The Sailability "Sailing For Everyone" philosophy has been wholeheartedly adopted by DYC and growing inclusive participation remains an enormous opportunity. The protected nature of the Docklands waterway and the club's fleet of Hansa dinghies are ideal for introductory sailing programs and the development of basic skills for people of all abilities.
With the club's unique location, surrounded by a new emerging community and a broader metropolitan catchment area, there is tremendous potential for growing participation in recreational sailing and introductory racing. At the same time, building membership and the pool of volunteers.
An ongoing participation and recreational sailing program, including the accompanying social activity, is seen as the core of DYC's future.
On Wednesday the 22nd of February, patients and staff from Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre visited the Docklands Yacht Club for an afternoon of sailing and to learn more about the Club. The conditions were sunny with a tricky and gutsy northerly breeze which made for some spirited sailing!!
The Docklands Yacht Club using a new community sailing sailing model. The club owns all of the boats, lifejackets and equipment. Use of the boats is covered in the annual membership fee. If you want to come and try sailing, or are a visitor to Melbourne looking for a unique view of the city casual day sailing is also availble.
The other unique aspect of the Docklands Yacht is its fleet of Hansa Dinghies, which have a ballasted centre board making them stable and ideal for first time sailors or sailors with a disability. In the context of inclusive sailing, the single fleet is ideal as all people, regardless of ability, are completing on a level playing field. On the water everyone is equal.
A selection of Images from the sailing day are available from PhotoAbility
Docklands Yacht Club runs regular 'Come Try Racing' days to encourage sailors to take the next step into competition. These are friendly, stress-free days where instruction and practical programs are offered to help sailors take the first steps into racing. DYC members are also active in regattas sailed at other clubs and State and National Championships. They also run a Short Course racing season throughout Summer.
Visitors and new members are most welcome. Come along to their regular sailing days on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, from 11am till 4pm.
For more information see the Club website at http://www.docklands.yachting.org.au
On Saturday the 26th of November the new accessible beach matting was laid out at the Mt Martha lifesaving club and the beach officially opened. Mt Martha is situated on Melbourne's Mornington Peninsula, which is the summer aquatic playground for the city. This is the first beach on the Mornington Peninsula and only the third in the City, to offer accessible beach facilities for people with a disability including full accessible change facilities and now beach matting to the waters edge.
In addition to the matting and change room there are three types of beach wheelchair available from the lifesaving club, including a self propelled chair and a a fully floating one.
Mt Martha is a relatively sheltered beach and safe for people with a disability to get back into the water including young children. In front of the club house is a large concrete hard stand with shade.
The matting will be rolled out from now until April 26 next year.
Hours: Saturday 9am to 5pm, Sunday 11am to 5pm.
The matting has been made possible by the Mornington Peninsula Shire, Mt Martha Lifesaving Club and the Mornington Peninsula Disabled Surfers Association.
Mt Martha is an hour from the CBD of Melbourne so get down there and take advantage of this new facility. Th more support it gets, the more likely it will be that other beaches on the Peninsula will be made available.
The other two accessible beaches in Melbourne are located at Williamstown and Altona.
Cutting the ribbon
Matting to the water's edge
A cake fit for the occasion
Testing the matting
At the water's edge
Enjoying the day
Councilor Antonella Celi cutting the cake
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Puffing Billy is Australia's favourite steam train and operates everyday except christmas day!
The journey aboard Puffing Billy takes you through the magnificent Dandenong Ranges, located only one hour east of Melbourne.
With lush fern gullies brushing past and Mountain Ash trees towering overhead, Puffing Billy makes for a wonderful opportunity to relax and breathe in the fresh air whilst the train makes its way through the temperate rainforest.
Visitors from around the world enjoy travelling aboard Puffing Billy as a stand-alone experience or as part of a Melbourne day tour. If you are a Melbourne local, you can bring friends, kids, other family members or interstate visitors, pack a picnic and travel aboard this historic Melbourne attraction.
Step back in time whilst dangling your legs over the side of the carriage - a favourite activity for kids (and adults!). Parents and grandparents relive their own childhood memories whilst introducing the next generation to this unforgettable part of Victorian history.
Puffing Billy Railway is committed to offering an enjoyable experience for everyone and has have a range of family friendly and wheelchair accessible facilities available for our passengers.
Only folding or narrow prams can travel on Puffing Billy because of our heritage carriage doors.
BABY CHANGE FACILITIES
Baby change facilities are available at all stations.
WARMING OF BOTTLES / BABY FOOD
A microwave is available in the baby change room at Belgrave station. Alternatively, please approach the volunteers in the refreshment rooms at one of our stations, and they will be able to assist.
Our friendly staff can provide special attention to visitors with reduced mobility. We recommend that you let us know about your requirements before you travel. Telephone (03) 9757 0700.
If you are travelling in a wheelchair, there are limited wheelchair spaces available. Please contact us on (03) 9757 0700 (+61 3 9757 0700 intl) during normal office hours on the weekday prior to travelling so that we can assist you in accommodating your needs.
There are two designated disabled car spaces at Gate 3 at our Belgrave station in Old Monbulk Road. From there, access to the station platform is via a ramp (the bottom of the "zig zag path"). Wheelchair assisted persons should please note that this ramp is steep. If you require further assistance getting from here to the platform, please contact us on 9757 0700 or 9757 0721.
ACCESS TO THE STATION
Pathways to Belgrave, Lakeside and Gembrook stations are all wheelchair accessible.
To assist passengers with reduced mobility and to avoid our steep pathway entrance to Belgrave station, passengers may be dropped off at Gate 4 which is in front of our Belgrave station building in Old Monbulk Road. The area from the station to the platform is on one level.
GETTING ABOARD THE TRAIN
Our station platforms are not at the same height as our carriage doors, however ramps are available to provide easy wheelchair access on many of our Excursion Trains. Please see one of our friendly volunteers on the day of travel for assistance. The wheelchair ramp width is 75cm.
TOILETS WITH WHEELCHAIR ACCESS
Toilets with wheelchair access are located at Belgrave, Lakeside and Gembrook stations.
Puffing Billy Railway welcomes visitors who use assistance dogs certified by a registered authority. Assistance dogs must be restrained by a harness or leash at all times.Please note that assistance dogs are the only dogs allowed aboard Puffing Billy Railway.
Companion card holders travels free of charge aboard the Excursion Trains. Companion card must be presented on day of travel.
TravAbility offers a full range of day and half day accessible tours of Melbourne and surrounds to suit your in-port time.
We operate modern vehicles and can cater for couples and small groups.
Accessible Transfers to and from the Port are also available.
Call us for availability and prices 1300 722 683 or internationally on +61 4 1769 0533
Since the 1920's Phillip Island to the south east of Melbourne has hosted one of nature's great spectacles, the Little Penguins waddling ashore at sunset to their burrows buried in the sand dunes. The Penguins live year round in burrows in large colonies. They fish all day returning under the cover of dusk to feed their young and avoiding their land based predators. The Little Penguin, also often referred to as the Fairy Penguin is the smallest Penguin in world standing at only 17 inches high.
The Penguin Parade on Phillip Island is now a world renowned attraction with over 650,000 local and international visitors enjoying the spectacle every year. The Penguin Parade has the highest eco tourism rating available with all viewing options designed to protect the animals and their homes. All forms of photography are strictly prohibited to further protect the birds. Phillip Island Nature Parks is a not for profit operation and all visitor income goes back into Penguin research and conservation.In addition to being an eco tourism attraction the Penguin Parade and its associated facilities are accessible and affords tourists with disabilities the opportunity to witness this remarkable nightly event.
On entering the car park follow the signs around to car park number one, proceed to the top of the car park and turn right into the adjacent area. There is a line of disabled parking spaces all of 3.5 metres in width. The path at the top of the car park leads directly to the Visitors Centre. Entry is via the paved path and ramp. The ticket counter is immediately inside the door. To the left is a theatrette. The door is level and there is an area inside where the short film can be viewed from a wheelchair. A ramp to the right of the stairs leads to the lower (main) level of the centre. There is a cafe and shops available inside and they all on level floors with easy access to all. Accessible toilets are available at the left hand end of the building. It should be noted that there are no accessible toilets out on the viewing platforms and boardwalks. There is an interpretative education centre down a small ramp way that explains the habitat and life cycle of the Little Penguin. All of these exhibits are at an eye height that can easily be seen from a wheelchair.
There is a fair roll from the visitor centre to the observation decks at Summerland Beach. For those that require it a courtesy buggy is available immediately outside the door of the visitors centre. The parade occurs at dusk each day so check with the centre prior to your visit for the exact time and allow for the walk to the platforms. Our photos have been taken in daylight to highlight the slopes and surfaces you will be traversing.Just outside the visitors centre there is a new gently sloping boardwalk that leads to the dunes. This path is wide and smooth it is with a gentle gradient and ample level rest areas. The boardwalk gives access to both the Penguin Parade and Penguin Plus viewing platforms. This boardwalk also allows viewing of the Little Penguins in their burrows.
This is the main viewing area at Summerland Beach. At the end of the flat boardwalk the boardwalk slopes up to the left. The slope here is 1 in 14. At the top there are two areas. Both have a large level area at the top to accommodate wheelchairs. The elevated position gives a good 180 degree view over the beach below as the Penguins arrive and waddle across the beach to their burrows. The designated wheelchair viewing area has a prime location right above the weighing station.
This area provides a more personalised penguin viewing experience. Limited to 150 people, this viewing platform provides a closer viewing of the penguin arrival than the main viewing platforms at the Penguin Parade. The stand is located in a high penguin traffic area and is much closer to the ground giving a more intimate experience. Rangers are on hand to give a full interpretation and insight into the lives of these little creatures. Wheelchair viewing is from the bottom of this stand and therefore gives a far better view than is available from the top of the stands at the Penguin Parade. Because of the limited number of spaces available at Penguin Plus bookings are essential.
The latest addition to the Penguin Plus experience is the underground bunker. The area is limited to 60 guest. It provides an eye level view as the penguins walk straight past the ground level windows. The is a special high floor section giving wheelchair users the same experience from a seated position. This option is perfect for people who are susceptible to the cold.
The construction of the Iconic Arthurs Seat Skylift moves a step closer today with the erection of the gondola's support pylons.
The pylons were skillfully flown into place by a heavy lift helicopter overseen by the Australian lift company Doppelmayr.
The new Skylift will consist of fully enclosed 8 seat Goldolas making it an all weather attraction and for the first time allowing people of all abilities to take in the spectacular views over Port Phillip Bay and the Mornington Peninsula from Arthurs Seat.
It will help revitalise Arthurs Seat State Park by creating an internationally recognised attraction, and contribute to the Mornington Peninsula’s economy through tourism and employment.
The upper and lower station buildings will each feature a loading area, mezzanine level, café/kiosk, information centre, toilets and office space.
The $16 million project will not only be a major tourism asset for the state of Victoria but it will be a world class Accessible Facility to cater for the rapidly growing Accessible Tourism market.
The Skylift chief, Hans Brugman said today:
Making it completely accessible has increased the cost of this project significantly but it was important to do it.
TravAbility's Founder, Bill Forrester said:
As a major iconic tourist attraction for both the Mornington Peninsula and the City of Melbourne, it is important that such a development be fully inclusive to everyone.The Arthur Seat Skylift project has taken the time and effort to understand the needs of the disabled traveller. By changing their approach away from a compliance to customer focus, the developers have gone far and above their obligations under the building codes. They have fully embraced the spirit of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, especially Article 30, and in doing so have created a truly world class accessible concept.
As a major iconic tourist attraction for both the Mornington Peninsula and the City of Melbourne, it is important that such a development be fully inclusive to everyone.
The Arthur Seat Skylift project has taken the time and effort to understand the needs of the disabled traveller. By changing their approach away from a compliance to customer focus, the developers have gone far and above their obligations under the building codes. They have fully embraced the spirit of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, especially Article 30, and in doing so have created a truly world class accessible concept.
The Arthur Seat Skylift has the potential to create a significant competitive advantage for the Mornington Peninsula and the City of Melbourne in attracting the Accessible Tourism market, as well as enhancing the city’s reputation as being the “Most Livable City” for all.
Gondola - Artists Impression
Upper Station - Artists Impression
The next major milestone will be the arrival of the Gondolas from Switzerland.
The Skylift is expected to be operational before the end of the year.
The Koala Conservation Centre offers visitors a chance to have a face to face encounter with arguably Australia's most loved animal. The unique tree top board walks are fully wheelchair accessible offering an inclusive experience.Unlike a Zoo, the Koala Conservation Centre offers visitors a chance to see these lovable creatures in their natural environment. The centre has played a crucial role in saving the population of Koalas on Phillip Island.The Visitors Centre is equipped with a cafe with accessible seating, disabled toilet facilities and an interpretative centre that will allow the visitor to leave with a full appreciation of this magnificent little creature.
Visitors CentreThe visitors centre is accessed from the five disabled parking places in the carpark via a wide and smooth path. Both the carpark and access path are gravel. The surface is smooth and the stones hard packed and fine. The centre is entered via a ramp with a 1 in 14 gradient equipped with handrails on both sides. The entrance door is wide and self opening. The centre houses a gift shop, cafe, disabled toilet facilities and an excellent interpretive centre. Inside the centre the floors are level and hard surfaced. The furniture in the cafe is movable as is the outdoor eating area furniture. The longer tables have roll under ends to cater for a wheelchair. The interpretative centre is spacious allowing easy wheelchair access. All displays are readable from wheelchair height.
Koala BoardwalkThe highlight of a visit to Koala Conservation Centre are the boardwalks that are fully accessible and allow a view of the Koalas at their level in the trees. The park is entered from the interpretive centre through a self opening door and another 1 in 14 ramp. The paths within the park are again a gravel surface. The paths are smooth and a moderate gradient. The two boardwalks are a short roll from the visitors centre. They are entered through a pair of gates that are very lightly loaded. The Koala Boardwalk lives up to its name with an abundance of Koalas on view giving some remarkable photo opportunities. The boardwalks are wide as are the observation areas allowing easy access to wheelchairs.
Woodland BoardwalkThe Woodland Boardwalk also affords good opportunity to see Koalas but is alive with native bird life. Like the Koala Boardwalk it is wide and easily navigated with a wheelchair.
Woodland WalkIn additional to the two boardwalks the Woodland Walk wanders through the natural bush at ground level. This path is a gravel surface, is smooth and of very moderate grade. Taking your time around this path offers the opportunity to spot a large variety of Australian native wildlife including wallabies, possums, echidnas and over 100 native birds.
LocationPhillip Island is a 90 minute drive from the centre of Melbourne via the Monash Freeway and the South Gippsland Highway. Once on the Island the Koala Conservation Centre is clearly sign posted. For further details see their web site
Moonlit Sanctuary is only 50 minutes south-east of central Melbourne, at the top of the Mornington Peninsula, and on the way to the Penguins on Phillip Island.
Melbourne’s award winning wildlife park, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park invites you to explore 10 hectares of bushland, meeting endangered species, feeding kangaroos and wallabies, petting koalas and enjoying encounters with colourful birds, reptiles, dingoes and many other animals.
The park is on flat terrain with paths constructed of fine hard packed gravel, making the experience suitable for people of all abilities. Wheelchair visitors can negotiate the easily navigable paths. Each display has a glass fronted section to allow everyone to enjoy the park. The Koala encounter is height adjustable to allow visitors using wheelchairs to get up close and personal.
At night, Moonlit Sanctuary comes alive with world-famous lantern-lit tours. Night birds are active, tiny feathertail gliders and giant yellow-bellied gliders swoop around, and endangered quolls, pademelons and bettongs forage for food.
The Sanctuary is an ark for endangered creatures, and a showcase of their unique beauty. It is a living classroom which encourages children and adults alike to unlock the mystery of Australian mammals, reptiles, birds, fish, insects and amphibians in a natural bush setting.
You can experience a range of magical activities at Moonlit Sanctuary
Wander around their beautiful wetlands, a haven for water birds that change with the seasons. Meet koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, emus, Cape Barren geese and curlews, and stop past the wombats.
BY DAY...enjoy hand-feeding our gentle and curious wallabies and kangaroos, or cuddle one of the resident koalas. You can meet their feisty Tassie devils, and learn the latest in the fight to save this threatened species.
Catch one of the daily dingo talks, and get to know the characters in our dingo pack. Book in for an exclusive adventure with dingos Blaze and Scorch. Enjoy a python presentation or get up close and personal for a python cuddle.
Then pop over to the parrots and see orange bellied parrots, a critically endangered species; then visit the stunning red-tailed black cockatoos, gang gang, superb parrots, and the unique violet eyes of our bower birds.
The latest addition, the Wildlife Show - Conservation in Action, adds another fully accessible feature to the park.
WombatPhoto Bill Forrester - PhotoAbility
Up close and personal with a KoalaPhoto Bill Forrester - PhotoAbility
Feeding timePhoto Bill Forrester - PhotoAbility
BY NIGHT...embark on a guided lantern-lit evening tour which winds its way through the home of many of the sanctuary's memorable nocturnal animals. See feather-tail gliders, a nightjar, quolls, Tasmanian devils, owls and possums. Meet squirrel gliders, bettongs, potoroos, to name but a few of the creatures you will encounter at surprisingly close quarters.
Facilities include a multi-purpose entry building with ramp in and out to the park. Containing a reception and orientation area, it has an open area that can be adapted to school groups or functions as required.
Up to 60 people can be accommodated at one time. Advanced bookings are required for this.
Wheelchair and pram access is provided by ramps and suitably wide doors. Washrooms with full disabled access and baby change facilities are attached.
Front door only 10 metres from car park.Ramps into and out of visitor centre - there are no steps or stairs at Moonlit Sanctuary.
Flat to undulating ground with compressed gravel paths linking all exhibit areas. Numerous benches around Sanctuary so you can always take a breather.Glass fronts to exhibits for visibility.Some exhibit areas have woodchip paths.
Wheelchairs, walking stick and umbrellas available for loan free of charge.Disabled facilities adjacent to visitor centre. Pan height 45cm.Baby change table available for use
As required by law, companion animals are permitted in Moonlit Sanctuary. However we do remind visitors that if they bring a companion animal with them, none of our animals will approach them and they will not be able to enjoy the close contact with animals enjoyed by other visitors. We require that companion animals do not enter any animal enclosures, including the Wallaby Walk and that they remain under the physical control of the visitor at all times.
Moonlit Sanctuary is approximately one hour from the centre of Melbourne, and is located in the heart of the UNESCO Western Port Biosphere Reserve. Come and see over 60 species of animals, and learn about our conservation programs.
Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park550 Tyabb-Tooradin Rd PearcedalePhone +61 3 5978 7935
Parks Victoria’s Chief Executive, Bradley Fauteux today launched a new Lasher beach wheelchair now available at Tidal River. The Lasher beach wheelchair is the first of its kind available for public use in Victoria and was funded by the People and Parks Foundation.
Parks Victoria was awarded the 2015 National Disability Award which recognises the valuable contribution organisations and people make to improve the lives of people with disability in Australia. Parks Victoria has a total of 11 all-terrain Trailrider wheelchairs and ten child and adult beach wheelchairs available to explore Victoria’s parks as well as the new Lasher beach wheelchair. The wheelchairs are located at key parks across the state including Dandenong Ranges. Grampians, Cape Conran, Point Nepean and Wilsons Promontory.
Mr Fauteux said the Lasher beach wheelchair is different to our other park beach wheelchairs in that it can be operated independently by people with paraplegia and leg amputations without the need of a carer.
“For the first time in Victoria, more people who visit this beautiful part of the world at Norman Beach in Wilsons Promontory National Park, can enjoy the sand and water which so many visitors without disabilities often take for granted,” said Mr Fauteux.“Spending time in the natural environment, in places like our magnificent parks, is good for our mind, body and soul, and Parks Victoria is committed to making our parks accessible to everyone.”
“For the first time in Victoria, more people who visit this beautiful part of the world at Norman Beach in Wilsons Promontory National Park, can enjoy the sand and water which so many visitors without disabilities often take for granted,” said Mr Fauteux.
“Spending time in the natural environment, in places like our magnificent parks, is good for our mind, body and soul, and Parks Victoria is committed to making our parks accessible to everyone.”
Mr Fauteux said Tidal River is one of our most popular destinations and Norman Beach is one of the most accessible beaches for visitors with disabilities in Victoria, so it makes sense to have a Lasher beach wheelchair available at Tidal River.
“Tidal River also has accessible park accommodation allowing visitors with disabilities can extend their stay in the park. The Lasher beach wheelchair and the other all-terrain wheelchairs available at Tidal River can be booked through the Visitor Centre here at Tidal River.”
Global advocate for inclusive tourism and Co-founder of Travability, Bill Forrester said that the world, and the ability to experience it fully, should be accessible to everyone and congratulated the People and Parks Foundation and Parks Victoria for making the Lasher wheelchair available at Tidal River.
“We see National Parks as a key pillar in the developing market of Accessible Tourism and as a critical element of the health and wellbeing of the world's population regardless of an individual's ability,” Mr Forrester said.
“Parks Victoria are an acknowledged world leader in outdoor accessibility. The Lasher beach Wheelchair adds another level of mobility independence to an already great set of accessible facilities at Wilsons Promontory.”
Connect with nature through your favourite park. Healthy Parks Healthy People. For more information about Parks Victoria’s commitment to making parks accessible visit http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/visit/improving-park-access-for-all
Launch of the new self propelled beach wheelchair at Tidal River
ABC News: Beach wheelchair at Wilson's Promontory gives better experience for people with disabilities
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Station Pier was originally known as Railway Pier and was first openedin 1854. It played a key role in Victoria's history and through the mid to late 1800's saw the arrival of the first visitors keen to seek their fortunes on the goldfields and then the settlers. It saw off the first contingent of Australian troops headed for the Boer War. In October 1914 16 ships left Station Pier for World War I. Again in 1940 troops headed for the European, African and Pacific theatres of World War II from Station Pier. Post the Second World War many thousands of the migrants that came to Australia's shores and gave Melbourne its rich multicultural diversity first set foot on Australian soil at Station Pier. The pier and its unique Gate House are heritage listed.
Today Station Pier is Melbourne's premier cruise ship terminal and is also host to the Spirit of Tasmania ferry service from Melbourne to Devonport. It also plays host to visiting naval and tall ships. Unlike many cruise ship terminals, Station Pier is not located within a freight terminal. The pier is constructed directly off the beach into Port Phillip Bay at the historic and cosmopolitan suburb of Port Melbourne, giving visitors stunning views from their ship and the chance to wander along the beach side board walks directly from the end of the pier.
Station Pier is 15 minutes from Melbourne's CBD.
The pier is open to the general public from 6am to 9pm daily (for pedestrians only). However, the pier is closed to the public during cruise ship visits, some naval ship visits and other exceptional circumstances.
During cruise ship visits entry to the pier is via the left side gate for initial security. The path down the pier is level and smooth with a road crossing about half way down to the cruise terminal. The cruise terminal is the second building on the pier and there is a set of elevators just past the main escalators. The terminal is on the first floor with a small cafe accessible toilets, and a gift shop prior to the main security checkpoint and gangway entry. The tidal movement in Port Phillip bay is only approximately 18 inches, gangway slope will alter greatly during your visit. Depending on the ship and gangway configuration assistance is on hand for wheelchair users.
Drop off and pick up procedures
From the main gate and security checkpoint it is approximately 500 metres to the cruise ship terminal. Drivers are permitted to drive onto the pier and drop passengers with a disability at the terminal building. On return the procedure is more complex. Passengers with a disability must arrange with the ships purser for a pick up at the terminal building. The passengers name will then be added to the security gate register. The driver of the pick up vehicle will need to quote that name to be allowed through the security checkpoint. As it is a pickup zone only prior arrangements will need to be made to contact the driver when the passenger has cleared customs and is ready to be picked up.
Please note: These arrangements must be made with the cruise line. Station Pier is not manned when there are no ships are in port.
Access to the City
There are two public transport options to the CBD. There is an accessible shuttle bus that operates on weekdays from the cruise terminal to the arts precinct in the city near the Flinders Street Station.
An accessible tram service (route 109) operates from the Beacon Cove terminus right into the centre of the centre with stops along Collins Street. Route 109 operates flat floor roll in trams from elevated tram platforms. Each platform has a 1 in 14 ramp at one end for wheelchair users. The accessible stops are:
The Tram terminus is a pleasant 10 minute walk/roll from the cruise terminal. On Cruise visiting days an accessible bus shuttle operates from the terminal to the Beacon Cove terminus.
When ships are in port public transport tickets can be purchased at Station Pier. For further details and ticket prices contact Public Transport Victoria http://ptv.vic.gov.au
Deaf and hearing impaired Australians can now enjoy Australia’s first onsite access to Auslan and caption services at the National Sports Museum in Melbourne. The “Smart Auslan” technology was developed by not‐for‐profit organisation, Australian Communication Exchange (ACE), over an 18‐month partnership with the museum.While hundreds of museums across Australia offer audio tours, only the National Sports Museum now offers the equivalent service for Deaf and hearing impaired Australians to gain easy access to the same information through a smartphone device.Up until now, Deaf Australians have had to either pay for their own Auslan interpreter, or wait for a scheduled Auslan tour to fully appreciate the cultural experiences on offer at museums. With Smart Auslan on their device, they can now freely decide when and how they would like to visit museums adopting the technology.
“The Smart Auslan project with the National Sports Museum is a breakthrough in exhibition accessibility for Deaf and hearing impaired Australians,” said Sandy Gilliland, ACE Chief Executive Officer. “This partnership is part our ongoing commitment to deliver quality‐of‐life services today that will provide equal access to Deaf Australians. We see this as the first of many museums and galleries that will look to further cultural access for all Australians, by opening their doors wider for the Deaf and hearing impaired communities.”Each year, approximately 150,000 people visit the National Sports Museum and listen to audio descriptions of iconic exhibitions. Smart Auslan provides Deaf and hearing impaired Australians with the same access to the museum display descriptions in Auslan sign language videos that can be accessed by scanning Quick Response (QR) codes with Android‐powered smartphones.The museum will have six Android devices located for visitors to use or alternatively the application can be downloaded onto an Android smartphone from the ACE website.Margaret Birtley, General Manager for the National Sports Museum: “This is such an exciting initiative and we are thrilled to be part of the launch of Smart Auslan in Australia. We are sure this new technology will provide our deaf and hearing impaired visitors with a more engaging experience at the National Sports Museum.”ACE is a not‐for‐profit organisation which, for 16 years, has been at the forefront of communication solutions for Deaf, hearing impaired and speech impaired Australians. The organisation is constantly looking for new ways to meet the changing communication needs of its communities. Today’s technology and high speed internet makes it possible to design these new access tools that will overcome significant barriers for signing Deaf Australians. ACE is experienced in designing, delivering and promoting new communication solutions for this group. Our vision is Access to Communication for Everyone and we will continue to provide resources and expertise in this sector so our vision can be achieved.
About Australian Communication Exchange (ACE)Australian Communication Exchange (ACE) is a national not‐for‐profit community organisation. ACE was established to facilitate equity of access to the telecommunications network for people who are Deaf, or have a hearing or speech impairment.For further information about the Smart Auslan project with the National Sports Museum please visit www.smartauslan.com.au or email email@example.com or phone 1300 133 968.
Background information when reporting about Deaf and hearing impaired AustraliansThere is a difference between capital “D” Deaf Australians and deaf or hearing impaired. Australians who use Auslan sign language as their first and preferred language identify with themselves as belonging to the Deaf community. Usually, this group have been deaf since birth or early childhood and were taught to sign at an early age. Auslan is recognised as a community language other than English, so for Deaf Australians learning English is akin to learning a second language.Hearing impaired or hard of hearing people have either lost their hearing later in life or as children but followed an auditory‐oral approach. The children develop English speaking and listening skills with their residual hearing and do not usually use Auslan.Smart Auslan is accessible to both these groups because the museum information has been translated into both Auslan sign language and English captions.
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