Key initiatives include:
Disability Inclusion Grants (DIGs)
The Disability Inclusion Grants are for community groups, not-for-profit organisations and small businesses to make changes to improve inclusion for people with disability.
The Companion Card Program enables people with disability who require life-long attendant care support from a companion to attend participating venues or activities without incurring the cost of a second ticket for their companion.
Disability Action and Inclusion Plans (DAIPs)
A Disability Action and Inclusion Plan is an organisation's framework and commitment to making its facilities, products and services more accessible and responsive to people with disability.
Connections in the community
There are a range of ways to find and join Canberra's vibrant groups and clubs and build social connections around common interests - whether sporting, cultural, recreational or another form of community participation
The ACT Government Assistance website aims to make it easy for you to find out what assistance and advice you might be eligible for by putting this information in one place and in an easily understood way.
International Day of People with Disability (I-Day) Grants
I-Day Grants provide the opportunity for individuals and community organisations to apply for financial support, in the form of a once-only grant to assist in a program or event for the International Day of People with Disability (I-Day).
Bus fleet accessibility improvement plan
Most of the Canberra bus fleet offers easy access as well as services for hearing, vision and mobility impaired users. Transport Canberra is working towards making all buses wheelchair accessible by 2022.
The community bus services are operated by ACT's Regional Community Services and provide flexible transport options for ACT residents.
A flexible bus service operates in particular zones to help Canberra residents, such as the aged or people with a mobility difficulty, to get from their home to local community locations.
ACT Taxi Subsidy Scheme (TSS)
The ACT Taxi Subsidy Scheme (TSS) provides financial assistance to ACT residents with a disability or significant mobility restriction preventing them using public and community transport.
An Australian disability parking permit may be issued to a person with disability (or organisations that provide transport for people who meet the eligibility) through Access Canberra.
Disability Confidence Canberra
This Information Handbook Manual and Checklist can assist employers who want to be more inclusive and accessible for people who are ageing or have disability.
Chief Minister's Inclusion Awards
The CMIAs provide acknowledgement of the outstanding achievements of businesses, organisations and individuals who have demonstrated excellence and innovation in inclusion and access.
Inclusive arts and performance
The ACT Government supports access to the arts for all Canberrans and works closely with the arts and disability sectors to increase the cultural participation of people living with a disability.
Inclusive sport and fitness
The development of inclusive practices in sport and recreation provide individuals, organisations and the community with a number of benefits including higher levels of independence, greater social cohesion and overall enrichment of our community.
The Future Is Inclusive podcast
We all want to be an ally for people with disability. But we don’t always know how. By listening to the perspectives of people with disability, this ten-part series gives insiders’ perspectives and advice to allies on how to “tool up” and make the world a richer and better place through supporting inclusion and improving access.
The ACT Office for Disability delivers a bi-monthly eNewsletter called INVOLVED
Interesting resources - from the ACT and elsewhere:
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