ALL INCLUSIVE: Peter Dickson-Smith cuts the cake at the International Year Of People With Disability gathering.
ALL INCLUSIVE: Peter Dickson-Smith cuts the cake at the International Year Of People With Disability gathering. Contributed

CHCC awards for disability inclusion and access

RECOGNITION was given to three Coffs Coast businesses as part of International Day Of People With Disability celebrations at Coffs Harbour Surf Club.

The Business Awards for Disability Inclusion and Access Awards are an initiative of Coffs Harbour City Council with the businesses recognised for the way in which they welcome and support people of all abilities.

Club 300 Bowling and Bar was recognised for its encouragement and support for people with a disability to participate in ten pin bowling.

They provide an accessible venue with a lift, ramps and toilets.

They also host a bowling event each Monday for people with a disability.  

CHESS Disability Employment Services' Personal Helpers and Mentors Programme and NDIS services also received an award.

In setting up the new building in West High Street they have gone the extra mile to ensure accessibility.

Features include an automatic front door, wheelchair accessible reception area, staff training in sign language and spaces for people who suffer anxiety and low mood.

TARGET Australia was also recognised for its inclusive catalogues which models of all abilities including wheelchair users, people with limited mobility and children with cerebral palsy and Down syndrome.

Chris Chapman, Council's Director of Sustainable Communities, said each year the United Nations announces a theme for International Day Of People With Disability.

"This year's theme is transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all,” he said.

"The aim of this theme is to leave no one behind and empower people with disability to be active members of and contributors to society.”



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