This blog follows on from a previous blog about accessibility and my driveway. I hope this is the last time I need to blog about my difficulties in driving my van and having my bins emptied.
The photos in this blog occurred after my three bins were emptied by Eastwaste . I pay Prospect Council via my rates, for waste removal. As I enjoy my independence and believe in doing my share of the chores, I put my bins out for collection, and bring them in. I recommend reading the previous blog for more information, and examples of how my accessibility has been reduced.
Going for a drive
It was a hot day, and I didn’t want to get in the sun and place my bins in my backyard until later. The photos and captions explain my actions and results.
Coming back from a drive to the pharmacy
Disability Discrimination Act 1992.
The DDA Act of 1992 can be read here.
All organisations in Australia are obliged to adhere to the Disability Discrimination Act 1992, including the Prospect Council, EastWaste and the South Australian Ombudsman. The DDA act is Federal law. The SA Ombudsman is investigating my complaint against the Prospect Council.
When organisations are in violation of the DDA Act, I talk to them initially and reasonable organisations make changes to improve accessibility. If they do nothing, I report them to the Australia Human Rights Commission. Reputable organisations then listen and make the appropriate changes. Those that don’t listen or don’t care, can be taken to the Federal Court.
The violations of the DDA Act typically fall into one or more of the four categories below. I’ve provided an example for each.
- The discriminator doesn’t make reasonable adjustments for the person with a disability e.g. they don’t allow more space for a person who uses a wheelchair, a modified vehicle or a modified cycle
- There is an unjustifiable hardship imposed on the person with a disability e.g. going for a drive
- Issues with the provision of means of access to premises for the person with a disability e.g. a crossover being too narrow for a vehicle to get through the crossover
- Discrimination with the delivery of Services (and goods) to the person with a disability) e.g. difficulties faced with the removal of waste by the council
I will share my accessibility issues with the council and the ombudsman.