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  • Opportunities for Artists living with disability to exhibit their skills do not yet occur in sufficient numbers in Australia there are an incredible number of talented Artists nationwide. All that is needed is an increase in locations and organizations with the enthusiasm to provide the opportunity to Exhibit and resultantly further the opportunity for artists to express themselves in a way that transcends any impairment in order to be recognized for their skill and ability.

  • Exclusivity of the surf has vanished it no longer exists thanks to the provision of availability and accessibility that is provided by Surfability for everybody, Whatever the degree of disability or impairment a person may suffer from Surfability provides accessibility to the waves the joy and the exhilaration of surfing and it is there for all thanks to Surfability. The Disabled Surfers Association in Australia is certainly putting smiles on dials.

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  • The difference between an Access Appraisal and an Access Audit relates to the level of detail assessed in relation to access and the level of detail provided in the report.

  • Our Disability Access Consultancy Services consist of Existing Premises Access Audits and Appraisals, Action Plans, Alternative Solutions for Access Compliance, Desk Top Audits, Adaptable Housing Checklists and Audits.

  • For New Multi-Unit Development in Sydney the proportion of dwellings that are required to be Adaptable will vary from local Council to Council.

  • Accessible playgrounds are designed to provide play opportunities for children with a wide range of access challenges such as mobility disabilities, vision and hearing impairment, intellectual disabilities and development delay.

  • Recent World News from a Brilliant website called Accessibleplaygrounds,net who specialize in providing News regarding Accessible Playgrounds, Inclusive Playgrounds, Universally Accessible Playgrounds, ADA and DDA compliant Playgrounds and Boundless Playgrounds.

  • A Obvius Access Action Plan integrates all of the recommendation of an Access Audit into prioritised achievable steps and then identifies the action needed to implement each of these steps into eliminating discriminatory practices from your business.We can provide Action plans with short term strategies (6-12 months) medium term strategies (2-3 years) and long term strategies (3-5 years).

  • Obvius Access will use the Adaptable housing checklist schedule as a guide to meeting the required Standards however, it should be noted that recognition of dwellings as an 'Adaptable House' will only be granted where the proposal also satisfies the requirements of AS4299.1995 and the BCA

  • An Alternative Solution is a building solution which complies with the Performance Requirements other than the Deemed-to-Satisfy (DIS) provisions of the BCA. Obvius Access can provide you with a comprehensive Alternative Solution that achieves the Performance Requirements of the BCA

  • Alternative Solutions are seen by many as a method of obtaining a Change of use Approval for Premises that on the surface appear to be unsuitable and non-compliant with legislation.

  • The World Record previously established in USA of 193 wheelchairs travelling in a continuous line for a period of one minute was today challenged successfully on the Gold Coast in Queensland Australia establishing a new World Record. A continuous travelling line of no less than 229 wheelchairs.

  • “While Kelly's intellect is supposed to be rather low, her achievements that are often great, go unnoticed. Kelly's letter to her sister is a monumental piece of work for someone with her intellectual disability. The whole exhibition was about exploring intellect." Anthony Joy; 2013

  • Tazia is one of a group of artists with disabilities who have been encouraged and helped by exhibiting their work by the not for profit organisation Heart and Sold which supports artists diagnosed with Down syndrome. They have a major exhibition planned for March next year at the famous Menier Gallery in Southwark London SE 1 it is called “Heart and Sold the Launch” lets hope they have a royal visitor.

  • At Obvius Access we write and many Articles relating to Disability Access. Below is a complete list of articles that have currently been republished on the Obvius Access web site

  • AS 1428 prescribes the requirements for physical access which should be considered in the planning, development and construction of all buildings and facilities. This Standard is referenced in the Access to Premises-Buildings) Standards, 2010, which generally align with the BCA and comprises 5 parts

  • The concluding statistics of the London Paralympics will certainly be a milestone in achievement not only for the Participating Paralympians but importantly for in the world wide perception of Athletes with Disabilities

  • The Latest Mental Health News from the ABC Australia. All the latest DDA, National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012 Articles and News

  • The video is about the Sutherland House Special needs school in Nottingham England, who entered a competition with a chance of winning fifty thousand pounds to enable them to update and replace their old decaying pre-existing special needs playground built in 1968 for autistic children.

  • Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes explains the case of King vs Jetstar, and looks at how little the Aviation Industry is Regulated by the DDA standards for Accessible Public Transport in Australia.

  • Surfers Paradise Esplanade is level, its access is wide allowing ease of access for mobility devices such as electric scooters, wheelchairs, cyclists and people with prams. The Esplanade has 6 accessible toilet blocks spread out at equal intervals, it has twin disabled parking bays

  • Disabled Australian and South Eastern Asian Adults with potential Entrepreneurial business skills are being encouraged to enter an increasingly large range of business educational and practical experience academic courses in both Australia and South East Asia.

  • The lifespan of the average Australian is becoming longer with each generation which means that there will be more people requiring Changeability toilets. It is possible that there are in Australia some standard accessible toilets that could be converted into fully accessible ones.

  • For those readers interested enough to find out about ChangeAbility I will explain the concept. Firstly it is the provision of fully accessible toilets. This statement probably leads you to ask the question. What is so special about a fully accessible toilet surely we have thousands of fully accessible disabled toilets in Australia? Unfortunately that would be wrong there are just 10 of them.

  • The Changing Places Consortium has launched its campaign on behalf of those people who cannot use standard accessible toilets.This includes people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and their carers, as well as many other disabled people.

  • Changing Places Toilets are different to Standard Accessible Toilets they meet the needs of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and their carers with extra features such as a height adjustable adult sized changing bench

  • This Inspirational Playground was designed to enable children with disabilities to have access to a playground where they could play outdoors and share side by side the same activity with their friends and siblings.

  • Contact Obvius Access Consultants today and take advantage of our years of experience and expertise in Disabled Access

  • Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes explains the good reasons why a DDA Action Plan is needed for Macquarie University, Sydney

  • On a flight between Adelaide and Brisbane a wheelchair-user Ms Sheila King was refused carriage. After Consulting a Sydney DDA adviser and the Human Rights Commission Ms King lodged a complaint under the Disability Discrimination Act. The bases of the complaint was that Jetstar's Two Wheelchair policy was Discriminatory, the case went to Federal court in 2012

  • Wheelchair user Julia Haraksin filed a Disability Discrimination complaint against Murrays Coaches before the Federal Court in Sydney after she tried to book a seat on one of its coaches. The bus company told her none of its coaches could take her because she uses a Wheelchair

  • A Court in Sydney has ruled that RailCorp breached the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) by failing to provide Audible Announcements on their NSW Rail network and therefore Discriminate against Visually Impaired people

  • Examples of DDA legal cases, news stories, and video's past and present home and abroad. Relating to Legislation, Compliance and Disability Discrimination access to public buildings and transport.

  • Information relating to Legislation such as Disabled Access, DDA, Human Rights, Disability Access Standards, The BCA, The Premises Standards, AS 1428, DDA Standards for Accessible Public Transport, DDA Aviation Standards, Unjustifiable Hardship and Compliance

  • The Solution was an agreed DDA Management Plan produced by the Project Team in conjunction with the Stores Operations Manager. The Plan evolved and recommended the installation of New Lifts in newly constructed Lift Shafts which would service the newly created intermediate Sales Floors.

  • Disability Discrimination Act and the new National Disability Insurance Scheme have the potential to create some major problems. How can they be solved?

  • A Desk top Access Audit Report is where we look at proposed plans for a project as opposed to an Existing premises Audit which has already been built and requires a site inspection. We assess the proposed design for usability and accessibility.

  • Yes Sydney has it all and something for everyone, except one thing “Changing Places Toilet Facilities” for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities.

  • With Disabled Access it may be difficult to understand why it is that the Design and Construction of Access Features must be precise. Why one single step on the Accessible Path Of Travel can create a no go area for a WheelChair user.

  • The requirements for totally safe external and internal Access and Egress to and from the Premises presented major challenges to the Design Team. It should be remembered this was almost 40 years ago. Thresholds were Doorsteps seen essential to accommodate milk bottles as they would fall over and smash if a Ramp was built. Guide Dogs were very rare sights.

  • As the Retirement Population of Australia is seen to be rapidly increasing in percentage terms the particular 20% or 1 in 5 of over 65 year olds will be seeking more and more accessible places for ‘Things to Do” Places to See” in their retirement years.

  • In Sydney Sometimes you pay $500 a night for an accessible room only to look at the back lane way when everyone else is looking at Sydney Harbour

  • Disability and Human Rights News from Queensland and Brisbane. The News is released from an excellent site called Disabled World. This site provides information and News to the Public, Disability Community and Organizations, as well as Disabled Rights Campaigners, via Articles, Press Releases and Videos

  • Scoop is The Premier Source for Developmental Disability News. This site provides information and News to the Public, Disability Community and Organizations, as well as Disabled Rights Campaigners, via Articles, Press Releases and Videos from the USA and around the world

  • Live Access News and Disability News through press releases from various News channels, and Media Organisations relating to Health, Human Rights legislation, Access Discrimination and Sport for people with Disabilities.

  • The Cricket Club’s Grounds man would put up a no parking reserved space notice for him on match days in future to reserve his spot for ease of access to the pavilion. Bunny’s second very early Disabled Accessible Parking Bay concept had evolved.

  • A Band comprising five disabled musicians and three able-bodied musicians is set to tour Australia following the release of a film Benda Bilili documenting their journey from the streets of Kinshasa to International Acclaim.

  • At half-time our fixture arranger let his secret out. The Goalkeeper has artificial legs. He had lost both legs during 1944. He was a heroic fighter pilot who was shot down and rescued after crashing. Amazingly he has challenged the disability

  • Up to the minute Disability News from Disabled World

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  • The Top 10 accessible playgrounds in the USA that the writers from accessibleplaygrounds.net would most like to visit.

  • By having an Existing Premises Access Audit and then implementing its recommendations you will be able to demonstrate that you meet your moral and legal responsibilities under Federal discrimination law (DDA),

  • Frequently asked questions relating to Disability Access, helpful information to assist and inform

  • Accredited Disability Access Consultants in Sydney NSW and Brisbane SE Queensland. Obvius provide DDA Access Reports for DA submissions, Alternative Solutions, Adaptable Housing & Action Plans.

  • Gold Cost Branch of Disabled Surfers Association of Australia held their first summer 2012 monthly “Lets go Surfing Hands on Day” at Flat Rock Beach Currumbin, Queensland.

  • Ireland first special needs playground has been opened by Ireland president Michael D Higgins in Navan, County Meath recently, an adapted space specially designed for sensory exploration with full access for children with disabilities. The playground is named ‘Is Féidir Linn’ which translates from Gaelic as ‘We are able".

  • In this Article the question being asked is how effective are the Complaints Mechanisms of the DDA when ordinary people many on a Disability Pension have to volunteer to expose themselves to David and Goliath like litigation Battles from their own funds.

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  • We are an Assessor for Livable Housing Australia, which will see Livability features in new homes performance rated with the Silver, Gold and Platinum LHA Quality Mark.

  • Contact LHA Assessor Daniel Bedwell at Obvius Access for a Livable Housing Audit on 0414220562 and to arrange for a copy of the development drawings to be forwarded. Obvius Access will then prepare a design assessment fee proposal for your approval

  • Australia's first all abilities playground Livvi's Place in Timbrell Park at Henley Marine Drive, Five Dock, Sydney an initiative of the City of Canada Bay Council, Touched by Olivia Foundation and Leighton Contractors

  • Breaking Disability News and Stories released from The New York Times USA

  • Sydney Disability Access Consultants Obvius provide Access Reports for DA submissions of multi dwelling apartments and Alternative solutions. Premises Standards & DDA compliance

  • Access Consultants at Obvius Access offer extensive experience in the fields of Existing Premises Audits and Appraisals, Action Plans, Alternative Solutions for Access Compliance, Desk Top Audits, Adaptable Housing Checklists and Reports

  • Past on-site Access Audits and desk top reviews undertaken by Obvius Access consultants

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  • Obvius Access Consultants current ongoing Access projects 2015 and recent Access Report which includes Alternative solutions, Adaptable Housing and Action Plans.

  • With the advancement of wheelchair sports such as wheelchair basketball and wheelchair Rugby plus athletic achievements of the Paralympians having a positive impact upon perception of Disability, people with disability cannot be excluded from using Skate parks.

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  • Before the War Bill had played topflight cricket and he certainly had not allowed his disability to stop his cricketing activities. The Surviving Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen had mostly all returned to their home towns after years of conflict some sadly with severe wounds causing permanent disability.

  • Australian Surfability events held by the Disabled Surfers Associated mainly last for a day and are attended by a wide ranging age group. The Events held in Costa Rica by Ocean Healing Group are for Children. If you can spare the time I will explain how Surfability evolved on both sides of the world in similar yet differing ways.

  • A brief summary of the ground breaking 1970 Chronically Sick and Disabled Act and the key provisions set down to improve access and support for people with disabilities

  • The BCA is a uniform set of technical provisions for the design and construction of buildings and other structures throughout Australia; it is referenced in all State and Territory building Legislation.

  • The Australian Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) came into effect in March 1993.The DDA prohibits unfair and unfavourable treatment against people with a Disability or their associates in a range of areas including education, employment, transport, accommodation, premises and footpaths used by the public.

  • The Premises Standards set performance and provide references to technical specification to ensure dignified access to, and use of, buildings for people with a Disability. They clarify the general Non-Discrimination provisions of the DDA in relation to the design construction and management of Buildings.

  • In this instance taken from stairs on a New York subway the 7th step riser from the stop is a fraction of an inch higher than the others which causes people to trip or loss balance depending on the manor in which they walk or run up the stairs

  • An Organisation or business might be able to successfully defend itself against a DDA complaint if it could show a Court that providing access would cause an 'Unjustifiable Hardship'

  • Videos relating to Disabled Access including DDA Compliance, Service Animals, DDA Standards for Accessible Public Transport, Trip Hazards and Step Transitions

  • In essence, a Standard is an agreed way of doing something. Each standard is developed by a committee made up of people with technical, business, academic, government and community wisdom and expertise.

  • Access consultants Obvius Access explain the meaning of the word "Obvius" The word OBVIU is derived from the Latin Language which literally when translated means “Being on the Way” or “Accessible” Derived from the use of “Ob” before and “Via” way.


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