Stickers displayed on shop doors or windows depicting what access is available and a website listing business access options could make life easier for people with a disability or accessibility issues in Orange.
The initiative, Access at a Glance was created through a partnership between Ability Links and the Everywhere Venues website, everywherevenues.com to help people who have accessibility needs.
It would include mapping and listing the features of businesses, services, or any building people can use, via the website where people could book accessible venue hire.
The project would also provide businesses with a free assessment and on-site accessibility stickers or signage and educate businesses on what resources are available.
Not only that, it makes great economic sense for businesses to also cater for the one in five Australians living with a disability, and their families and friends, who are all potential customers.Central West Ability Links team leader Margi Garretty
Central West Ability Links team leader Margi Garretty said volunteers, including participants from the NDIS School Leaver Employment Support would conduct business surveys at businesses across Orange.
However, she said more volunteers, known as accessibility champions would be needed.
“Being a champion means calling local businesses to raise awareness of the project, making appointments and going to businesses with their support worker to conduct a free accessibility assessment," Ms Garretty said.
“Accessibility is the start to being a truly inclusive society so we look forward to getting as many businesses involved as possible.
“Not only that, it makes great economic sense for businesses to also cater for the one in five Australians living with a disability, and their families and friends, who are all potential customers."
Ms Garretty said there would be 15 stickers or signs available for people to display showing where people who use wheelchairs or wheeled walking frames could enter through to locations where there are darker calm, quiet locations that could help people who have a sensory disability.
She said businesses could also get advice on how to provide extra access.
"If they don't have a ramp for access maybe have a doorbell at the front of the shop," Ms Garretty said.
The program will be rolled out in the next few months and volunteers will go door to door surveying businesses or interested businesses or services could phone 1800 580 580.
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