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For some people with disabilities choosing where to live is very much about what is available in the local area. This usually involves:
• Services or facilities that are close to where you live,
• Transport around the community of your choice, and
• How easily you can get into buildings and services you need.
• Altering the level of the footpaths to make building entrances accessible
• Landscaping and street-scaping projects that make pathways accessible, and
• Constructing public toilets and other facilities to meet the Building Code of Australia standards.
One recent example of how a local council can improve the accessibility of the community is the Brisbane City Council's new Disability Improvement Program. This program aims to use the revenue raised from disability parking fines to fund a range of community improvement projects that will increase the accessibility of parks, pools, and public amenities for people with disabilities. This program is just one creative way in which this council is attempting to develop more inclusive communities in Brisbane.
The information here shows how people in some towns and suburbs have worked in community-minded ways to increase accessibility for people with disabilities. When this happens, the process usually involves councils or shires working together with people with disabilities that bring particular access issues to their attention.
Example of an accessible town: Innisfail
» What changes were made to Innisfail
» Historic buildings and access
» Innisfail swimming pool
» Transport around Innisfail
» Innisfail: A work in progress
» Information that guided the redesign of Innisfail
Example of an accessible suburb: Toowong
» What Toowong has to offer
» Connecting transport and access in Toowong
» Parks, bikeways and the Brisbane River
» Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens and the Planetarium
» Toowong: A work in progress
Finding accessible facilities
» Websites on accessible facilities
» Examples of councils making a difference
» Tips for making successful phone calls
No access? - You and the Disability Discrimination Act
How to make your town or suburb more accessible
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