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International day of disability
Today is International Day of People with Disability, and an opportunity to highlight the great work happening across CFA to reduce barriers to people living with a disability from accessing CFA’s services and encourage active participation.
International Day of People with Disability is a United Nations sanctioned day that aims to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being.
Read about some of the great work happening across CFA:
Over the last two years, CFA volunteers from the Lara and Torquay fire brigades have helped some of their most vulnerable citizens increase their quality of life through the ‘volunteering with CFA program’ - taking special needs students through lessons specifically designed to give them a deeper understanding of fire safety practices.
A few years ago, Meg Naismith realised there was no Fire Safe Schools program written for children or young people with a disability. She decided to combine her two passions in life, young people with a disability and CFA, to create a school program that better suited these people.
Epping CFA volunteer Michael Cawthan describes his brigade as "one big family" and in his story it is easy to see just how these members look out for each other.
Diamond Creek brigade has recently started a program of education for local residents with intellectual disabilities who live independently. The visits can provide tips and advice that parents may not have considered, along with important fire prevention information.
CFA now has a plan to ensure its services and programs are easily available to all Victorians, including those living with a disability. CFA’s disability action plan was created in consultation with members, VFBV and disability organisations including Scope.
CFA’s Access and Inclusion Guidelines are a handy resource to assist with developing and delivering products and services to reach wider audiences, and are available for download from Brigades Online.