City of Lake Macquarie Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017-2021 - page 13

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Disability Inclusion Action Plan
2017–2021
Lake Macquarie City
COMMUNITYPROFILE
Lake Macquarie City’s population is
more than 204,000 being the largest
city in the Lower Hunter and the
seventh highest population in NSW. The
population is expected to increase by
24,450 by 2036 (Hunter Regional Plan
2036, NSW Department of Planning).
Lake Macquarie is a landscape of more
than 780 square kilometres, comprising
beaches, lake and mountains and is
home to one of the largest coastal
saltwater lakes in Australia.
WHAT IS DISABILITY?
The definition of disability in the
Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA)
is as broad as possible. It includes:
physical, intellectual, psychiatric,
sensory, neurological, learning
disabilities, physical disfigurement and
the presence in the body of disease
causing organisms. Disability, with
reference to the DDA as it relates to a
person means:
• total or partial loss of the person’s
bodily or mental functions; or
• total or partial loss of a part of the
body; or
• the presence in the body of
organisms causing disease or
illness; or
• the presence in the body of
organisms capable of causing
disease or illness; or
• the malfunction, malformation
or disfigurement of a part of the
person’s body; or
• a disorder or malfunction that results
in the person learning differently
from a person without the disorder
or malfunction; or
• a disorder, illness or disease
that affects a person’s thought
processes, perception of reality,
emotions or judgment or that results
in disturbed behaviour; and includes
a disability that:
- presently exists; or
- previously existed but no
longer exists; or may exist in
the future; or
- is imputed to a person.
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