Disability

The Disability Discrimination Act places duties on public authorities, when carrying out their functions, to have due regard to:

•           promote positive attitudes towards disabled people

•           encourage participation by disabled people in public life

These are collectively referred to as ‘the disability duties’.

Disability Action Plan
The council has produced a Disability Action Plan which explains how we can fulfil the disability duties. Download the plan below. You can request an alternative format, including braille and minority languages, by contacting the council on 0300 013 3333.

Our Disability Action Plan ensures that the council fulfils its statutory obligations in compliance with Section 49A of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA 1995) (as amended by Article 5 of the Disability Discrimination (Northern Ireland) Order 2006).

The plan outlines the actions and processes that the council will undertake to ensure that issues facing people with disabilities or their carers, are effectively mainstreamed within council decision making processes and service delivery.

The Disability Action Plan is monitored annually and a report presented to the council and submitted to the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland each August.

AccessAble - the new name for Disabled Go

Ards and North Down Borough Council work with AccessAble.  AccessAble offers information on access to buildings/venues across the UK.  Visit the website for more information on access to  venues in the borough and further afield. For more information please visit the AccessAble website

Changing Places
There are currently two Changing Places in Council facilities. They are located in:

  • Bangor Aurora Aquatics and Leisure Complex
  • Comber Leisure Centre

Additional Changing Places will be located in the new Ards Blair Mayne Wellbeing and Leisure Complex (opening December 2018) and also at Groomsport Harbour. 

For more information about Changing Places please visit Changing Places website

Buddycard Scheme
Ards and North Down Borough Council wants to help people with a disability to attend events and use Council sport and leisure faciltities. The Buddycard allows an accompanying helper to get in free. Any child or adult with a disability who requires assistance can apply for a Buddycard.

Application forms can be downloaded below or picked up from the following places:

  • North Down Museum, Ards Arts Centre or the Visitor Information Centres in Bangor or Newtownards
  • Aurora Leisure Centre, Queens Leisure Complex, Bangor Sportsplex, Ards Leisure Centre, Londonderry Park Pavilion, Comber Leisure Centre or Portaferry Sports Centre
  • Reception of the Town Hall, Bangor or Church Street, Newtownards
  • By phoning the Council and requesting for a form to be posted out: please telephone 0300 013 3333