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Improving inclusiveness

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

A training initiative that helps staff and volunteers to improve inclusiveness for people with disabilities in Bayside has taken out the Outstanding Program or Project (non-grants) in the recent local government awards.

With more that 30% of Bayside residents - who either have a disability or have a person in their family with a disability – the YouMeUs tailored-made online courses have become a valuable tool for business and community groups looking to better understand how to engage with people with disabilities.

Bayside is one of 5 local government areas, who partnered through MetroAccess on the project, and who work to help people with a disability to participate more actively in their local community.

“There was a recognised gap in service in providing welcoming environments for all people at a local level,” says Mr Steven White Director Environment, Recreation & Infrastructure.

“The YouMeUs vision is to promote an understanding of differences in the community, challenge public perceptions and stereotypes and highlight the abilities of people with a disability,” explains Mr White.

“The courses are free, open to anyone and highlights how small changes can at a local level impact enormously throughout so many communities,” Mr White adds.

The courses focus on increasing:

  • Confidence in engaging with people with a disability;
  • Participation in people with a disability within the community;
  • Staff awareness around the varying needs of people with a disability.

More than 1500 people Australia wide have participated in the training modules.

The award winning program is tailored to include online courses specifically for retailers, businesses, leisure centre volunteers, council staff and those working in community centres and neighbourhood houses.

For further information please visit www.youmeus.org.au or contact Jacqui Goy, Acting Manager Open Space, Recreation and Wellbeing on 9599 4699.

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