People With Disability

Zero Barriers Project

Lane Cove Council is proud to partner with Zero Barriers Project, a program to eliminate barriers for people with disability by creating a more accessible and inclusive business community. It takes a practical approach, working with businesses and services to make small changes that increase their community reach and make them inclusive.

Zero Barriers works to:

  • Educate businesses and services about accessibility and inclusion barriers encountered by people with disability
  • Support businesses and services to become more disability friendly
  • Recognise and promote businesses and services that are committed to eliminating barriers for people with disability

Lane Cove businesses can sign up for the free assessment and program via the Zero Barriers website.

Apply for Free Assessment

To see which businesses have already partnered with Lane Cove Council and Zero Barriers, visit the directory.

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Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP)

Under the Disability Inclusion Act 2014 (NSW), all Councils must have a Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP).

The Lane Cove Council Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2022 - 2026 was developed following a community consultation plan which included engagement with the local community, local businesses, service providers, Councillors and Council staff.

Individual and group conversations were conducted by the consultants with Council staff, support services and people with disability living locally. Council Committees were consulted including the Age Friendly Advisory Committee, the Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee and workshops took place with key staff and Councillors between March – August 2022.

The draft plan was then placed on public exhibition for a six-week period. This gave our community an opportunity to provide further feedback before the document was issued to Council for review. The Lane Cove Council Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2022 - 2026 was adopted by Council 23 February 2023.

The Public Toilet Map and Changing Places

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.  

The Master Locksmiths Access Key (MLAK) system is an MLAA initiative that allows people with disability access to dedicated public facilities, including facilities in National Parks and many Council municipalities, elevators at railway stations, the new Changing Places facilities throughout Australia, disabled toilets that are locked, and even the Liberty Swing. People with a disability are able to purchase a MLAK key that will open all doors, toilets, playground equipment and other facilities fitted with a lock that uses the special MLAK cylinder.

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 Sydney Community Services and Volunteers.

To find out more about Different Degrees call Sydney Community Services - Disability Services Coordinator on 02 8598 7055 For more information on disability services is available at Sydney Community Services.