Community involvement - making communities more inclusive

Understanding of the needs and aspirations of people with a disability enriches the your community as a whole.

The Community building program assists the community to include people with a disability and their families and carers by:

  • Helping people and organisations work together more effectively
  • Improving community understanding about the needs and aspirations of people with a disability
  • Developing and implementing responses to community priorities
  • Ensuring the needs of people with a disability are the focus of community planning
  • Supporting service providers to assist people with a disability to live the sort of life they choose
  • Developing easy ways for people to access information they need about services, community activities and consultation opportunities.

The program brings together the strengths, resources and creativity of individuals, communities and government to work in partnership to build long-term, sustainable change in local communities. The aspirations and opportunities that exist within each local community are the driving force of the programs.

Linking self-directed planning with community building

As disability supports become more flexible and individualised, people are exploring how they can become more active members of their communities. The information that people identify in their self-directed plans can be useful in helping to plan and build more inclusive communities.

RuralAccess, MetroAccess, deafaccess

RuralAccess, MetroAccess and deafaccess are part of the Disability services community building program.

  • MetroAccess workers are based in each of the 31 local councils across metropolitan Melbourne
  • RuralAccess workers are located in 25 local governments and community health services across rural and regional Victoria
  • deafaccess workers are based in five community service organisations across rural Victoria.

These workers plan and develop strategies across the full range of community infrastructure including education and training, transport, health, accommodation and housing, physical access planning, sport, recreation and the arts.