They’re efficient and for many people with disability, mobility scooters are vital in maintaining independence and community connections. But these affordable disability aides can also be problematic in some circumstances.
That’s why the Australian Human Rights Commission is developing an advisory note on how best mobility scooters can be used indoors, particularly because many are designed for both indoor and outdoor use and are therefore sometimes heavy, large and fast.
The Commission’s Advisory Note will be developed over coming months at the request of the NSW RSL & Services Clubs Association. Its development is also supported by Clubs NSW, Leagues Clubs Australia, and Bowls NSW. Representatives from the disability sector will participate in its development.
The Advisory Note will provide some guidance on the use of mobility scooters in and around club premises. It could also form the basis of an industry standard.
Clubs are popular venues for people who use mobility scooters, and the Clubs are concerned to ensure equal access to premises and greater mobility for their members and guests. However, Clubs are also concerned to clarify issues such as where mobility scooters may be parked, their speed and possible risk of injury of other patrons.
The Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Graeme Innes, says he would like to see the Advisory Note used in other states and territories, because mobility scooters are likely to increase in popularity.
“Mobility scooters play a very important role in connecting older people and people with disabilities with the community. However, we need to ensure that everyone is clear on how and where they can best be used,” said Commissioner Innes.
The scoping paper for the advisory note is available at : https://www.humanrights.gov.au/mobility-scooters-registered-clubs
Comments are welcome to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide all comments by Friday, 9 May 2014.
The expected launch of the Advisory Note is Monday 30 June 2014.