Dis­abled is­sues

Sunday Mail - - OPINION -

IT seems that plan­ning for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties at the Royal Ade­laide Hos­pi­tal has been slap­dash at best.

There were orig­i­nally no toi­lets with change ta­bles and hoists for dis­abled pa­tients and visi­tors (ex­cept in the spinal ward), and ac­ces­si­ble car park­ing was ac­tu­ally re­duced at the new site com­pared to the orig­i­nal RAH.

Lit­tle won­der then that many peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties con­tinue to feel like sec­ond­class ci­ti­zens in their own com­mu­nity, when even the Gov­ern­ment fails to un­der­stand the ev­ery­day needs that they face.

With­out the solid work of Kelly Vin­cent in the Up­per House, these and other is­sues would not have been rec­ti­fied.

Ide­ally, we would have a gov­ern­ment that is more re­spon­sive and proac­tive about the spe­cific needs of peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, rather than a retrofitting regime work­ing to cover up avoid­able mis­takes. RICK NEAGLE Pres­i­dent, Dig­nity Party Kens­ing­ton Gar­dens to merge with the Woodville Glen­garry Ten­nis Club which will re­sult in the loss of one club in the com­pe­ti­tion.

The de­vel­op­ment will have new ten­nis courts only for the use of the high school. Liv­ing in a coun­cil with the least open space of any in SA, I’d like to thank the Mem­ber for Chel­tenham, Mr Weather­ill, for look­ing af­ter res­i­dents. NANCY FA­HEY


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