It is through the voices and stories of the disability sector that Australia may continue the journey towards understanding the needs of people with disability. Australia wants to recognise the rights of every individual!
And we would like to congratulate Australia for our efforts – the most recent news items have presented a very rare discovery of social change:
ACCESSIBILITY FOR ALL!
It seems like such a simple movement towards inclusion, and it is certainly an issue that has remained afloat for a length of time.
The federal government has announced minimum access requirements for public buildings built or renovated from the 1st of May 2011. There will be uniform building rules across Australia to end the isolation felt by as many as 4 million people who cannot properly use public facilities.
SHOPS, hotels and offices will soon be forced to widen corridors, install ramps and renovate toilets under new rules to improve access for the elderly, families with prams and people with disabilities. The rules will also include swimming pools, cinemas and common areas of blocks of flats (NB: information taken from an article from the Sydney Morning Herald).
Welcome to ACCESSIBILITY Australia!!!