Too many of my friends have told me of being abused by strangers when using an accessible (or “disabled”) parking space. Sometimes there is a note left under the windscreen wiper – “you should be ashamed of yourself, I saw you and there’s nothing wrong with you. I’ve taken your license plate and will report … Continued
New Whittlesea Mayor Kris Pavlidis has come under fire for parking in a designated disabled spot while attending the launch of a new cafe for people with intellectual disabilities.
Due to lack of accessible public transport and personal transport options, many people with disabilities rely on taxis as their only means to access work, social engagements and civic duties. Most require taxi services to complement their public transport use.
The Victorian government has announced it is cutting the cost of registration for wheelchair users who modify their cars to drive, but disability advocates say people with disabilities’ access to public transport also needs to improve.
The Andrews Labor Government is cutting the cost of registration for wheelchair users who have had their vehicles significantly modified to allow them to drive. Disabled drivers will now be able to apply for a 100% concession on their vehicle registration fee.
Disability service providers across Australia are considering shedding their transport services because there is no funding commitment in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to directly cover the costs of maintaining vehicles.
At the end of a long day at a work event in Melbourne’s CBD, Chrissy Thompson and a friend decided to catch an Uber home. But when the driver pulled up he immediately refused to take her, saying her wheelchair wouldn’t fit in his large sedan.
The Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport (2002) (Transport Standards) have a five-year schedule for review, with the most recent review having been undertaken in 2012 and a new one scheduled to commence sometime this year.
An intellectually disabled and autistic young Victorian man has won the next step in his battle for the National Disability Insurance Scheme to cover his work transport costs.
“These individuals are actually treating us like dogs. This is how you feel. It’s literally like, ‘No animals allowed’. You cannot travel with this dog on board. I’m sorry,” says 45-year-old Brisbane resident, David Wadge.