Living with Disability

Hornsby Shire Council works with the community to help people living with a disability play, socialise, learn, work and access services.

Council hosts a range of events each year for people living with a disability, particularly as part of the Healthy Living Festival that is held in March and April each year.

We can also help if you are having trouble with access or getting around Hornsby Shire. Click here to see our Access and Inclusion page.

If you’re looking for a service or a group to join check out the  Disability Services Directory and the NDIS Providers Directory.

Hornsby Shire Council also has a Disability Action Plan - Living with Disability - 62kb

To discuss support for people living with a disability contact Sue Downing on 9847 6889 or email

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

The NDIS will be rolled out to the Hornsby Council area from July 2016.

For more information about how the NDIS may benefit you, visit

The Disability Information Helpline

The Disability Information Helpline is now available for people with disability who need help because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Helpline can help families, carers, support workers and services, too.

Contact the Disability Information Helpline on 1800 643 787.

The Helpline is available Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm (AEST) and Saturday and Sunday 9am to 7pm (AEST). It’s not available on national public holidays.

Visit for more information, including Auslan and Easy Read materials.

Free, independent counselling and advocacy support

Available for people with disability who have experienced violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation. This support can also help people, including families and carers, engage with the Disability Royal Commission. If you would like support or to find out more, call 1800 421 468 or visit Support is here for you. Visit the Department of Social Services’ website for more information including captioned videos, Easy Read and Auslan resources, a toolkit to help with communications, and a full list of organisations providing counselling, advocacy, legal and financial supports for the Disability Royal Commission.

Disability Inclusion Action Plans (DIAP) Resources

Uniting Local Area Coordination have been busy developing resources to support the development and participation in Disability Inclusion Action Plans (DIAP).

If you support someone with a disability or are a person with disability and have some ideas about how your community could be more accessible and inclusive, DIAP planning and subsequent activities are one of the best ways to have voices heard.

A video was launched last year which can be used to help people with disability, their families and carers to understand just what a Disability Inclusion Action Plan is and how you can get involved! The video can be found at:

We have now developed a downloadable and printable resource to compliment this video! You can find our new DIAP resource by visiting

In the coming months, this downloadable resource will be available in a variety of languages which we will be sure to keep you updated with.

Have feedback on these resources? Want to propose a language translation for the resource? Don’t hesitate to reach out to our DIAP project lead Jess Runge at

2022 School Leaver Employment Supports program (Aspect Employment)

Our School Leaver Employment Supports program is inclusive of group workshops, practical work experience and individualised support.

The program is aimed at Year 12 School leavers, making transition from school to meaningful employment.

Face to Face session at Burwood and Baulkham hills in NSW Online webinars/Telehealth session in NSW/ACT/VIC

Places are limited so please contact us on 1800 277 328.

Learning Together Toolkit: Tools to help you get the support you need in education

Learning Together is a toolkit for students with disability and their families. This toolkit provides advocacy tips and legal information.

If you are a student: This toolkit will help you to get the reasonable adjustments you need so that you can succeed in mainstream education.

If you are a parent or carer: This toolkit will help you to advocate for your child so that they can get the reasonable adjustments they need to succeed in mainstream education.

Find out more about the Learning Together Toolkit: Tools to help you get the support you need in education

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