Get your pri­or­i­ties right

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

I AM for­tu­nate enough to work in the aged care and dis­abil­ity in­dus­tries and have done so for the last 12 years. Some weeks ago, I was sup­port­ing a gen­tle­men who utilises an elec­tric wheel­chair for mo­bil­ity to ac­cess the com­mu­nity. Imag­ine my sur­prise when he went to en­ter the lo­cal newsagency and then dis­cov­ered there was no ramp. When I went to in­quire whether there was a por­ta­ble ramp we could use, the girl in the shop replied ‘‘no’’ and then had to serve this gen­tle­man on the foot­path. I then be­gan to take note of stores in our town that are wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble and found them se­verely lack­ing. The elec­tron­ics store, the bank, at least one pub, Life­line and even the op­tometrist are not wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble. This is 2013. Why are we dis­crim­i­nat­ing against peo­ple that need a lit­tle bit of ex­tra help to ac­cess our town?

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