Count Me In is a long-term strategy to guide all Western Australians when responding to people with disability. It was developed after many stakeholder conversations, adopted as a major social policy of government and launched by the Premier on the International Day of People with Disability in December 2009.
Count Me In has a vision that ‘All people live in welcoming communities that facilitate citizenship, friendship, mutual support and a fair go for everyone’. The vision is achieved through three areas of focus:
- economic security and well-designed and accessible communities and homes
- participation and contribution for people with disability in all aspects of life
- the provision of personalised supports and services which are innovative, flexible and person-centred.
This umbrella framework has 13 priorities and 80 pathways which underpin most, if not all, contemporary developments for disability occurring in WA. The Commission works with many stakeholder groups to facilitate, partner and directly develop innovative programs, services and initiatives. Many others – individuals, families, carers, communities, government agencies, local governments and disability sector organisations – develop and run their own initiatives independently to the Commission that help achieve Count Me In priorities and pathways.
This section includes information about the Commission’s current initiatives and partnerships in implementing Count Me In and those which other stakeholders are progressing: