Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    Access initiative opens doors for people with disabilities

    16/11/2005 12:00 AM
     
    16/11/05

    A pilot project to improve access to the city’s shops and offices for people with disabilities is being expanded to other parts of the metropolitan area and State.

    Disability Services Minister Mark McGowan said the City of Perth trial of the ‘You’re Welcome WA Access Initiative’ was so successful that other local governments, a major State agency and a university were taking it up.

    You’re Welcome, a partnership with the Disability Services Commission, provides people with disabilities Internet and print-based information about how to access venues.

    It also gives information to businesses and community organisations about how to make their premises more accessible.

    “More than 100 businesses and community facilities within the City of Perth are already participating in the You’re Welcome scheme,” Mr McGowan said.

    “With the involvement now of Bassendean and Subiaco councils, Curtin University, CALM and others, You’re Welcome will make a big difference to the half-a-million Western Australians whose lives are affected by disability.”

    Under the You’re Welcome program, the results of surveys of local facilities, including hotels and cafes, are used to develop practical information to let people with disabilities and seniors know what services are accessible to them.

    You’re Welcome has been developed by the Disability Services Commission, the City of Perth, Tourism Western Australia, People with Disabilities, the WA Local Government Association, ACROD WA and the Ministerial Advisory Council on Disability.

    Mr McGowan said the strategy was developed in response to community consultation that identified access barriers across the business and community sectors.

    “As our population ages, the number of people with disabilities is increasing and community organisations and the private sector need to respond to that,” he said.

    “You’re Welcome is one of a range of strategies under which the Gallop Government aims to make WA the most accessible State in Australia for people with disabilities.”

    You’re Welcome information is available on the DSC website at http://www.dsc.wa.gov.au/1/86/48/Access__Un.pm and the City of Perth website at http://www.perth.wa.gov.au/html/vis13_waaccess.php.

    Minister's office: 9213 7000