Government – Our Campaign
As part of our No Need To Explain campaign, Invisible Disabilities Australia is actively lobbying Federal and State Governments to recognise the needs of the millions of people in Australia with invisible disabilities by supporting;
- changes to the Building Code of Australia to include the needs of a broad range of invisible disabilities. Including, but not limited to – design standards that cater to people who have an ostomy (current toilet design does not incorporate the needs of ostomy wearers)
- changing disability signage to incorporate the Invisible Disabilities logo, in addition to the current wheelchair logo, where toilet design meets a minimum standard for ostomy wearers and others
- recognition of the Invisible Disabilities Australia – National Card & Lanyard to ensure quick recognition by security staff at venues and airports, tourist facilities, medical staff, schools, post offices, hospitals, police and the public in general
- improved access to facilities and services related to the medical and social needs of our Invisible Disabilities community
- our No Need to Explain campaign is about the need people have and not what their disability is, so no one should have to explain what their invisible disabilities are to get assistance or to use a disabled facility. Our access card does the explaining for them!
- changes to the Civil Aviation and Safety Authority (CASA) airport industry guidelines to support equal access to air travel for invisible and other disabilities to ensure the journey from check-in to arrival at the final destination is made as comfortable as possible and with an appropriate level of care and recognition. In particular please see page 11 of the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority’s guidelines around assisting passengers with invisible disabilities.
- the addition of photographs to disability parking permits to evidence the need of the driver or passenger in the car. This will help stop the misperception and abuse of people with invisible disabilities when people mistakenly believe that their disability should be visible, as with wheelchairs. We hope this will also contribute to stopping the misuse of disability parking permits.