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08 Feb 2018 - On Tuesday 6 February, WCIG welcomed some very special guests to formally launch the DARE program.

At WCIG's Metro West office in Footscray, we were pleased to welcome guests from various community organisations, businesses and representatives from local government to formally launch our DARE to be DisABILITY Friendly program. 

Mayor of the City of Maribyrnong, Cr Cuc Lam, and Sisay Dinku, Commissioner of the Victorian Multicultural Commission were among the special guests gathered to celebrate this vital step toward a truly inclusive local community for all.

DARE is a new initiative, funded by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), and created by WCIG to deliver practical, tailored disability awareness and action training. DARE training is available both online and offline and offers streams for individuals, businesses, sporting and other clubs and community groups.

The DARE Steering Committee, comprising a dedicated group of individuals with disability or lived experience of disability, were pleased to witness the culmination of their hard work in guiding the program's design and providing their valuable insight into living with disability.

WCIG's Board Chairperson, Mr Frank Carlus opened proceedings with an acknowledgement that DARE is strongly linked with WCIG's overarching values; "The training we provide through DARE is based upon WCIG's belief that to overcome disadvantage people with disabilities must be able to access all parts of the community freely and without barriers."

Cr Lam added;‚ÄúThere is still work to do for people living with disability in our community to feel free to participate in community life and feel free from discrimination. WCIG will tackle these issues through the DARE to be disability friendly program."

We would like to thank everyone who attended the launch and we look forward to many more members of the community embracing DARE in their personal and professional lives.

To find out more about how you or your local community groups can DARE to be DisABILITY Friendly, visit the DARE website or call us on 03 9689 3437