The recently launched Access to Premises Campaign Kit is a great accesss resource that addresses the issues of up to 4 Million Australians who are unable to access their own communities. Its aim is to help people with disability gain more power and control in their lives by helping them to assert their rights and to share their stories within the community in which they live.
The Kit is also available in Easy English and provides information and tools to people with a disability that will help them speak out about the lack of access to businesses and services that they face in their local communities, including information about how to run a targetted campaign, the different phases of information gathering, educating the community and lobbying government.
“The secret to running a community based campaign is to make the issues as local and as personal as possible. You need to have up-to-date information about access in your local community. You need to let members of your local community know how being able to access local businesses is going to affect people with disability and others both personally and professionally. You then need to get this information to the people in power so they can make the changes that are needed.”
The Access to Premises Campaign Kit has been prepared for the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO). AFDO is the peak national body for organisations of people with disability.