Access Alert is the name of an awareness campaign developed by JFA Purple Orange about access issues.
Our research tells us that many people living with disability experience access difficulties on a regular basis.
An access issue is anything that stops a person from being able to use an amenity that is available to the public. An amenity may include shops, car parks, cinemas, libraries, public transport, recreation parks, and many others.
Barriers causing access issues can include:
- Physical barriers - that stop people using mobility aids from getting into and around a venue, or make it hard for a person with a visual or hearing impairment to use the venue.
- Economic barriers – if an amenity has an additional charge for a person with a particular need to use a venue.
- Attitude barriers – where the attitude and behaviour of staff at a venue serves to diminish or discourage a person living with disability from using the venue.
- Resource barriers – where there are no people employed at the amenity to assist someone living with disability.
All organisations have obligations under the federal Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
How we hope it will help
Many organisations may be unaware of the access issues that exist in their amenities. We carefully designed the Access Alert! campaign to capture people’s attention and encourage them to become more educated about access issues.
The campaign is about active Citizenhood, and it is through the actions and voices of citizens that things change for the better.
Purple Orange has produced an Access Alert! postcard that can be respectfully posted to venues.
This bright red, oversized postcard allows the sender to record examples of access issues encountered, and provides contact details for Purple Orange, offering further guidance.
It also reminds the venue of their legal obligations.
You can purchase packs of Access Alert! postcards directly from us. Contact us to find out more.