The University of New England has been recognised for its efforts in improving disabled access, with Mary White College being awarded the 2011 Armidale Dumaresq Council Business Access Award.
Trent Pohlmann, Head of Mary White College, said that the recent $6-million refurbishments at the College had included the installation of 43 disabled access rooms, three private disabled ensuites, new shared disabled bathrooms and toilets, wheelchair accessible footpaths, a wheelchair lift, and tactile paving for visually impaired people.
“We want to ensure that our students at UNE who have a disability are at no disadvantage in either their classes or in their on-campus accommodation,” Mr Pohlmann said. “Our recent refurbishments allow our disabled students to enjoy the full on-campus experience at UNE.”
The award was presented at a function on Friday 2 December at the Armidale Ex-Services Memorial Club as part of the State Government’s “Don’t DIS my ABILITY” campaign. This annual campaign culminates in the International Day of People with a Disability (which this year was on Saturday 3 December) – a day designated by the United Nations as a time to celebrate and recognise the achievements, contributions and abilities of people with a disability.
Mary White College was nominated for the award alongside other companies in the Armidale region, and was selected as the successful recipient by the Armidale Dumaresq Council Access Advisory Committee (ADCAAC). The ADCAAC consists of Council employees with and without a disability, members of the community with and without a disability, and interested service providers. The ADCAAC works with – and makes recommendations to – Council and other government and non-government agencies that will ensure equitable access to services for the whole community.