Inclusion and participation
Including older people and people with a disability in community life helps build more inclusive and diverse communities.
It helps to enrich community life for everyone. It also helps break down barriers and promote better understanding.
People with a disability
More than 1.17 million people in NSW have a disability. That’s around one in five. Chances are that you know someone with a disability.
Most people with a disability lead everyday lives. They go to school, work, get married and participate in social and community activities.
Sometimes, people with a disability are prevented from participating in community activities because their needs are not taken into account, or because of negative attitudes of others.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics article Community participation of people with a disability (2006) looks at:
Older people make valuable contributions to the community through activities such as volunteering, care giving, education and social activities.
As older people become less mobile and less connected to family and friends, the risk of isolation and exclusion grows.
Staying in touch with their local community is a very important part of healthy ageing.
As a neighbour, friend or community member, you can play an important part in helping older people stay connected with their community.