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BRAILLE MENUS AT FREMANTLE RESTAURANTS

Posted in city of fremantle, disability, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on July 15, 2018

 

A big well done to Fremantle’s Leighton Beach restaurant Bib&Tucker and East Fremantle’s May Street Larder for providing BRAILLE menus for blind and sight impaired people.

These little things give so much independence and respect to disabled people. I hope many other eateries will follow this great lead!

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AUSLAN AT SPARE PARTS PUPPET THEATRE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, disability, spare parts puppet theatre, Uncategorized by freoview on June 18, 2018

 

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Good to see that the Fremantle Spare Parts Puppet Theatre is having special performances with Auslan sign language assistance for those with hearing difficulties.

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INTERNET ACCESS MEANS INDEPENDENCE FOR DISABLED PEOPLE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, communication, daada, disability, internet, Uncategorized by freoview on June 6, 2018

 

 

The beautiful hall of DADAA, the former Fremantle Boys School at Princess May Park, was packed full this morning for the launch of the CENTRE FOR ACCESSIBILITY  by Stephen Dawson MLC.

The CFA’s aim is to promote digital access for people with a disability. This is not about compliance, but about people!

A short video showed the major issues for disabled people when accessing the internet. “Every website has got too many words. Very difficult to find stuff” “You want my cash, make your website accessible”

Stephen Dawson MLC said the Centre for Accessibility was about effectively engaging with on-line content and that it needs to be stressed that it is about independence for people with a disability.

The on-line informations needs to be available to everyone, as every person has a unique contribution to make to the community. Abled people sometimes take for granted what others don’t have. It is about breaking down the barriers!

The first three targets to improve on-line information are local government, providers of disability services and arts organisations. Many others will no doubt follow and make their on-line content more accessible to disabled people, e.g. add captions to video content, provide a transcript for audio-only content such as podcasts, audio volume needs to be adjustable, when using audio alerts also provide the visual equivalent.

The former Chair person of DADAA Helen Errington gave a very insightful speech with a lot of humour. She was not impressed with the early 8.30am launch and suggested to take the A out and make it a lunch next time.

Access to the internet means independence for us, she said, as it enabled her to do on-line food shopping, socialise via Twitter and Facebook, do research, find tradespeople and services, etc.

We were isolated before the internet and going out is often an ordeal. “Through the internet the mountain has come to Mohammed. We just want to be included”

I believe the Centre for Accessibility is a significant step forward toward real equality. It is practical and achievable rather than tokenism. See: http://www.accessibility.org.au

Well done to all involved. This is a great initiative, so very disappointing that I did not see anyone from the City of Fremantle in the crowd.

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DADAA NEEDS SUPPORT TO OPEN CAFE

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, coffee, disability, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on May 25, 2018

 

Arts and disability organisation, DADAA is moving ahead with the next phase of the redevelopment of the former Old Boys School at Fremantle’s Princess May Park with the creation of a cafe in the lovely courtyard behind the building.

The old 1901 kitchen at the core of the Fremantle heritage building is the next area to receive an upgrade with the creation of the new café Humble Pantry Fremantle.

DADAA had a dream of turning the old kitchen and courtyard into a great café that not only serves excellent coffee and healthy food, but also provides training and employment opportunities for people with disability.

DADAA, a not-for-profit organisation that provides access to art programs for people with disability, have partnered with dynamic mother-son team Clare and Kieran Cranny to open the café later this year.

The new café initiative is pursuing a sustainable financial model that is not reliant on government funding in order to meet its goal of providing employment for people with disability. DADAA and its new café operators are keen to work with businesses and individuals to meet this mission.

Local business Brayco got on board early, generously donating the commercial kitchen.

DADAA are now seeking other local businesses and donors to assist in raising the remaining $30,000 through crowdfunding to complete the fit-out of Fremantle’s first truly inclusive café – a place where the entire community can recognise accessibility and celebrate diversity.

Locals are invited to join the ‘Humble Coffee Club’ and to join in on this exciting community-building project with a contribution, large or small.

The campaign, which ends on 30 June 2018, has been launched with a video on the leading platform for cause-driven crowdfunding, StartSomeGood:

https://startsomegood.com/humblepantryfremantle.

Donors and supporters will recognise their name on a Giving Wall created by DADAA artists and will be invited to a celebratory opening to meet other generous individuals who want to see social enterprise like this initiative flourish in Fremantle.

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DADAA, TELETHON AND CIRCUS WA COLLABORATION

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, disability, Uncategorized by freoview on May 2, 2018

 

Fremantle’s DADAA is in a new partnership with Channel 7’s Telethon for 2018 and 2019.

Experience Collider is a dynamic and original arts project designed especially for teenagers with high support needs. It aims to offer young people exciting ways to build physical strength, communication skills, confidence and resilience, while developing new friendships and networks to help them connect.

“DADAA is delighted to be supported by Telethon in this innovative and collaborative arts project,” said DADAA’s Executive Director, David Doyle. “Teenagers with disability and high support needs can become socially isolated, lonely and depressed. This project will break down these barriers through quality arts participation and engagement.”

Experience Collider will also involve researchers from the Telethon Kids Institute to further their Quality of Life research program.

Experience Collider will blend digital media with dance, circus and theatre through a series of workshops over 18 months, culminating in a professional festival-style performance showcase in 2019.

This new project sees DADAA joining creative forces with Circus WA, enhancing the new creative hub activated since both organisations co-located to the historic Old Boys’ School at Princess May Park.

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FREMANTLE BEACH WHEELCHAIRS!

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, disability, local governmet, Uncategorized by freoview on February 7, 2018

 

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It is not a well-known fact that there are FREE beach wheelchairs available for hire in Fremantle at South Beach and Bathers Beach, so that disabled people can also go for a swim

Bathers Beach can be booked on 1300 134 081 or reception@museum.wa.gov.au

South Beach can be booked on 9432 9999 or info@fremantle.wa.gov.au

 

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DADAA WELCOMED AT OLD FREO BOYS SCHOOL

Posted in art, city of fremantle, disability by freoview on November 3, 2016

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DADAA, the Disability in the Arts and Disadvantaged in the Arts organisation was welcomed at their new premises at the former Boys School at Fremantle’s Princess May Park by Mayor Brad Pettitt this morning.

Good to see the community arts organisation taking up the lease of the heritage building and share space with the Fremantle Foundation.

Have a look how good it already looks, although DADAA will slowly move in over the next six months as internal work still needs to be done and a new cafe will open at the back courtyard opposite Clancy’s.

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DADAA NEW TENANTS FOR FREO’S OLD BOYS SCHOOL

Posted in city of fremantle, disability, fremantle, heritage, western australia by freoview on July 11, 2016

Subject to Fremantle Council approving the lease conditions local not-for-profit organisation DADAA is the new tenant for the 162-year-old heritage-listed Old Boys’ School at Princess May Park.

DADAA was selected ahead of 11 other applicants to lease the building. The selection process was based on a strict set of criteria which included a demonstration of broad community benefits, financial stability and the ongoing activation of the surrounding precinct.

DADAA has indicated a variety of uses for the Old Boys’ School building focused on providing a fully accessible community art and cultural hub. Some of the uses include:

an open access community print studio and production facilities
a community cinema
arts programs aimed at school-aged children
a public café and courtyard staffed by an inclusive workforce
community access band facilities
public art galleries
academic research residency programs
an urban orchards project.

DADAA’s Chair Helen Errington, who has championed an affirmation model of disability for the organisation, said the DADAA team couldn’t wait to move into their new premises. “The very central location and inclusive nature of DADAA’s new premises at the Old Boys’ School provides a perfect setting for building a healthy and vibrant community where diversity is embraced rather than feared,” she said. “It will give people with disability a place in the community where they can flourish and be recognised as integral to the mosaic of life.”

BEACH ACCESS FOR DISABLED AT FREMANTLE

Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, disability by freoview on April 6, 2016

I know the beach season is officially over but that won’t deter thousands of people to still go for a swim during autumn, winter and spring, so I was wondering what happened to the beach access wheelchair for the disabled at Bathers Beach that was bought by FICRA and stationed at the Shipwreck Museum.

Is it still there and if so, why are there no signs at Bathers Beach to indicate where people can go and grab it to allow disabled people to have a swim?

A lot of councils now use new mats to allow disabled people access to the beach, so this is something the City of Fremantle might also want to introduce at our beaches by next summer.

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DADAA VISITS BATHERS BEACH SCULPTURES

Posted in daada, disability, fremantle, sculpture@bathers by freoview on March 24, 2015

Over 180 people with a disability are visiting the Fremantle SCULPTURE@BATHERS exhibition this week. DADAA is doing fantastic work and it is great to see the FICRA-funded beach wheelchair getting a good work out over the last few days.

S@B is open till Sunday, so come and say hello, enjoy the sunset, have a stroll and support the work of 75 Western Australian artists. I’ll be on duty from 4-8 this evening so pop by and give me some company. ; >)

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