Town gives greater ac­cess to plan

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - News -

THE Town of Vic­to­ria Park has made its dis­abil­ity ac­cess and in­clu­sion plan (DAIP) 2017-2022 avail­able to more peo­ple af­ter pro­duc­ing braille and au­dio record­ings of the new doc­u­ment.

Bur­swood-based dis­abil­ity ser­vices provider VisA­bil­ity handed over copies of the plan in the new for­mats dur­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion on Jan­uary 18.

For­mer coun­cil­lor Keith Hayes, who lost his sight at a young age, was among the driv­ers of the DAIP.

He said it was im­por­tant for more peo­ple to be able to un­der­stand the plan.

“When you have some­thing read to you, you don’t pick up all the de­tail,” he said.

“It’s an im­por­tant doc­u­ment be­cause not only does it pro­vide an out­line for the coun­cil, it also ad­vo­cates on be­half of peo­ple liv­ing with a dis­abil­ity.” For­mer Vic­to­ria Park coun­cil­lor Keith Hayes, Mayor Trevor Vaughan and Visa­bil­ity chief De­bra Barnes with a braille copy of the dis­abil­ity ac­cess and in­clu­sion plan. d478427

VisA­bil­ity chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer De­bra Barnes said the coun­cil was pro­gres­sive for hav­ing the plan avail­able to more peo­ple.

“It’s ex­tremely im­por­tant for peo­ple liv­ing with a dis­abil­ity to have ac­cess to these types of doc­u­ments,” she said.

Mayor Trevor Vaughan said the coun­cil had the re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure that ev­ery­one in the com­mu­nity had the same ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion.

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