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​Disability Inclusion Action Plan - Meeting in a Box ToolKit Resources 

 Facilitator Notes - Word or PDF

Facilitator Questions Guide - Word or PDF

Facilitator Workbook - Word or PDF

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Different Degrees Theatre Ensemble

For people with a disabiity


NDIS Information & Pre-Planning sessions for people with disabilities, families & carers - FREE

  • Learn more about getting ready for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and about preparing for the NDIS Transition
  • Learn more about disability in Australia, the rights of people living with disability and managing NDIS individual funding packages
  • Meet with local disability services, advocates and linkers to find out what supports are available to you now
  • For those who are funded by NDIS these seminars will help you better plan for your review next year

All sessions take place from 10-am – 12noon at the Dougherty Community Centre, 7 Victor Street Chatswood

  • Cantonese speaking:      Thursday 4 May and Friday 5 May
  • Mandarin speaking:        Thursday 11 May and Friday 12 May
  • Korean:                           Thursday 18 May and Friday 19 May
  • Japanese:                       Wednesday 21 June and Thursday 22 June

The  first session for each language group is an information talk open to all.  The second session is a pre-planning workshop to assist a person with a disability/ their family/carers to prepare a plan for applying for NDIS.  The pre-planning workshop is limited to six consumers (or at most eight).  People who wish to register for the second session, preferably should also register for the first session, or must have prior knowledge about the NDIS.

Flyers are available in the following languages: Chinese Simplifed , Chinese Traditional, Japanese, Korean, Cantonese and Mandarin Seminars in English, Japanese in English, Korean in English


Disability Inclusion          

Council is seeking input from the community on its first Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) which will identify actions to assist people with disability to participate more fully in community life. The plan will address four key areas that have been nominated by people with disability as being of primary importance in creating an inclusive community:

  • Developing positive community attitudes and behaviours
  • Creating liveable communities
  • Supporting access to meaningful employment
  • Improving access to services through better systems and processes

The DIAP will provide a whole of Council approach to effectively plan for and deliver on the diverse needs of people with disability in our community. Council invites people living with disability, their carers, family members, friends and the general community to provide input into this plan by

  • Participating in an online community survey where all members of the community will be able to have their say about disability inclusion. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete and there is an option to include your comments
  • Attending a focus group for people with disability, their carers and their families on Thursday 4 May at the Lane Cove Civic Centre, 48 Longueville Road, Lane Cove. There will be two sessions, one from 1:00pm – 2:30pm and another from 6:30pm – 8:00pm. 
  • Having a one on one conversation with consultants if you are not comfortable in a group situation or need extra support
  • Arranging or requesting a Meeting in a Box Toolkit.  This is a mini consultation that can be used by groups, families or friend to run a consultation meeting of their own using standardised procedures and questions.  The resources required to run a meeting are in the right hand column of this web page.

Paper copies of the survey are available at the Lane Cove Library, Council foyer and the Living and Learning Centre.  Paper copies can be returned to Elton Consulting using the Reply Paid envelope provided.

Surveys will be received by Elton Consulting until Friday 5 May 2017.

To register your interest in taking part in a focus group, a one on one conversation or to receive the Meeting in a Box Toolkit please phone 9911 3953 or email


Additional Information

Council has engaged Elton Consulting to assist with the consultations and in the development of the plan.

For more information about the Disability Inclusion Action Plan and to obtain further information in accessible formats and in community languages visit Family and Community Services – NSW Disability Inclusion Action Plan

Visit the Have Your Say section of Council's website for more information.


New resources available to help people with a disability move to the NDIS

New resources have been developed to support a greater understanding of key concepts such as the first planning process and how people with disability will continue to receive quality supports as well as clarity around common terms within the NDIS. 

My First Plan Fact Sheet

This fact sheet provides information about what to expect and how to prepare for a first plan meeting.

Easy English My First Plan Fact Sheet

This fact sheet uses images as well as text to illustrate the first plan process. 

NDIS Word List

there are a lot of new terms to understand as people transition to the new scheme, so we have developed an Easy Read word list to help explain the NDIS.

Providing quality and safe supports for NDIS participants in NSW

This fact sheet details how people with disability will continue to receive quality and safe supports during the transition to the NDIS between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2018.

Updating the Public Toilet Map

The National Public Toilet Map is a website and app that provides the location of over 16,000 publicly available toilets across Australia. Information like opening hours, shower facilities, baby change tables and accessibility for people with a disability helps people find a toilet to suit their needs.

To find a toilet people can search specific locations, plan a trip and see the facilities available along the route, save toilet locations, maps and trips and link it to their GPS.

Spinal Cord Injuries Australia is currently implementing the NSW Accessible Toilets Project, updating the accessible toilets in NSW on the map on behalf of the NSW government.

Find out how you can be involved in updating the information on accessible public toilets already listed on the map and identifying accessible toilets that are missing.


The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is coming to Lane Cove from July 2016

The NDIS is coming to the Lane Cove Council area from 1 July 2016.  

The NSW NDIS website has a range of information and resources about how and when the National Disability Insurance Scheme, the NDIS, will happen in NSW.

It has information available in Easy Read English, community languages and Auslan.

The website also has many accessibility features. This means you can use the website in different ways, like listening to the text or viewing the pages in high contrast.

Please visit the NSW NDIS website at:


Different Degrees Theatre Ensemble

The Different Degrees Theatre Ensemble is a drama group for people of all abilities that meets to create self devised theatre and learn many forms of dramatic skills at the Living and Learning Centre on Wednesdays between 6:00 - 8:00pm during school terms.  The Ensemble is directed by a professional theatre maker and is supported by assistant director, staff from Lane Cove Council and Lane Cove and North Side Community Services and Volunteers. 

Please phone 9427 6425 for more information