The idea for the Better Access Map originates in work completed by St Vincent de Paul Society’s Ability Links program. From their work with people with a disability, their families and carers, Linkers identified a gap in the availability of reliable information about the accessibility of the built environment. Initially, Ability Links begun testing whether assessments of venues could be done and whether the gathered information would be useful in supporting people with a disability to be more active in their community.
The initial testing was a success, receiving a great deal of interest from businesses, peak bodies and people with a disability. It became clear that all people benefit from having reliable information that allows us to choose what to do and where to go quickly and easily. By launching the Better Access Map smartphone application, we hope to be at the forefront of a movement for social inclusion, promoting accessibility in communities throughout NSW.
St Vincent de Paul Society NSW continues to offer a range of services for people with a disability. From employment opportunities, to housing, to community access and participation, you can find out more about what we do at www.vinnies.org.au