Hi folks! Just a short note to say I had an opinion piece published in my local paper about disability access in Warrnambool. The state of shop access and disabled parking bays in town is abysmal, yet with council elections coming up, no candidate has made disability advocacy a priority. I want that to change.
My piece was published mostly as written, with a minor omission of a councillor’s disturbing attitude towards those who use disabled bays due to lack of right of reply (and most likely, fear of this particular councillor’s reprisal). As I obviously DGAF if I receive an angry phone call, I’ll repeat his quote here:
“I’m consistently seeing people who are very sound of body using the parks. Most people would consider they are for people with a physical disability.”
It has upsetting implications for those with an invisible illness, and illustrates perfectly the ignorant attitudes Warrnambool’s council has towards those with a disability.
You can read my piece on the Standard website, or in Saturday’s printed edition (08/10/16).