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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.

Roel Loopers

 

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GREENS ABILITY TO SHINE IN CANBERRA

Posted in fremantle, greens, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on July 28, 2017

 

Isn’t it interesting how difficult it appears to be to walk the talk, no matter if one is on the right or left side of politics.

According to the West Australian today the WA Greens are in a bit of turmoil after the dual-citizenship resignation of Senator Scott Ludlam.

The person who came second on the ballot has got the right to step into Ludlam’s position and go to Canberra, but that person is 22-year-old Jordon Steele-John.

Not only is Jordon just 22 but he is also disabled, so now the Greens are lamenting that it should be decided by the grassroots members of the party who will follow Scott Ludlam.

I have witnessed Jordon Steele-John a few times during community forums and he is a very intelligent young man who speaks very well and is really likeable, so why not give him the go he deserves?

It is not as if there are a lot of good breaks in life for disabled people, and if we talk about quotas in politics disabled people are rarely mentioned.

Jordon would be a breath of fresh air in the Canberra Senate and has the intelligence to grow into the job and become an excellent representative for Fremantle.

 

Roel Loopers

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.

Roel Loopers

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.

Roel Loopers

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THE MEANING OF AUSTRALIA DAY

Posted in australia, australia day, fremantle by freoview on January 26, 2016

Today we celebrate Australia Day and the achievements of our nation and I will be at the Fremantle Esplanade for the citizenship ceremony that is so life-changing for those of us who come from foreign countries and commit ourselves to our new home.

Australia Day is also invasion day, the day where foreigners forcefully occupied the land that indigenous people had looked after for some 50,000 years. It was the start of racism in this country when white people believed they were superior to those ‘black savages’ and ignored their culture and knowledge of the land. Racism is still a daily occurrence for Aboriginal people and others with a dark skin because some ignorant white people believe they are better just because of the colour of their skin. A woman on Facebook even suggested “These Aboriginals should go back to the country they came from.” I think that shows the intelligence of racists.

It is good to celebrate Australia’s achievement but January 26 is just not the right day for it. I hope that once we become a republic Australia Day will be celebrated on the day of our independence from England.

Australia is a good country and it has been very good to me since I arrived here in 1982. I love living in Fremantle where we are more like a family than a community. We care, share, participate and try to make a difference and we all in our own way want to make this a better place.

I love it that we have such a peaceful and harmonious multicultural society. Those who become Australian citizens today should know that Fremantle people are very tolerant and embracing and that we welcome you with open arms and will support you whenever we can.

Every year on Australia Day people claim this is the greatest country on earth but that of course is nonsense as there is no best country on the planet. We are doing well but are less than perfect and there is a lot of room for improvement.

A rich country that still has so many homeless and poor people, where many indigenous people live in third-world conditions, where the disabled and aged are struggling to get by, and where real equality between women and men is a long way away, cannot claim to be the best country in the world.

A country that refuses to approve same gender marriage and that believes that real love can only be between people of opposite sex is not the best country on earth, because it shows Australia is still holding on to old archaic values and is yet to move on to become a genuine progressive nation that embraces change and tolerates diversity.

Australia is a country of immense opportunity for those who live and come here but the gap between the very rich and very poor is growing and that needs to be addressed as a priority. Corporate greed is no substitute for culture and substance and high-rise buildings are no substitute for old-growth forests.

Life is all about balance and willingness to share and I believe we can achieve that in Australia, so instead of getting pissed on this special day and waste money on grog why not ask someone less fortunate to join you today for a real Aussie BBQ or picnic and show them we don’t take our fellow Aussies for granted.

Have a happy Australia Day, Fremantle!

Roel Loopers

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. ; >)

Roel Loopers

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LAST WEEK OF SCULPTURE@BATHERS. DON’T MISS IT!

Posted in art, fremantle, sculpture@bathers by freoview on March 23, 2015

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We are now in the last week for SCULPTURE@BATHERS and it has been rewarding to see how successful it has already been. Many works have been sold to corporate and private collections and local governments and people have been visiting in large numbers.

This week more than 180 disabled people will be taken on tours with beach wheelchairs if needed, and many schools have done excursions to Bathers to enjoy the art by 75 Western Australian artists.

One eye-catching work that is still available for sale is the tall tree by Melanie Maclou. It is stunning and lights up at night, while the ‘leaves’ reflect sunlight during the day as if rays of light shoot off it. Any buyers?!

S@B finishes this Sunday March 29 with the big Seafood Festival, so make sure not to miss it and support local artists.

Roel Loopers

HAPPY WELFARELESS NEW YEAR AUSTRALIA!

Posted in australia, fremantle, social services, welfare by freoview on December 23, 2014

Welfare and social services for those who need and deserve government support will no doubt be slashed by new Social Services minister Scott Morrison, who showed little empathy for asylum seekers when he was in charge of the Immigration and Border Protection portfolio. As he did with his migration portfolio Morrison will try to stop welfare and turn back the boats of social despair.

Morrison will have little respect for all those bludgers who need government handouts, support and housing, as they can only blame themselves.

People should no longer receive pension once they reach their use-by date of 70 years of age and age-care facilities should be closed.

Those narcissists who claim to have mental health problems and live with the paranoid fantasy that a black dog is responsible for it should embrace the Dr Philip Nitschke solution and take a pill or two instead of expecting expensive government care.

Disabled people should just get on with it and not behave like soccer players who act as if they are badly hurt when nothing is wrong with them.

People who don’t earn enough to rent or buy a house simply have to accept that it is survival of the fittest. They can’t expect governments to supply them with accommodation as that is unfair to those who have worked hard to buy their own home.

Single parent benefits will also be scrapped because relationship break-ups can only be blamed on those involved and should not become a burden to society. Stick with your partners and look after your kids instead of being sooks who feel sorry for themselves.

Aboriginal people had 200 years to assimilate and adapt to our western lifestyle and should just get on with it, get a job, have fewer children, learn English and stop whingeing, because Scott Morrison will have nothing off it.

If you can’t find a job when you leave school you obviously did not study hard enough and did not try hard enough, so why should the community look after you. Centrelink will be closed and that will save society millions.

Caring for the community will no longer be a government responsibility. We are on our own and those not strong enough to make it in our competitive and selfish society will just have to go away and die. Imagine how much money can be saved by cutting social services and how fast the Abbott government can get the budget back in the black that way.

Scotty wishes all us bludgers a happy welfareless new year.

Roel Loopers

ALL ABILITIES EVENT AT YOUTH PLAZA

Posted in disability, fremantle by freoview on December 3, 2014

Access All Abilities held an International Day of People with Disability at the Fremantle Esplanade Youth Plaza skatepark today with disabled people playing basketball and football while some more abled kids tried what it was like to do sport in a wheelchair.

Nice to see so many smiling faces and everyone having fun.

Roel Loopers

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