06 Jul Public Buildings That Should Have A Platform Lift
The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) of 1992 states that people with disabilities must be allowed equal opportunity to engage in and contribute to all social, political and economic activities. This means that legal compliance with the DDA requires public buildings to provide disability access for all members of the community by providing accessibility solutions such as platform lifts. This law is to ensure that the disabled population has equal access to education, entertainment, sport and recreational facilities, as well as retail areas.
Here are the public buildings that Easy Living Platform Lifts services:
- Retail outlets
- Restaurants, cafés and pubs
- Social clubs
- Office blocks
Why safe accessibility is essential
Disability discrimination is still a reality for many, according to the most recent Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers. The survey found that one-third of disabled Australians choose to avoid specific areas because of the lack of access due to their disability. These areas include educational and medical facilities, shopping venues and banking facilities, restaurants and other dining facilities, as well as social and recreation sites.
Accessibility regulations aim to change this to ensure we live in a more inclusive society.
- Safety regulations
The absence of disability access options in multi-level buildings, many of which only have stairs, puts the disabled at risk of injury and even death. Stairs are common accident hotspots in public buildings. Installing mobility access solutions is the best way to meet the safety requirements of the disabled customers.
- Retail competitiveness
Retail and dining establishments looking to remain competitive should adopt an all-inclusive consumer policy, and acknowledge and rise to meet the needs of disabled people. To ignore the purchasing power of an essential part of our society also makes little business sense.
Providing mobility access to the disabled is about more than just complying with the law or benefiting from their purchasing spend, it is, most importantly, about ensuring the dignity of a marginalised community.
If your business is or is located in one of these public buildings, get in touch with us today to find out more information about how our platform lifts can be a welcome addition to the accessibility of your location/s.