The following information, events and activities are now available to access - please scroll down for further information:
- International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) - Art Workshop (4 December 2020)
- The Ethnic Communities Council of WA - Racism Matters Educational Session (17 December 2020)
- Developmental Disability WA - Autism Parents Handbook 2020-2021
- Alzheimers WA - Dementia Advisory Service and Adjusting to Change (November onwards)
- Mission Australia - Mapping accessible and inclusive services within the City of Canning (Project - August to March 2021)
- Counselling and Advocacy Support for people with a disability - These services are free, independent and confidential (August onwards)
- Youth Disability Advocacy Network - The UNLEASHED Project and further training opportunities (September onwards)
For questions relating to the above or for more specific access requirements, please contact the City of Canning - Disability Access and Social Inclusion Officer on 6350 7229.
Information, events and activities:
International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) - Art Workshop (4 December 2020)
International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is a United Nations observed day celebrated internationally. It aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate their achievements and contributions.
The City of Canning will be holding an “Art Workshop” with guest artist Monty from 'Fierce Art' at the Riverton Library in celebration of International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD). This is a free 2 hour art workshop suitable for all levels and abilities. Workshop participants will be illustrating using handmade paper to create a design which includes selecting and combining materials.
Date: 4 December 2020 (Friday)
Time: 10am – 12noon
Venue: Riverton Library
The Riverton Library is an accessible venue with wheelchair access and ACROD parking
To book your places - please visit:
Eventbrite - IDPwD Art Workshop 4 Dec 2020
The Ethnic Communities Council of WA - Racism Matters Educational Session (17 December 2020)
During the time of COVID-19, some people have been noticing an increase in racist or discriminatory behaviours. The Ethnic Communities Council of WA has created strategies to help individuals and/or their support person deal with racism or discrimination in the wider community.
The Ethnic Communities Council has also created:
- The Racism Matters website and they can also provide an advocate who will work with individuals who have had incidents if they require support of any kind.
- A short one hour information/education presentation to outline the steps that people can take when confronted by discrimination.
Please join us at our information session to learn more:
Date: 17 December, 2020
Venue: Riverton Library – The Studio
Time: 6pm to 7pm
Please RSVP your attendance to Leesa Miller by the 10 December, 2020
Developmental Disability WA (DDWA) - Autism Parents' Handbook 2021/2021
The Autism Parents' Handbook is the ultimate book for parents and carers of children with ASD, in Western Australia providing a detailed guide of the services and support available. The author of this handbook Heidi Brandis has a child with ASD and is sharing the updated resource in hopes to save parents valuable time.
The handbook covers everything from getting a ASD diagnosis to technology, driving and sensory resources. The handbook also outlines support and services available across regional WA and also provides information on funding, respite and advocacy.
Hard copies of the Autism Parents' Handbook are free to collect from the DDWA office is West Perth or can be downloaded from:
DDWA - Autism Parents Handbook
Alzheimer's WA - Dementia Advisory Service & Adjusting to Change
Alzheimers WA is committed to supporting you and your family through these challenging times.
The Dementia Advisory Service is one of the ways to provide that support and the Alzheimers team can make an appointment to chat over the phone or via video call (which ever you prefer). The team is available to offer support and to also link you with other services that may be suitable for you and your family.
The valuable 'Adjusting to Change' program is now delivered via video call over a six week period and will provide relevant information, emotional support and practical assistance for people in the early stage of dementia and their support person (family member or friend).
For further information please see the attached flyers - Dementia-Advisory-Service-Flyer
Mission Australia - Mapping accessible and inclusive services within the City of Canning
(Project Duration - August to March 2021)
City of Canning has recently partnered with Mission Australia on a project which will focus on mapping the accessibility services and amenities available for people living with disability within the City of Canning. This mapping will not only capture the physical accessibility spaces and areas within the City, but also provide an online resource focused on information provision, advocacy services, peak bodies, peer support groups, social inclusion, and specific disability/aged care programs and identify key community leaders in these areas. Once identified this data will be made accessible for users via an interactive map, which will be hosted on the City of Canning website. The purpose of this interactive online map is to provide the community with important information about the available accessible services and activities within the City. This will assist not only people with disability, but all members of the community to feel welcome and included within the City. It will allow individuals and families to plan their activities and enjoy the City’s parks & gardens, sporting grounds, events & venues, places of worship, etc.
This project has commenced and the first phase, mapping Council services and facilities, Social and Recreational activities and opportunities, will be completed by March 2021..
If you have any questions please call our City Access & Inclusion Officer on (08) 6350 7229 or visit our - Your Say Access and Inclusion page:
Counselling and Advocacy Support for people with a disability
- (August onwards)
The Australian Government is funding counselling and advocacy support services for:
- people with disability who have experienced violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation
- anyone who is engaging with or affected by the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (‘the Disability Royal Commission’).
These services are free
, independent and confidential.
The Australian Government understands that people engaging with or affected by the Disability Royal Commission may need support – and is funding a range of support services over the next three years.
Anyone who wishes to access this support does not need to make a submission or have any prior involvement with the Disability Royal Commission.
Contact the National Counselling and Referral Service on 1800 421 468
for counselling support, or ask to be connected to a counsellor or advocate near you
Youth Disability Advocacy Network (YDAN) - Training Opportunities
The Youth Disability Advocacy Network (YDAN) would like to share with you inform on their new exciting entrepreneurship, employment, and public speaking training programs for Young People With Disability (YPWD), called UNLEASHED
training program will build upon the successes, ideas, and principles of similar successful programs run by LGA's and disability inclusion organisations. Our specialist training facilitators, external experts, and volunteers will themselves have lived experience with a disability or access need. The program will be open and highly inclusive of young people in minority groups, who may not have access to similar training opportunities.
Just over a week ago, YDAN released a survey to better understand the specific areas YPWD would like to gain confidence in, as well as to understand the most significant barriers to employment they face due to workplaces lack of knowledge on disability. We are asking that:
- any Australian, of any age, with a disability fill in our survey, to let us know what they would’ve loved to have seen in a training program when they were younger, based on their experience with disability and barriers to employment
- young people with disability (YPWD, aka prospective participants) aged 14-25, to let us know what they want to see in a program like UNLEASHED and
- lastly, YPWD interested in participating in our project fill out our expression of interest built into the survey.
The brilliant team of trainers in UNLEASHED
will use this survey information to tailor their content in order to be as relevant and useful as possible to the Western Australian community. To access the survey and complete your expression of interest in participating in this project, please register at the following link: https://bit.ly/3fFGXai
Further details and contact information for YDAN - Unleashed Information Flyer