Metro Access is a key initiative of the Victorian State Disability Plan 2013-2016 in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services and local government.
Metro Access Objectives:
- To mobilise and support people with a disability to optimise participation in the life of their local community.
- To build and strengthen the community’s capacity to provide support to people with a disability and their families.
- To facilitate integrated local planning and coordination which engages and involves people with a disability and their families, disability service providers and community organisations.
- To work with existing disability service providers to enhance their capacity to provide relevant and appropriate supports in the community.
- To improve access to information about relevant services and community activities available to people with a disability in their communities.
Metro Access Initiatives
Manningham Council believes in the principle that every individual should have the opportunity to participate equally in society. We strive for an inclusive Manningham where people with a disability can participate fully in community life. Participation in employment, freedom from violence, access to information and support for individuals and families to prepare for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) are the current priorities for our Community Building Plan.
Manningham Council's Disability Services for Manningham is a resource for people with disabilities and their carers. The guide provides specific information on disability and support services available to residents in Manningham. Download the Disability Services in Manningham (2.53 MB)
International Day of People with a Disability
International Day of People with a Disability (IDPwD) is held on 3 December each year.
IDPwD is a United Nations sanctioned day that is celebrated internationally. It aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with a disability and celebrate their achievements and contributions.
Each year the UN announces a theme to observe for IDPwD, which provides an overarching focus for the day. The 2019 theme for IDPwD is ‘promoting the participation of persons with disabilities and their leadership: taking action on the 2030 Development Agenda’. According to the United Nations, 2019’s theme focuses on the empowerment of persons with disabilities for inclusive, equitable and sustainable development as envisaged in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which pledges to ‘leave no one behind’ and recognises disability as a cross-cutting issue.
In line with the 2019 theme for IDPwD, Manningham has produced a series of videos designed to educate, inform and inspire people with a disability, their families, service providers and the broader community that people with disabilities can lead socially inclusive, meaningful lifestyles, as valid contributors to their local communities.
The following video presents four local stories of inclusive employment, demonstrating the benefits of inclusive and diverse workforces.
This digital story is a Manningham Council Metro Access Program Project supported by the Victorian State Government, produced by Belonging Matters.
Contributions from those who are interested in disability services and initiatives within Manningham are welcome. Manningham community members who have a disability are also invited to share their experiences to better inform Council policy and practice.