Heritage buildings and places should be accessible to everyone, including people with mobility or sensory impairments, the elderly, parents with small children and anyone who has temporary disabilities as a result of illness or injury. Owners and managers of heritage properties should commit themselves to creating a situation in which this can be achieved.
The word “access” is widely interpreted to include access to and within any building or site, access to all facilities and services and to any information. The objective is to provide a barrier free environment for all visitors.
Providing access to buildings for people with disabilities is required under the Disability Discrimination Act. Nevertheless, there is also a need to conserve our heritage places and not to alter them in ways that adversely affect their significance.
Equal Access Pty Ltd will help develop a strategy that will address these issues with a common sense approach.
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