Access

All about Access - to the Home, in the Community, at Work. 


Access in the Built Environment

Read all about how to ensure that the urban environment is accessible for all......


Access to Entertainment Venues and Tourist spots

Most major entertainment venues and tourist spots have good levels of access. For a venue to be classified as accessible for everyone it must have elements such as level entry, level paths and ramps and a wheelchair accessible toilet and facilities. The same things apply to indoor venues such as restaurants, theatres, museums and stadiums, and outdoors in parks and markets. Check websites or call venues to ask for specific details.
However there might be fewer needs to consider when planning for an individual. The starting point is to think about what you want to do and not to limit yourself to perfectly accessible places that are listed in a guidebook.

For many people the prime consideration is whether there is a wheelchair accessible toilet, either with the space to transfer onto it or with the privacy to selfcatheterise or use other equipment. The particular place you’d like to go might not have one, but there could be one nearby in a hotel, café, library, public toilet block etc. You may not need to use a toilet if you have a secure bowel program and use a catheter with large capacity bag or bottle that does not need to be emptied or can be emptied into a container or onto grass. People with quadriplegia might not be able to independently transfer out of their wheelchair and require a hoist, so a bowel or bladder accident could mean cutting the outing short even if there is an accessible toilet available.

If a venue has a step to get in to but everything else is suitable then you might not mind being helped in or you could take a portable ramp. Call SCInfo on 02 9661 8855 for a list of suppliers. Transport to and from the venue will need to be considered. Unless you have your own vehicle that is appropriate the options are accessible taxis or public transport. In Sydney call 8332 0200 to book a wheelchair accessible taxi and for information about accessible buses, trains and ferries call 131 500 or go to www.131500.info.


Job Access 

JobAccess is a free information and advice service about the employment of people with disability. JobAccess helps people with disability, employers, service providers and the community to access information about services, financial assistance and workplace solutions. You can find useful information about reasonable adjustments, disclosure of disability, disability employment case studies, tools and checklists.

Job Access provides the Employment Assistance Fund, which is a fund to help people with disability to improve their access to work. It can help with the costs of installing accessible doors, ramps, adjusting heights of switches, assistive technology, Auslan interpreting and disability awareness training. For more information go to the Job Access website.


Courses to become an Access Auditor

People working as access consultants generally have occupational therapy, architecture, building or engineering qualifications; or in some cases have used their own experiences as a person with a disability. Their professional ability has been developed by further study of the relevant legislation, codes and standards.

The Independent Living Centre of New South Wales offers a Professional Certificate in Accessible Buildings in association with the Master Builders Association of NSW and the Building Designers Association of NSW. 

The Institute of Access Training Australia provides professional development and training in ‘Access for All’. This is aimed at people with responsibilities for ensuring equitable access is provided, to all services, facilities, communications, events, information, employment and the built environment, for people with disabilities and a range of access challenges.


Access Committees

Many friends and staff of Spinal Cord Injuries Australia belong and/or actively participate in their local communities through access related committees. Predominantly these are council based committees. The purpose of our involvement is to ensure that the built environment continues to be more accessible for all people.

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