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Easy Access: What does "Accessible Accommodation" really mean?

by Bruce Mumford

Information for accommodation providers to assist them in understanding what accessibility means and how to assess the accessibility of their business for people with disability. Published: August 2009

Maritime inclusive environments and practice

by Scott Rains

The Waypoint-Backstrom Principles assume the principles of Universal Design but with emphasis on maritime environments and accessibility of water craft by passengers with disability, including issues of embarkation and debarkation, intermodal transport, personal safety, and human impact on the natural environment. Published: September 2007

Inclusion, not Exclusion

by Jeromie Ballreich

A short essay about accessibility and inclusion of students with disability within educational and campus life. Published: March 2007

Access All Areas: Tips from an Access Auditor

by Robin Kettle

Two short articles on Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant solutions for the built environment, including the often overlooked issue of egress (access out of the building in an emergency) and the importance of colour contrast for people with vision impairments. Published: August 2005

Thoughts on access

by Robyn Perham

Robyn Perham is a well-known disability rights advocate. In her latest article she puts forward her plan for creating greater access in our community and calls for all Australians to help make Australia an accessible country. Published: June 2005

Beyond Appearances - Architecture and the senses

by Alan Saunders

If there is a bias in western culture towards one sense over the others then that sense is sight. And the ocular bias is nowhere more evident than in contemporary architecture, where appearances seem to mean everything. So has architecture's potential to stimulate other senses largely been ignored? Meanwhile, in a world where buildings are predominantly judged by what they look like, how does someone without sight measure whether a building is a good building or a bad one? Published: November 2004

DDA accessibility guidelines for public amenities

by Robin Kettle

Studies in the United Kingdom have shown many accessible public toilets in hotels, shops and similar premises are not only illegal but dangerous, and could result in the company being sued. People with disabilities are being put at risk, and under the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), the companies that offer such facilities are also putting themselves at risk. Published: January 2004

A right to access!

by Robyn Gobert

Robyn, disability advocate and access consultant, writes about her experiences concerning access in tropical Queensland. Published: August 2001

See through barriers

by Marie Laporte-Stark

Information about making conferences and events accessible to people who are blind. Published: February 2000

Creating a more accessible and equitable environment

by Penny Knudson

For a person with limited mobility, vision or hearing, the physical environment can either facilitate or limit their independence. Find out some specific issues to consider when assessing access in the built environment. Published: December 1999

2000 Olympic Games paves the way for accessibility

by Ann Gibson

Accessing public venues has often proved a difficult exercise for people with a disability. However, the NSW Government is leading the way by addressing this form of discrimination through the Olympic Games building program. Published: September 1999

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