Disability access and inclusion plan
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Disability in Western Australia
A disability is a continuing condition that restricts everyday activities, and can affect a person's capacity to communicate, interact with others, learn, and get about independently. A disability is usually permanent but may be episodic, and can be hidden (e.g. epilepsy) or visible (e.g. cerebral palsy). The condition may be attributed to a sensory, neurological, physical, intellectual, cognitive, or psychiatric impairment, or a combination of these.
Disability affects one-third of the Western Australian population. An estimated 20.6% have a disability (5.8% have profound or severe core activity limitation) and 12.6% are carers for people with disabilities. More than one in every three carers has a disability. Over the next 20 years, the number of Western Australians with a disability is expected to increase as a result of population increase and the population ageing.
Background to Disability Access and Inclusion Plans (DAIPs)
As members of the community, people with disabilities, their families and carers have the same rights as other people to access all information, services and facilities provided by the Department of Sport and Recreation. These rights are built into State and Commonwealth legislation, which makes it unlawful to discriminate against a person with a disability.
In 2001, the department implemented its Disability Services Plan for the period 2001-2006. This plan was to built upon previous progress made by the organisation, and provided a basis for developing further strategies and initiatives to assist people with disabilities in utilising the services and facilities of the department.
To meet compliance requirements under the Disability Services Act 1993 (as amended 2004), the department has developed this new Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP), to be implemented over the years 2007-2012. The DAIP will outline the ways in which the department will ensure that people with disabilities have equal access to its facilities and services.
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