Elderly disabled woman wins legal battle over access to her Travancore apartment

A 76-year-old woman with physical disabilities forced to ask strangers on the street to help her open the door to her Travancore building has won a significant legal case in which two owners corporations were ordered to pay her $10,000 and install automated doors and ramps in the building.

In a decision hailed as a victory for Victorians with disabilities, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal found that the owners corporations maintaining the complex had discriminated against Anne Black, a legally blind pensioner reliant on a wheelchair or scooter, by failing to make reasonable adjustments to the building’s common areas to accommodate her disability.

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Accessibility, Access, Inclusion, Housing, Accommodation, Tenancy, Human Rights, Social Justice, Case Studies

Alison Worral


Date published:
Mon 7th Jan, 2019