ACT organisations win grants to make services more inclusive for people with disabilities

Ian Bushnell 12 September 2018

Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centre is one of 15 recipients. Photo: Maryann Mussared.

An Indigenous justice group, breastfeeding association and an arts centre are among 15 recipients of Disability Inclusion Grants worth $100,000 announced by the ACT Government on Wednesday (12 September).

The grants will support the 15 organisations with projects to make their services and activities more accessible for people with disability.

The successful projects aim to reduce barriers to arts and sports, legal, medical and community services and recreational activities for people with disability.

The grant recipients are:

  • Holt Medical Centre, to modify the entrance to make it accessible for patients with disabilities;
  • Holder Family Practice and Isabella Plains Medical Centre, to install height adjustable beds;
  • Tjillari Justice, to adapt justice resources into Easy English for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability;
  • Australian Breastfeeding Association ACT, to increase access for women with disability, or parents of an infant with disability, to breastfeeding resources and specialised support;
  • Ginninderra Athletics Club, to make their Early Years program more inclusive for children of all abilities;
  • Canberra Community Law, to install a hearing loop at the Community Legal Centre Hub;
  • Canberra Glassworks, to improve the accessibility of their studio space;
  • ACT Council of Social Service, to install a self-opening door, for independent access through the main entry of the Weston Community Hub;
  • Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centre, to develop disability action plans among their resident arts organisations;
  • Astral Float Studio, to complete Australia’s first fully accessible float studio;
  • Canberra Miniature Railway, to construct accessible concrete pathways for visitors;
  • Cyclabilities, to pilot their innovative program for children with additional needs in a school environment; and
  • East African Community Association and Lighthouse Business Innovation Centre, to engage in disability awareness and capacity building.

Minister for Disability Rachel Stephen-Smith said 57 applications were received detailing ambitious initiatives that clearly demonstrate the ACT community’s commitment to promoting the inclusion of people with disability.

She said the Government doubled the funding to $100,000 a year in the 2018-19 Budget after the impressive response to the first round of Disability Inclusion Grants in 2017.

“Through this process, we’ve seen a range of innovative and community-driven approaches to reducing barriers to people with disability,” she said.

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