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MetroAccess Program

The MetroAccess initiative aims to increase the participation of people with disability in their local communities. It is a partnership between the Department of Human Services and local government across Victoria.

Child with walking frame
International Day of People With Disability 2012
International Day of People With Disability 2012 - 3CR Broadcast
International Day of People With Disability 2012 - Blowing Bubbles

The MetroAccess program is incorporated into Disability Policy and Action Plan 2015-2018 which sets out Council's policy vision and priority actions to create a more inclusive and accessible community for people with disability, their families and carers.

MetroAccess Initiatives

1. Recharge Scheme provides points located in public spaces to assist wheelchair and scooter users if their mobility aid runs out of charge. The area has a power point and is large enough for a wheelchair to manoeuvre and park. Some locations also have a charger provided on site to assist with the recharge process.
2. Talking Taxis makes taxi journeys easier for passengers with a communication barrier or a disability.
3. Access Facts Sheets provide user friendly access information about the built environment - Improving access in your home; Access aids & equipment for home; Hiring accessible equipment for events; Business and building lessees - responsibilities under the Disability Standards; Business and building owners - responsibilities under the Disability Standards.
4. Communication Boards aim to improve access to Council services for people with complex communication needs. Maribyrnong City Council is developing boards for all customer service points in partnership with SCOPE.

MetroAccess Calendar of Events

The MetroAccess Program organises and participates in events for people with disabilities during the year including International Day of People with Disability and the Maribyrnong Inclusive Recognition Awards.

Some important dates to look out for include:
World Mental Health Day - 10 October
Carer's Week - 9 to 15 October
Children's Week - 22 to 30 October
International Day of People with Disability - 3 December

Useful Publications

1. Shut Out: the Experience of People with Disabilities and their Families in Australia. A copy may be downloaded from the Department of Social Services website
2. Picture This - Increasing the Cultural Participation of People with a Disability in Victoria. A copy may be downloaded from the Department of Human Services Disability Services Division website.

Contact

For more information, or if you would like this information in an alternative format, please contact:
MetroAccess Officer
Diversity Team
9688 0200
email@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au

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