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There are a number of ways the Northern Beaches is becoming more accessible and inclusive than ever. Being inclusive is all about adapting the way that products and services are provided to suit the needs of the whole community.

Disability Inclusion Award

The Northern Beaches Disability Inclusion Award recognises businesses on the Northern Beaches accommodating the needs of all customers regardless of ability.

Anyone can nominate a business for the Disability Inclusion Award, including customers, community members, businesses owners and staff.

Nominations usually open early April and close mid June each year. This year Awards will be presented on Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 December at Dee Why RSL Club.

NSW Companion Card

The NSW Companion Card program enables people with a lifelong need for a high level of care to participate in events and activities in the community. Participants are entitled to a free extra ticket for their carer at participating venues or events.

To find out if you are eligible or to apply for the program, visit the NSW Companion Card website.

Businesses, organisations, venues and events can sign up to be affiliates of the program on the NSW Companion Card website. Affiliates issue a companion ticket to participants of the program at no charge, and in return are provided an opportunity to demonstrate a commitment to social inclusion and tap into an underutilised market.

A full list of affiliate businesses is available online.

Resources

One in five Australians have some kind of disability, so making your business or service accessible is as good for businesses as it is for the community. There are a number of helpful resources available online to help your business or community group be more accessible and inclusive: