Disability Services

Greater Hume Disability Inclusion Action Plan

Greater Hume Council is committed to disability inclusion and access to build a strong and equitable community. Greater Hume Council supports the fundamental right of people with disability to choose how they live their lives, to access opportunities and enjoy the benefits of living and working in our society as all residents do. This belief underpins disability inclusion planning in the NSW Local Government sector and the objective to ensure that local services, facilities and programs provided by councils are inclusive. As part of this Greater Hume Council has developed a Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP). Extensive engagement with people with a disability, their carers, family and friends as well as Council staff has been undertaken to inform this important plan. Actions from the plan will directly inform Council’s Community Strategic Plan ensuring accountability and reporting of the measures that will flow to the Delivery and Operational plans.

Disability Inclusion and Access Reference Groups

Between January and March 2018, locality based Disability Inclusion and Access Reference Groups were established in Jindera, Holbrook, Culcairn and Henty to ensure Greater Hume Council is aware of the issues which affect people with disabilities and their carers living in the Shire. The Reference Groups also provide advice on ways in which Council can be a more inclusive community for people with disabilities. Members of the Reference Groups will draw on their own experience and their broader engagement with people with disability, as well as their carers and service providers, to provide that advice to Council.

Download a copy of Greater Hume's Disability Inclusion Plan here or pick up a copy from one of our Customer Service Centre's.

For more information on the Disability Inclusion and Access Plan and reference groups contact Greater Hume Council on T: 02 6036 0100

NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is an independent statutory agency. Our role is to implement the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), which will support a better life for hundreds of thousands of Australians with a significant and permanent disability and their families and carers. The NDIS will mean peace of mind for every Australian - for anyone who has, or might acquire, a disability. Our priority is to ensure people with disability continue to get the support they need. The changes that are required to existing disability support systems are significant. Arrangements are being made to ensure the scheme can be introduced gradually, ensuring a smooth transition for people with disability and support providers.

For more information on the NDIS go to www.ndis.gov.au or contact the local NDIS office at Albury(myGov Office). 430 Wilson Street, Albury NSW 2640 Open 8.30am - 4.30pm Monday - Friday T: 13 23 07

 

Ability Links NSW

Ability Links NSW is a way of connecting people with disability, their families and carers in the community. Linkers work closely with people with disability, their families and carers to support them to fulfil their goals, hopes and dreams. Providers are the organisations that offer services to people with disability and the community. Linkers work for these Providers. There are a range of Providers around the state, you can use the following website to help you find a Provider or Linker in your area. www.abilitylinksnsw.org.au

Who can use Ability Links?

Ability Links NSW is for:

  • People with disability aged 7 to 64 years
  • Carers and families of people with disability.

Individual, clubs, groups and businesses can also access Ability Links NSW for information and support on inclusion of people with disability. There is no formal assessment process or referral that you need to meet in order to use Ability Links NSW.

 

Mobility Specialist

When most people think of us, they think of Guide Dogs. But a Guide Dog is just one of the ways in which we support people who are blind or vision impaired. At Guide Dogs NSW/ACT we provide assistance to anyone with vision loss, no matter what your age or level of vision. You certainly don’t have to be totally blind, or want a Guide Dog to receive our free services. While training Guide Dogs is an important part of our work, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT also provides a variety of supports to people who are blind or vision impaired that increase independence, minimise the impact of vision loss and build confidence for further education, employment and social participation.

Our services include:

  • Training people to use canes, canines and electronic aids to improve their mobility and thus their independence and quality of life.
  • Training companion dogs for children and adults who are disabled or disadvantaged owing to age, isolation or ill health.
  • Advocating on behalf of the people we assist to make the community an easier place in which to live and work.

For more information contact:

Zoë Gephart

Orientation and Mobility Specialist, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT

Shop 3, 549 Kiewa Street, Albury

PO Box 1077, Albury NSW 2640

T: 02 6041 5201 W: www.guidedogs.com.au