International Day of People with Disability celebrates the achievements and contributions of the 4.4 million Australians with disability. This day raises awareness about the barriers that people with disability face, while encouraging greater understanding and inclusion in our community. The day is celebrated annually on 3 December.
- Vision Australia information session – 29 November
- Auslan Storytime sessions:
- Balwyn Library – 27 November
- Hawthorn Library – 28 November
- Ashburton Library – 30 November
- Camberwell Library – 1 December
- All abilities tennis open day at Kew Tennis Club – 3 December
- Q&A with Stefan Farina and Sarah Gibson from QArt Gallery – 6 December
Life Without Limits booklist
These stories and memoirs are written by people with experience of disability, highlighting the importance of inclusion and diversity.
Visit our Life Without Limits booklist page.
Boroondara Disability Sport and Recreation Hub
The Boroondara Disability Sport and Recreation Hub aims to connect people with disability in Boroondara to programs and services available across Boroondara Aquatic and Leisure Facilities.
From gymnastics and wheelchair accessible AFL and Auskick programs, to dance classes or swimming, there are a variety of fun and inclusive activities to try.
Visit the Disability Sport and Recreation Hub site to learn more about what's on offer and how to get involved.
To see a list of all-ability sport and fitness activities across Boroondara, visit our All abilities sports and fitness page.
Boroondara Access Keys
Several Council venues offer Access Keys that include contextualised photos, access details, maps and sensory guides to make it as easy as possible for people of all abilities to enjoy the facilities.
These guides can be read independently or shared with a friend, family member, carer or support worker to prepare for the visit.
Designed by Access Ability Australia, the aim of Access Keys is to decrease barriers, increase enablers and provide accurate and convenient information about how to access these venues, regardless of ability.
Council facilities that have access keys include:
- Boroondara Youth Hub – visit the Boroondara Youth Hub Access Key page on the Access Ability Australia website
- Kew Traffic School – view our Kew Traffic School Access Keys page
- Boroondara Sports Complex – visit the Boroondara Sports Complex Access Keys page on the Access Ability Australia website
- Hawthorn Aquatic and Leisure Centre – view the Access Key on our Hawthorn Aquatic and Leisure Centre page
- Ashburton Pool and Recreation Centre – visit the accessibility page on the Ashburton Pool and Recreation Centre website.
Boroondara Social Stories
Social Stories aim to prepare people for social interaction by providing clear information about specific social situations.
They can support people who may live with autism spectrum disorder, language disorders, social communication difficulties or cognitive delays and disability. They also aim to support parents, carers and educators.
Council facilities that have a Social Story include:
- Boroondara Youth Hub – visit the Boroondara Youth Hub Social Story page on the Access Ability Australia website
- Kew Traffic – visit our Kew Traffic School Social Story page
- Ashburton Pool and Recreation Centre – Visit the Ashburton Pool and Recreation Centre swimming lesson Social Story page on the Access Ability Australia website
- Hawthorn Aquatic and Leisure Centre – Visit the Hawthorn Aquatic and Leisure Centre swimming lesson Social Story page on the Access Ability Australia website
- Boroondara Sports Complex – Visit the Boroondara Sports Complex gymnastics lesson Social Story page on the Access Ability Australia website.
Boroondara Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2024–28
We recently shared our draft Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2024–28 with the community for final comment. The draft Plan outlines our commitment to making the community more inclusive for people with disability.
The draft was developed through extensive consultation. Community members and disability organisations shared their stories, experiences and aspirations for disability access and inclusion in Boroondara and we used what was shared to develop the draft Plan.
The draft Plan is being finalised for adoption later this year.
For more information visit our Disability Access and Inclusion Plan page on Engage Boroondara.