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 accessibility resources

Increasing Accessibility Library Initiative

Public libraries who are part of this scheme provide playback devices to help you access print materials if you have print disability. Find out more about the scheme and accessible libraries in your area

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

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

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

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

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