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Free access to Victoria's top tourist attractions

Free access to Victoria's top tourist attractionsVictoria's favourite tourist attractions have teamed up with disability organisation Independence Australia to host Accessibility Weekend (November 15–16). Now in its tenth year, Accessibility Weekend will see over 20 attractions across Victoria open their doors for free to wheelchair users and their carers.

Accessibility Weekend is held as part of the national campaign Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week (November 9–16) and celebrates the importance of access and inclusion for people living with a physical disability.

Suzanne Ryan-Evers, Communications Manager at Independence Australia explains, "Events like Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week and Accessibility Weekend are important in helping to create community awareness about spinal cord injury and the importance of an accessible and welcoming community for people with mobility issues."

Participating in Accessibility Weekend is SEALIFE Melbourne Aquarium who will provide wheelchair users with full access to all exhibits, including Croc Lair and Penguin Playground across the weekend.

The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) on St Kilda Road will also be offering free access to those in wheelchairs and their carers. As part of Accessibility Weekend the iconic Melbourne gallery will provide free entry to the highly anticipated exhibition 'The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk'.

Anthony Gray, who acquired a spinal cord injury at 19 years old, joined Independence Australia's mascot Captain Independence at SEALIFE Melbourne Aquarium recently. Commenting on Accessibility Weekend Anthony said, "It's great to see so many attractions opening their doors to people who have a mobility issue and encouraging access for all."

Anthony is also sharing his experiences of spinal cord injury during Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week in a bid to emphasise the statistics which suggest that spinal cord injury most commonly affects young men between the ages of 15-24 years old. Alarmingly, while the most common causes of spinal cord injury are preventable, 350-400 new cases of spinal cord injury are reported each year in Australia. That's more than one each day!

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