Disabled in Norwood Payneham and St Peters
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Do you have problems getting your wheelchair/mobility scooter around the streets of NPSP?
Are the bumps in footpaths so bad you worry about your safety either walking or on a mobility device?
Are ramps at intersections dangerous to scooters/wheelchairs?
Are you visually impaired and having problems because of goods, A-frames, etc. on the footpath?
Is signage appropriate?
Are there Tactile Ground Surface Indicators at appropriate places?
Are you prevented from shopping or attending to other business by steps in front of shops?
Do library services meet your needs?
Are bench seats in the street so low you can't get up?
Can you reach over counters from your wheelchair?
Can you actually get what you need from HACC services?
Do you need a list of competent and empathetic tradespeople at a reasonable rate?
Do you need help putting out your rubbish bin?
Are members of council staff empathetic to your needs?
Do you feel you have been consulted?
Is council disseminating enough information about disability issues? Can you read all of it?
I invite you to contact me with details of your needs as a disabled person and with details of how you might see Council assisting.
In discussion with those who have contacted me over the last 12 months or so we have achieved some positive response. Details of these are accessible through the links to newsletters on the left. It is not expected that everything will be achieved in an extremely brief period, as obviously some changes require expenditure. Rather we are working towards assisting Council to meet our needs as required under various standards ensuing from the Disability Discrimination Act (1992).
I am acting as a focal point to
collect information about the disabled residents of
NPSP and invite you to contact me on 8362 5526 or by
Developing the Access Guide website to
traders in NPSP is continuing. This is a
lengthy process and any assistance would be
appreciated as would any comments on businesses in
the Council area.
The attention of Norwood Parade Precinct
Committee has been drawn to issues impacting on the
disabled in their quest to shop locally, and to the
Access Guide, but no response has been received to
either of two communications. Hopefully they
will appreciate that if people find a business
difficult or impossible to use, it will be by-passed
and some traders are losing up to 20% of business.
Businesses are referred to "Missed Business"
which illuminates some of the things businesses and
councils can do to assist the disabled.
Or contact us for a copy.
ACCESS AND INCLUSION ACTION PLAN
Council engaged Purple Orange to prepare
a plan following their meeting with some members
of the disabled community earlier this
year. They have subsequently presented
Council with an Issues and Opportunities
This paper is being used as the basis for
the development of the new plan, which we await
... We now understand this will be early 2015.
Purple Orange and Council both have a
copy of our own Disability Action Plan.
Our Proposed Action Plan (.pdf)
Our Proposed Action Plan (.doc)
Earlier this year (2013) Council passed to
disallow in general the presence of outdoor
dining furniture next to the building line on
footpaths. This should improve the ability
of pedestrians of all sorts to have an unimpeded
passage along the path.
We are still waiting for a report from
staff on the placements of goods for trading on
the footpath. This report has continually
been put off, but we hope, when it comes, that
the results will lead to clearing footpaths and
allowing reasonable passage.
It is noted that there is already a
Council By-Law which says A-frames should be
adjacent to the kerb rather than the building.
COUNCIL WEB SITE
If you are intending to buy a
scooter you should in the first instance consult the
Independent Living Centre, 11 Blacks Rd, Gilles
Plains, ph 8266 5260, where you can try out a range of
scooters without anyone having a commercial interest
in what you buy.
Learning to ride a scooter, learning to ride it safely and within the Australian Road Rules, is a matter of gaining confidence both through practice and some gentle guidance.
This course is FREE. I have about 20 years experience riding my own scooter. I have held a driver's licence for over 50 years. I have been a teacher all my life.
The course will cover:
Courses will be arranged on an ad hoc basis as soon as possible after people have contacted me.
Courses will be held in the Norwood area.
Contact me on 8362 5526 or email
These are external sites and not
all are necessarily accessible for