There are a number of ways the Northern Beaches is becoming more accessible and inclusive than ever. Being inclusive is all about adapting the way that products and services are provided to suit the needs of the whole community.
Disability Inclusion Award 2020
Do you know a local business that goes above and beyond to be inclusive and accessible for people with disability? The Northern Beaches Disability Inclusion Award recognises businesses on the Northern Beaches that aim to accommodate the needs of all customers regardless of ability.
The winner of the 2020 Inclusion Award is: The Cube Allied Health
The Cube Allied Health show a strong commitment to meeting the different needs of their clients including tailoring equipment and training programs leading to better outcomes. Client testimonials demonstrate a high level of customer service that is adaptive, inclusive and professional making The Cube Allied Health this year’s standout nomination.
The runner up for 2020 is: Plus Fitness Brookvale
The team at Plus Fitness Brookvale are runner up this year for taking several decisive actions to improve the physical space of their business including ramps, accessible bathrooms and a spacious physical layout showing a clear consideration for people with disability.
NSW Companion Card
The NSW Companion Card program enables people with a lifelong need for a high level of care to participate in events and activities in the community. Participants are entitled to a free extra ticket for their carer at participating venues or events.
To find out if you are eligible or to apply for the program, visit the NSW Companion Card website.
Businesses, organisations, venues and events can sign up to be affiliates of the program on the NSW Companion Card website. Affiliates issue a companion ticket to participants of the program at no charge, and in return are provided an opportunity to demonstrate a commitment to social inclusion and tap into an underutilised market.
One in five Australians have some kind of disability, so making your business or service accessible is as good for businesses as it is for the community. There are a number of helpful resources available online to help your business or community group be more accessible and inclusive:
- Event Accessibility Checklist - Australian Network on Disability
- Creating Inclusive Communities: Business Toolkit - North West Alliance
- Dementia Friendly Community - Northern Beaches Dementia Alliance