We are proud to announce a new partnership with Access Ability Australia (AAA), who are the founders of Access Keys.
Access Keys are customised accessibility guides that have information to help you prepare to visit a venue, attraction or event, including sporting and recreational facilities in Victoria.
Access Keys provide a range of helpful and predictive information and include colour photographs, supportive text, maps, visual communication boards as well as sensory guides that outline the sensory elements you might experience at a venue.
AAA’s commitment to improving inclusive practices, community attitudes towards people with disability and organisational culture, aligns closely to our Strategic Plan 2020-2025, making this a fantastic example of what can happen when two organisations share a common goal.
AAA is an intervention idea founded on the experience of the two founders, Maxine Parker and Judy O’Connor.
With over 30 years of combined experience working in the disability, education and community sectors, Maxine and Judy have a wealth of professional and lived experience of disability. Maxine has a hearing impairment and Judy is the parent of a child with disability.
“Access Ability Australia share our vision of better choice, access and participation for people with disability, evidenced by the brilliant accessibility and communication work they are doing to make sure sport and recreation facilities and venues are welcoming to all Victorians,’ said Disability Sport & Recreation CEO, Richard Amon.
“The synergy between our organisations will benefit both Victorian sport and recreation providers and people with disability, as we work together to support the work and training opportunities offered by our respective organisations.”
“Working together will provide Access Ability Australia and Disability Sport & Recreation designed opportunity to constructively explore ideas to support recreational providers by ensuring people with disability are primary beneficiaries of services” said Access Ability Australia’s cofounder, Judy O’Connor.
“Sharing the common goal of everything we do is to help Victorians with disability live happier, more active lives is the first and foremost step in the right direction of a successful partnership between Access Ability Australia and Disability Sport & Recreation” said Access Ability Australia’s cofounder, Maxine Parker.
For more information on AAA, their services and products, visit their website.