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WHITE CANE DAY FREMANTLE TOUR

Posted in city of fremantle, community, disability, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 8, 2018

 

It is WHITE CANE DAY next Monday October 15 and the City of Fremantle is organising a tour for blind and sight impaired people. Details below.

Explore Fremantle through its history and stories on this 2-hour walking tour. This specialised tour celebrates White Cane Day. Low vision and blind community members are welcome. Sighted guides will be on hand to provide assistance.

Monday 15 October
10.00 am to 12.30 pm
Departs Fremantle Visitors Centre, Kings Square. Finishes Wanjoo Lounge, Fremantle Library.
Free

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CARING THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY

Posted in city of fremantle, photography, social services, Uncategorized, youth by freoview on September 1, 2018

 

AsEyeSeeIt

 

A new photo exhibition at the Fremantle Shipwrecks Museum is well worth viewing

As Eye See It Photographic Exhibition asked young people living in care in Western Australia to express what is important to them through photography.

Participants were given a camera and encouraged to take four photographs of things which hold a special significance for them.

The collection of photographs aims to raise awareness about what it means to live in out-of-home care and provides an insight into the worlds of these young people.

View this free exhibition at the WA Shipwrecks Museum in our their multipurpose community space.

Comment: This reminds me of the very moving Sight Unseen exhibition I curated many years ago at PICA, where I asked blind people to take photos of the three most important things in their life. The participants were then quoted underneath each photo as to why the image was so significant to them. Many visitors on the opening night had tears in their eyes.

Roel Loopers

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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!

Roel Loopers

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SIGNS POLLUTE FREO’S STREETSCAPE

Posted in fremantle by freoview on July 6, 2013

Visual pollution is my major if not only pet hate, so I photographed a few more Fremantle shops that put too many signs outside on the footpath. It’s ugly and it’s dangerous for sight-impaired people, so get rid of it.

Roel Loopers

signs 1 signs 2 signs 3 signs 4

 

FREO’S MINEFIELD ENDANGERS LIFE

Posted in fremantle by freoview on October 22, 2012

I must have been walking through Fremantle with my eyes closed the last twenty years and only the removal of the dangerous Framing Freo artworks from Kings Square has made me realise I am living in a minefield. Walking very deliberately through the inner city to look at things people could bump into I discovered many and most of them have been there for years, while noone has complaint or taken action to remove them.  Here are some: veranda posts, hydrants, alfresco seating, A-frames, tourist information signs, lampposts, parking meters, signposts, bollards, post boxes.

I agree that if the Framing Freo artworks endanger visually impaired people that those raised dotted pavers should be installed around them, no use though to remove the art unless all other ‘dangerous’ obstructions are also removed from where people walk.

I have contacted the SAS to see if they can blow up inner city Fremantle to make it safe for pedestrians again.

Roel Loopers

 

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