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Australian Accessible Parking Scheme
Thursday 25 June 2009
Australian Accessible Parking Scheme Would Exclude Many People with Disabilities
This is for all of you Australians out there, because the few minutes of your time it will take to help are desperately needed.
The Australian government is currently working on new regulations for disabled parking. The idea is supposedly to harmonize all the different regulations across the nation and to cut down on abuse. You can read the discussion paper outlining the full proposal here (pdf). Here are the basic requirements to get a permit under the proposed scheme:
Cara then goes on:
What’s the problem? Lauredhel, who would be directly impacted by these new regulations if they were to go into effect, lays it out:
Invisible disabilities — such as fibromyalgia, to name only one of many — are, it apparently bears reminding, still disabilities. And people with invisible disabilities deserve and need access to the world just as much as the rest of us. These new requirements create a false hierarchy of disability and say that disabilities that we can’t plainly see don’t “count.” And if they go into effect, they will have a severe negative impact thousands of lives, and leave many Australians unable to leave their homes on their own.
So those of you in Australia need to click through to read Lauredhel’s full post, and write in NOW. Details on where to send your completed forms below:
And everyone reading this, whether inside Australia or not, needs to pass this information along in every way they can and make sure that as many forms as possible get sent in. Because this is wrong, and it can’t be allowed to happen.
You can read the full article here. It also includes many comments from concerned readers.
The link to a blog post by Lauredhel mentioned in the article above calls attention to a Facebook Group called against the Proposed Narrowing of Accessible Parking Permit Eligibility set up to oppose the Scheme.
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