Transport is an important part of life and independence. For people who live with disabilities, access can sometimes be a struggle. The Australian Disability Parking Scheme (ADPS) includes an Australian Disability Parking Permit, which is a nationally recognised program designed to measure levels of physical disability against consistent eligibility criteria and reduce barriers to travel and mobility for members of the disability community.
In a world where to be able-bodied is to be accepted as a member of the social majority, positive disability representation can be hard to come by. Often used in the context of humour, pity, innocence or inspiration, disability becomes a repetitive stereotype as the media miss opportunities for inclusion and normalisation.
Challenging and competitive, adapted fencing is a much-loved Paralympic sport, requiring precision, technique, and physical strength. Like traditional fencing, adapted fencing, which requires that athletes compete from their wheelchairs, is focussed on reflex and agility skills.
Making its Paralympic debut way back in 1984, Boccia is renowned for its accessibility and is fast becoming one of the most popular Paralympic sports. Unique in that it is one of just two Paralympic sports without an Olympic counterpart, Boccia is precise, competitive and wonderfully inclusive.
When a member of a family lives with disabilities, fun and inclusive activities are a must! From zoos to fun parks, museums to movies, Australia has so much on offer! These are some of the country’s best inclusive spots for family fun: