Dis­abil­ity ac­cess lack­ing in city

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - South Perth - Su­sanne Reilly

SOUTH Perth res­i­dent Ros Harman can not be­lieve that sev­eral shops along An­gelo Street do not have dis­abil­ity ac­cess.

The 52-year-old has mul­ti­ple sclero­sis and has been us­ing a wheel­chair full-time for the past eight years.

She said she had be­come more aware of the dif­fi­cul­ties faced by peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.

She said there were sev­eral shops along An­gelo Street in older build­ings that did not have ac­cess for her but the post of­fice was one that af­fected her most.

“There’s quite an older pop­u­la­tion in South Perth so I thought they would be more ac­com­mo­dat­ing,” she said.

“It wouldn’t be that hard to put a ramp over

■ the stairs. Lucky for me I have a neigh­bour that takes care of my postal needs for me.”

An Aus­tralia Post spokesper­son said the Aus­tralia Post Ac­ces­si­bil­ity Plan high­lighted its proac­tive and pub- lic com­mit­ment to tak­ing a lead role in im­prov­ing ac­ces­si­bil­ity for Aus­tralians with dis­abil­ity and their car­ers.

The An­gelo Street build­ing is not owned by Aus­tralia Post.

Ac­cord­ing to the Dis­abil­ity Ser­vices Com­mis­sion, Com­mon­wealth and State leg­is­la­tion re­quires ap­pli­ca­tions for new or re­fur­bished build­ings to be ac­ces­si­ble by peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.

Ros Harman, who has mul­ti­ple sclero­sis, says she is shocked that very few shops along busy An­gelo Street have dis­abil­ity ramps.

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