Accessibility Weekend 2014 a great success

Accessibility Weekend 2014 a great successThe weekend of the 15 -16 November saw Victoria's most popular tourist attractions open their doors for Accessibility Weekend 2014. Organised by Independence Australia and celebrating its 10th year, the event provides free access for wheelchair users and a carer to over 20 of the region's top attractions.

Celebrating the importance of access and inclusion for people living with a physical disability, Accessibility Weekend is held as part of the national campaign, Spinal Cord Injuries Awareness Week (10 - 16 November).

Across the weekend attractions including The National Gallery of Victoria, Rod Laver Arena and SEALIFE Melbourne Aquarium saw many wheelchair users embracing Accessibility Weekend. Everyone that took part really enjoyed being able to access such a variety of venues for free and safe in the knowledge that they were wheelchair friendly.

We asked attendees what they enjoyed most about Accessibility Weekend and here's what a few of them had to say:

  • The amount of people with disability who attended, it is good to see people outside their homes, happy faces, excitement, just a piece of joy.

  • The ability to be able to afford to go out with family and friends.

  • Being free from economic barriers, to be inclusive.

  • The opportunity to experience something that I would not have done if I'd had to pay an entry fee.

We asked those who visited an attraction as part of Accessibility Weekend to send in their snaps for a chance to win a $100 VISA gift card. After looking through some fantastic pictures from across the weekend we are pleased to announce the winner as Sarah Layfield.

Sarah visited SEALIFE Melbourne Aquarium during Accessibility Weekend and sent in this wonderful snap. It's clear to see Sarah had a truly enjoyable day out -congratulations Sarah!

See you all in 2015!