As many Australians look forward to emerging from lockdown conditions, and the resulting freedom of mobility and access to venues and locations we’ve all missed, it is worth reflecting that a significant number of the population have their mobility and access restricted in various physical and social ways every day.
With the recent conclusion of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic and Olympic Games, now is a pertinent time to reflect on inclusivity and accessibility programs within Australia.
In a well-meaning attempt to increase accessibility for those that need it, State and Federal Government Ministers have recently signed off on new minimum standards for accessible housing, to be enacted via the National Construction Code 2022.
In late 2019, a couple of business leaders attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, started tackling the issue of gross under-representation of people with disabilities in the workforce.
Australia’s heritage buildings give us a structural connection to the past and our forefathers’ way of life.
Australians with disabilities account for 20% of the population yet only 4.