Accessible Transport Issue based forums
A collective voice can develop and have impact when an existing organisation creates opportunities for people with a range of disabilities to identify shared experiences and lobby around a specific issue such as accessible transport.
In 2013 during the second review of the national Accessible Public Transport Standards, Equal Opportunity Tasmania arranged a forum in Launceston and one in Hobart to bring people with disability together who were concerned about their local public transport services.
The two Forums provided information on what the Accessible Public Transport Standards were trying to achieve and collected the real experiences of people with disability who use public transport.
Around 60 people attended the two forums
The shared experiences of people with disability who attended the Forums were recorded and formed part of the submission made by Equal Opportunity Tasmania on the Standards review. Many individuals who attended the Forum also made their own submissions.