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Inform issue 26 – Summer 2019

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This issue of Inform is all about closing odd 2018 and welcoming in a brand new year. We hear from Jarad, a presenter with Radio Adelaide about why he is bucking the 'people with disabilities cannot work' myth.


20 Summer The What, Where and How of accessible beaches

Summer 21 What are accessible beaches? Accessible beaches have been made more accessible for people with wheels whether you’re in a wheelchair, using a mobility scooter or even pushing a pram. There are usually a few considerations when making a beach accessible. Accessible beaches offer ramps or stair-free access to the sand. They also have beach matting, to make rolling across the sand possible in a standard wheelchair. Many also offer beach wheelchairs for hire. Beach wheelchairs have buoyant armrests and wheels that allow the chair to float in the water. They also have straps to secure the rider. Beach wheelchairs are designed to enter the water, up to the waist height of a support person, so that everyone can enjoy the beach and have a dip. Finally, some accessible beaches may offer access to Changing Places facilities. Changing Places Changing Places is a project to advocate for public toilets with full sized change tables and hoists in major public spaces across Australia to meet the needs of people with disabilities. If you are looking to hire a beach wheelchair, but will need the help of a hoist to transfer from a standard wheelchair to a beach wheelchair, then looking for an accessible beach that also has a Changing Place is going to make the process much easier. Not all accessible beaches have a Changing Place. Where can I find my nearest accessible beach? The Accessible Beaches Australia website has a good list of accessible beaches. You should also check in with your local city council. And, if you are looking for a beach with access to a Changing Place, the Changing Places website offers a searchable map of accredited facilities. Beach wheelchairs are designed to enter the water, up to the waist height of a support person, so that everyone can enjoy the beach and have a dip. How can I get my local beach made accessible? Although Accessible Beaches Australia has a vision to make most patrolled beaches accessible by 2020, local councils need to know there is a demand for this service. When they are presented with the idea of making a beach accessible, most councils are concerned about the work and the cost involved. To counteract this, Accessible Beaches Australia hosts accessible beach days, where they demonstrate to local councils both how easy it is to make beaches accessible, and how high the demand is in the local community. Councils can contact Accessible Beaches Australia through their website to request a trial accessible beach day. In many cases, the trial can be provided free of charge. As a local resident you can always contact your local council to let them know that services like these exist the fact that they can be tried risk (and cost) free makes it a much more appealing proposal! To find out more, visit and