Orange City Council provides a range services for people living with a disability and their carers. These services are delivered in accord with :
- the NSW Disability Service Standards
- Australia wide Home and Community Care (HACC) Standards and
- guided by the Orange Community Strategic Plan and the Orange Disability Action Plan.
For further information on these services, phone the Community Care Coordinator on 6393 8600 or contact Council.
Orange Mobility Map
The Orange Mobility Map includes information that will assist in accessing the streets of Orange in the safest way. The map is designed for people with a mobility impairment or for those who may have difficulty negotiating the environment. The map includes information on public facilities, as well as locations for parking, toilets and rest areas.
Orange Mobility Map [.pdf]
The Orange Regional Disability Services Directory has been compiled to provide information about a range of other services that are available in the Orange region.
Volunteering with Orange City Council’s community services wing can be a rewarding experience for the volunteer. There are a range of volunteering roles including shopping, daily telephone calls, group activities and delivering meals. Volunteers can work with an elderly person, or a person with disability.
View the Choices at Home page to find out more about volunteering with Orange City Council’s community services.
Through the provision of support for people with disability we aim to improve each person’s quality of life in a manner that will enable each person to contribute to their local community based on their individuality and identified needs.
Orange’s City Council’s Residential Services wing provides Supported Independent Living (SIL). Supported Independent Living is assistance with and/or supervising tasks of daily life to develop the skills of individuals to live as autonomously as possible.
Council provides Supported Independent Living in a shared living arrangement, for people with disability. People are supported to develop a person-centred plan and NDIS goals that will help develop life skills, maintain or develop links with their local community, pursue recreational opportunities, and maintain relationships with family and friends.
Council is registered with the National Disability Insurance Agency to provide support under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Council currently has three Supported Independent living services which provide support including:
- Support in a shared living environment to empower people with disability to live independently and develop life skills and social opportunities.
- Support to access work, the community and recreational programs
- Emphasis on supporting people to access their local community to pursue interests and develop positive community connections.
- Support with activities of daily living
- Assistance with personal care to maintain general health and well being
- Assistance with financial management to effectively manage a budget, expenses and income
Anson Street Out of School Care
Orange City Council offers Out of School Care and a vacation care support program for teenagers with disability. Council is registered with National Disability Insurance Agency to provide support under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Council currently provides after school care during the school term and vacation care during the vacation care periods.
The Anson Street Out of School Care program offers:
- A variety of recreational activities to meet the individual needs of young people
- A relaxed and informal environment
- A program that provides choice and builds social, emotional, creative and physical development.
- Individual assessment and planning to provide supports which compliments the individual needs of the participant.
- A secure and safe environment and a commitment to provide high quality service which values and supports the principles of quality out of school hours care.
Accessing the program
To be eligible to access the program a student must:
- be in secondary school (12 years and older)
- have a permanent disability that significantly affects their ability to take part in everyday activities
- have access to National Disability Insurance Scheme funding
For further information please phone Orange City Council’s Disability Services on 02 6393 8600 or email your enquiry to [email protected].
DISABILITY ACTION PLAN
In 2014 the NSW Government enacted the Disability Inclusion Act (DIA). As a result local councils are required by the DIA Act to prepare a Disability Inclusion Action Plan.
To meet this commitment, Blayney, Cabonne and Orange Councils agreed to a regional approach through a collaborative disability action planning process. In developing the plan, the three Councils undertook a range of consultations with the community and stakeholders. The consultation was targeted at both groups and individuals in our communities, as well as surveying the wider council communities. The purpose of the Disability Inclusion Action Plan is to identify actions that deliver on the diverse needs of people with disability in our community.
The Plan identified four key areas:
- developing positive attitudes and behavior
- creating liveable communities
- supporting access to meaningful employment
- improving access to services through better systems and processes
Blayney, Cabonne and Orange Councils are working with the NSW Government to improve access and inclusion for people with disability and to give all members of our communities the opportunity to participate in social, economic and community life.
The Disability Inclusion Action Plan was approved by Orange City Council on 22 June 2017.