Disability Access in Zoos
Perth Zoo’s long-term commitment to being a user-friendly place for people with disability has been recognised with the Companion Card Affiliate of the Year Award.
Minister for Disability Services, Helen Morton presented Perth Zoo with the award on behalf of National Disability Services, which operates the Companion Card program in Western Australia.
The Disability Services Commission-funded program gives people with disability the opportunity to attend cultural, entertainment, sport and recreation events and services with a carer, at no cost to the carer.
“There are 634 businesses, organisations, events or venues in WA registered as affiliates in the Companion Card program and 9,000 card holders who can attend affiliates’ events with a carer who gets in for free,” Mrs Morton said.
Perth Zoo has been affiliated with the program since 2006, but it has also implemented a range of other services to make the zoo user-friendly for everyone.
These include accessible parking, mobility scooter and wheelchair hire, an accessibility map, an accessible children’s playground, wheelchair friendly drinking fountains, soundscapes and audio devices, hands-on activities and a higher path at the Savannah exhibition to provide better viewing for people using wheelchairs and mobility devices.
The Minister said the award recognised the outstanding service to people with disability, their families and carers by Companion Card program affiliates.
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