Advocacy for Access
At Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, we work to support and defend the rights of people with impaired vision. We advocate on behalf of our clients to ensure that all public premises and transport facilities are accessible. We assist people to assert their rights when they have been illegally denied access to public places.
Guide Dogs NSW/ACT have successfully advocated for many changes to ensure safe and easy access in all public places. These improvements include:
- Changes to buildings and other public facilities.
- Changes to public transport, such as the installation of tactile ground surface indicators on train platforms and constant information announcements on trains and at stations.
- Installation of Audio Tactile Crossings (traffic light beeping), liaising directly with the New South Wales Roads and Traffic Authority to install these facilities at pedestrian road crossings.
- Input to training of public transport personnel including bus and taxi drivers.
As part of our Orientation and Mobility training, clients are encouraged to facilitate access improvements in their community, by working with local councils, government authorities and shopkeepers.
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