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MidCoast Council’s development of the next version of the Disability Inclusion Action Plan has begun, alongside preliminary consultation with the MidCoast community through public surveys.

The updated Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) will support MidCoast Council’s commitment to creating more inclusive communities.

The first of a series of DIAP surveys is now live. The Council is urging anyone with a disability to complete the first survey, while friends, families, carers, service providers and the general community will have an opportunity to share their thoughts in upcoming surveys.

MidCoast Council’s Coordinator of Community Development, Lyndie Hepple, explained, “The Disability Inclusion Action Plan helps us to identify the barriers and challenges faced by those in our community who are living with a disability, as well as their carers (paid or unpaid), friends and family.

“The DIAP will guide our activities for the next four years as we seek funding and support to make improvements in the areas identified by our community members with lived experiences.

“It’s important for us to ensure that everybody has the same opportunities to participate in life and this survey will help us to understand the relationship between the way people function and how they participate in society.

“This is the first part of a much larger consultation to help develop this plan.

“We want it to be a true reflection of what our community needs and we can’t do that without real feedback.”

The survey for people living with a disability will be live until 31 October. To share your thoughts go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DIAP2021

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