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Not Accommodating

A recent conference in Melbourne, Vic., Australia, was a disgrace, attendees say. Disabled attendees, who paid A$2,000 (US$1560) to attend, were not accommodated, they say: they had to all sit together in the back corner of the room, and “The food provided was up on really tall tables,” said attendee Jax Jacki Brown, so “wheelchair users could not access it.” Worse, disabled people who were there to speak at the conference had to be carried up to the stage, since it wasn’t wheelchair accessible. And just what was this conference? The sixth annual National Disability Summit. (RC/Australian ABC) ...Notice: they’re now taking topic suggestions for next year’s conference.
Original Publication Date: 19 April 2015
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 21.

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