across government, business and community are supporting inclusion to happen.  

 

 Nominations for the 2022 Chief Minister’s Inclusion Awards are now open!

 

Do you know a champion of disability inclusion in your workplace, school or community? If so, nominate them today. Both people and organisations can be nominated.

 

There are 13 awards across 4 categories available to submit a nomination for and the Chief Minister’s Award for Excellence is selected from the winners of the 13 awards.

 

To view the categories and awards visit the Community Services Directorate website or go straight to the online SmartyGrants nomination form.

 

Stories of Inclusion across Canberra

Given the impacts of the COVID-19 Health Emergency, the 2021 Chief Minister’s Inclusion Awards was unable to be held.

However, we have done something different to celebrate the inclusion, support and engagement of people with disability over the last year.

We have released of a series of videos, each with a specific theme  which align with Inclusion Awards categories and highlight great examples of progress made towards better inclusion in our community.

The videos focus on celebrating the good and positive stories which have emerged since the beginning of the COVID-19 Health Emergency. Celebrating inclusion in our community rather than awarding individuals and organisations.

The Chief Minister’s message and the Inclusion and Employment video were released on I-Day and the Inclusion in Housing looks at how easy it can be to create livable housing. 

The Inclusion in Government Health Services video highlights the establishment of the Access and Sensory Vaccination Clinic in Canberra.

The Inclusion in Business video looks at how businesses in Canberra have risen to the challenge during the pandemic to provide inclusive access and services like working from home technology, contactless delivery, and telehealth appointments.

There's a video highlighting Canberra justice organisations who are working to ensure their services are inclusive and accessible so people with disability have equal access to justice.

Plus a video highlighting disability providers, carers and support workers who supported vulnerable members of the ACT community during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially the lockdown in the second half of last year.

And finally there's a beautiful tribute to the late Sue Salthouse.

 

To celebrate and acknowledge the individuals, organisations and businesses nominated in 2021, a series of social media posts have been released via Involved FaceBook.

The posts highlight the achievements of people who were nominated and their stories have been collated here on the Involved website.

We hope you enjoy these stories of inclusion happening across Canberra.