People with disability

1. Overview

COVID-19 information for people with disability

Find information for people with disability and families about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) by clicking the links below.

The information is available in an easy to read and visual format for people with disability. 

Find out more

Cahoots Connects is a free essential shopping delivery service for eligible members of the WA community including People with Disability. 

Register your interest

People with Disability Australia COVID-19 Hub of Disability-Focused Information

Activ Coronavirus Hub

Supermarkets are making changes to opening hours, item limits and deliveries.

Disability Information Helpline

The Disability Information Helpline is available for people with disability who need help because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Helpline can help families, carers, support workers and services, too.

The Helpline is free, private and fact-checked.

People can contact the Disability Information Helpline on 1800 643 787 to talk about their concerns in relation to COVID-19. For example, people can call the Helpline if their support worker has not turned up or their provider has stopped services; or if it’s hard to get essential items like food or medications.

The Helpline can provide information, and refer people to advocacy, counselling and other supports.

The Helpline is available Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm (AEST) and Saturday and Sunday 9am to 7pm (AEST). It’s not available on national public holidays.

For more information, visit www.dss.gov.au/disabilityhelp.

 

Trauma-informed counselling is available to help people with disability who have experienced violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation.

The National Counselling and Referral Service, which was established to support the Disability Royal Commission, will continue to offer emotional support to people with disability, their families and carers.

This service is delivered by Blue Knot Foundation. It is available for people with disability who have experienced violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation, and anyone affected by the Disability Royal Commission.

This service is free, independent and confidential. It is available over the telephone and online, and a video conference can be arranged where needed. Referrals to advocacy and long-term counsellors can be arranged as well.

Contacting the service does not mean someone has to make a submission to the Disability Royal Commission.

Call the National Counselling and Referral Service on1800 421 468 or 02 6146 1468 (9am to 6pm weekdays and 9am to 5pm weekends). If you are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment, phone the National Relay Service on133 677.

For more information, visit dss.gov.au/disability-royal-commission-support.

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The Town of Cambridge is committed to creating a sense of belonging for all community members, including people with disability, their families and carers.

The Town is working to ensure people with disability have improved access and inclusion to quality services and facilities and will continue to implement the actions in our Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2019–22(PDF, 14MB)  to achieve this. 

2. Sportslink

Sport and recreation is a positive part of all of our lives and the Town supports programs which allow people with disability to get involved. Sportslink is a program that aims to develop motor skills and confidence of school-aged children with disabilities, so they can enjoy group sports.

Developed by Inclusion WA, children work with coaches in a positive environment to learn new skills, build friendships and have fun! 

All participants need to do is bring a water bottle and wear suitable clothing and shoes.

 Sportslink locations
Subiaco Sportslink 

Subiaco PCYC
450 Rokeby Road, Subiaco 

Thursdays
4pm to 5pm 

Leslie Howe
9388 2053

Email 

Presbyterian Ladies College 

PLC Senior School Gym
14 McNeil Street, Peppermint Grove 

Wednesdays
4pm to 5pm 

9424 6530 
Morley Sportslink  

Morley YMCA Sport and Recreation Centre
Wellington Street, Morley 

Thursdays
3.45pm to 4.30pm  

Beth Macer
9375 3529

Email  

Kingsway Sportslink  

Kingsway Indoor Stadium
Kingsway Road, Madeley 

Mondays
4pm to 5pm 

 9408 1920
Kwinana Sportslink  

Kwinana Recquatic Centre
Gilmore Avenue, Kwinana 

Monday (once a month)
4pm to 5pm 

Donna Howaston
9236 4700

Email

3. Home and Community Care Services 

From 1 July 2018 the Town no longer provides Home and Community Care (HACC) Services. If residents are 65 and under they can refer to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

To find out more contact NDIS on 1800 800 110 or visit https://www.ndis.gov.au/

 

4. Individual Disability Advocacy Service

Sussex Street Community Law Service provides an advocacy service to people with disability, their family and carers.

In partnership with UnitingCare West, Sussex Street is an independent, free and confidential advocacy service to people living in the Town of Cambridge.

The service is supported by the Town of Cambridge and delivered at the Wembley Community Centre.

For more information please visit the Sussex Street website.

5. Access to Town facilities 

Cambridge Library

Cambridge Library is fully accessible for visitors with wheelchairs, gophers or prams. Our extensive library collection also houses many large print and audio books including some on the Town's local history.

The library offers a home delivery service to members who are unable to access the library due to disability or illness, or to a carer who needs assistance.

Visit the Library

Bold Park Aquatic 

Bold Park Aquatic is an accessible and inclusive aquatic centre, designed for people of all abilities.

Whether you're recovering from injury, are interested in active ageing, or are a person with a permanent disability our facilities and programs offer something for everyone.

Visit Bold Park Aquatic

6. National Disability Insurance Scheme

What is the NDIS?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a federal government-funded scheme which provides financial support to people with an intellectual, physical, sensory, cognitive (such as defective short-term memory) or psychosocial (arising as a result of a mental health condition) disability, as well as early intervention supports for children with developmental delay.

The scheme helps people with disability to access the support that’s right for them as well as assisting in building their skills to actively participate in their community.

Individuals with NDIS funding primarily deal with Local Area Coordinators (LACs), Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) co-ordinators, or NDIA planners who help participants access, understand and navigate the new system, and create, implement and review their plan. Participants can find LACs, ECEIs and NDIA planners in their area using the search tool on the NDIS website.

To check your eligibility or to find out more information, visit the NDIS website.   

7. NDIS Partners Servicing Town of Cambridge

NDIS has appointed the following partners to deliver NDIS for the Central North Metro which services the Town:

Wanslea Family Services (0-6 years)

Wanslea Family Services is the National Disability Insurance Agency partner that delivers Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) support to children aged 0-6 years who have a developmental delay or disability.

Early intervention is important to ensure children with developmental delay or disability have the best start in life.

If you have concerns about your child’s development, then ECEI can help you to get information and access to supports. You and other caregivers will be provided with ways to help your child develop the skills they need to take part in daily activities and achieve the best possible outcomes throughout their life.

For further information:

Phone: 1300 969 645 or email:ndis@wanslea.asn.au

Website: https://www.wanslea.asn.au/children-and-family/early-intervention-ecei/

 

Mission Australia  (7-65 years)

Mission Australia is the NDIS partner delivering Local Area Coordination (LAC) Service for people aged 7-65 years who have a permanent and/or significant disability as defined under the Disability services Act 2011.

The LAC can assist with understanding and accessing the NDIS, creating, implementing and reviewing your NDIS support plan and linking you to information and support in your community.

For Further information:

Phone: 1800 370 776

Website:  www.missionaustralia.com.au

 

8. Counselling and advocacy support for people with disability

The Department of Social Services provide counselling and advocacy services for people with disability who have experienced violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation; and anyone affected by the Disability Royal Commission.

  • Counselling and advocacy support is free, independent and confidential.
  • A counsellor can support people to talk about their feelings and emotions in a safe space.
  • An advocate can help people to tell their story, protect their rights and access other supports.
  • A support person can help people make choices about engaging with the Disability Royal Commission.
  • Culturally appropriate support is also available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability and their families.

People can 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 them.

Would you like to help raise awareness so people can get the support they need?

Download the communication toolkit(PDF, 1MB)

For more information, including Easy Read and Auslan resources, and to download digital resources and images, visit dss.gov.au/disability-royal-commission-support.

 

9. Have your say

If you would like to provide the Town with any feedback regarding disability, access and inclusion please Submit Feedback here