A record year at Accessibility Weekend

A record breaking year at Accessibility WeekendThe weekend of the 14-15 November saw Victoria’s most popular tourist attractions open their doors for Accessibility Weekend 2015. Organised by Independence Australia, the event provides free access for wheelchair users and a carer to over 30 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 (8 - 15 November).

Penguin Parade, IMAX Theatre and Heide Museum of Modern Art were just some of the participating venues which welcomed a record 160 wheelchair users throughout the course of the 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:

  • “It gave me an excuse to take my brother out and gave me a reason to talk to colleagues about accessibility.”
  • “Went to a venue I couldn’t usually afford.”
  • “My partner was well looked after, staff went out of their way to welcome us.”
  • “Having the opportunity to visit what we would not normally consider an accessible site.”
  • “Being out with my family enjoying attractions we wouldn't normally visit.”

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 Bec Casey from Preston. Bec visited Kryal Castle near Ballarat during Accessibility Weekend and sent in this wonderful snap of Riley (left) and Oskar (right) enjoying the pantomime. It’s clear to see they all had a fantastic day out – congratulations Bec!

To see more of the competition entries click here.

See you all in 2016!