Disability Action Plan
The aim of the Disability Action Plan is to provide the framework for aligning Council’s activities with the goals of the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act (1992). The Act makes it unlawful to treat people with a disability less favourably than people without a disability. Orange City Council seeks to eliminate discriminatory practices and procedures as well as physical barriers. The Plan has been developed in keeping with the following principles:
- People with a disability have the same fundamental rights as all members of the Orange community.
- Every attempt will be made to ensure that no person who lives, works in or visits Orange shall be denied access to any Council facility or service on the grounds of personal disability.
- People with a disability (within Orange) should have the same opportunity as other residents to participate in public consultations, grievance mechanisms and decision-making processes.
Definition Of Disability
For the purpose of the Plan “disability” is defined in accordance with the definition provided by the Disability Discrimination Act (1992). The Act includes any disability that is:
- Learning disability
- Physical disfigurement
- The result of the presence in the body of disease causing organisms.
This definition also includes a disability which:
- Presently exists
- Previously existed but no longer exists (past episode of mental illness, heart attack)
- May exist in the future (a person with a genetic predisposition to disease or a person who is HIV positive).
The Act also makes it unlawful to discriminate against a person on the basis that their associate (partner, carer, friend, family member or business partner) has a disability.
Disability Action Plan 2012-2016 (251 KB)
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