Australian Capital Territory - Community programs

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Arts and culture for people with disability

National Gallery of Australia

The National Gallery of Australia has a variety of programs and supports to help people with disability to access the exhibitions. Learn more about accessibility and disability programs at the National Gallery of Australia

National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery runs inclusive programs for people with disability and has assisted access. Learn more about programs at the National Portrait Gallery

Community programs and services for people with disability

Able Australia

If you have an National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) plan, Able Australia can offer you community participation programs based on your interests and goals. Find out more about Community Participation programs

Access Canberra

Community centres offer music and exercise classes, dance and theatre groups, disability and respite services, community transport, parenting and play groups, seniors groups, social groups and venue hire. Find your closest community centre

Audio Ability

Audio Ability is a project that will mentor, train and assign work placement for people living with disability in community media and creative industries across Australia. Find out more about Audio Ability

Better Health Channel

The Better Health Channel provides information about disability groups and networks. Some you can access across Australia, however some are only available in Victoria. See the list of disability groups and networks on the Better Health Channel website

BrainBank

BrainBank is a free one-on-one peer panel to help people with brain injury navigate life and support others. Find out more about BrainBank

Down Syndrome Australia

If you have down syndrome you may be able to access facilitated online peer-support networks, webinars, as well as face-to-face programs delivered by Down Syndrome Australia. Find out more about Down Syndrome Australia’s programs

Inclusive arts and performance

The ACT Government supports access to the arts for all Canberrans and works closely with the arts and disability sectors to increase the cultural participation of people living with a disability. You can find a range of arts and accessibility resources here

Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC)

ILC provides funding to organisations to deliver projects in the community that benefit all Australians with disability, their carers and families.

These projects create connections between people with disability and the communities they live in. Projects aim to build the knowledge, skills and confidence of people with disability, and improve their access to community and mainstream services. Learn more about ILC funding to connect people with their communities

My Community Directory

The My Community Directory website is a database of community services throughout Australia. You can find community programs by searching for key words and your location. Search for respite and activities in your area

SSPA Mentorship Program

This program supports young short statured people to build resilience and deal with social issues at school, work and in the community. Find out more about the SSPA Mentorship program

The A-List

This is an online platform for young autistic people, their families and carers to find social and group activities with like-minded people with similar interests. Find out more information

The Disability Trust

If you have an NDIS plan, the Disability Trust offers a range of programs and supports. They can help you connect with peers who are the same age and have similar interests. Find out more about the programs organised by the Disability Trust

Totally Doable

Totally Doable are a series of web-based videos produced by and about culturally and linguistically diverse people living with disability. Find out more about Totally Doable

NDIS supports

Local Area Coordinators (LACs)

If you are aged 7 and above, Local Area Coordinators (LACs) can link you to the NDIS and to mainstream and community supports in your area. You can ask your LAC about the supports available in your community, even if you're not eligible for an NDIS support plan. Find out more about how a Local Area Coordinator may be able to assist you

Support for New Migrants

Leisure in Australia

Information for new migrants about sport and recreation options in Australia. Learn about leisure in Australia for new migrants

Speak My Language

The Speak My Language program involves people with disabilities from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and Indigenous communities, and other guest speakers, sharing stories, advice and resources to support living well with a disability. Interviews will be available in 25 languages and are free to stream. Find out more about the Speak My Language program