Get your priorities right
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?