For nine years we have celebrated Accessibility Weekend in Victoria and this year it’s taking place on 16th and 17th November. It’s an event where attractions across the area open their doors for free to wheelchair users and individuals with disabilities, also giving free entrance to their carers too.
The event is part of Spinal Injury Awareness Week and is organised by Independence Australia – a not for profit organisation which supports people living with disability across the country. The organisation has been working for over 50 years to support people with all types of disability providing opportunities, supporting independence and campaigning for inclusion.
Accessibility Weekend is a chance to celebrate inclusion and campaign for further community access to venues across the area.
Venues for Everyone
Over 20 venues are involved with Accessibility Weekend 2013 and there is truly something for everyone. Wheelchair users can enjoy a wide range of local attractions for free and below are four different attractions in the spotlight.
Murray River Paddlesteamers
Take the chance to ride upon the river from the comfort of a classic paddlesteamer. Travel down the river in unique style and relax completely during the slow-paced trip. Disabled access is possible to all except those using motorised wheelchairs.
Maru Koala and Animal Park
This is a great one for children and adults alike. There’s the chance to get up close and personal with one of Australia’s most popular mammals – the koala. Try hand feeding koalas and wallabies as a whole family and it’s one where you definitely won’t want to forget your camera.
National Gallery of Victoria
For a bit of culture there are a range of art venues getting involved in the weekend including The National Gallery of Victoria. It is made up of two separate galleries – one which focuses on international art and the other which is home of an indigenous Australian art collection
Living Legends pays tribute to the powerful, champion racehorses of the area. There’s the chance to actually meet some of the race-winning steeds in their paddocks on a tour of the paddocks and the surrounding area also includes the chance to spot wild kangaroos and enjoy the natural landscape.
Don’t Forget your Trabasack
As a wheelchair user on the go one thing you’ll need, wherever you’re visiting, is your Trabasack. Your portable lap tray and bag guarantees you’ve always got a safe study surface to keep anything you need to hand on top of. It’s great for storing all the other bits and bobs you need nearby.
We hope you all get the chance to enjoy Accessibility Weekend 2013 and look forward to seeing it being another big success.