Business urged to join Zero Barrier campaign

ONE in five people in NSW has a disability – and at some point in our lives, we will all need help.

An initiative of The Multicultural Network, Zero Barriers offers free advice and resource support to businesses to help them boost accessibility for people with disabilities.
Zero Barriers Director Sue Huxtable-Jones says by being a more inclusive business, you will increase your customer base.
“This initiative is already helping to break down barriers and change business attitudes towards people with disabilities,” she said.
Supported by five councils in NSW including Canterbury Bankstown, Zero Barriers project co ordinator Rafa Zaim said 23,000 residents in the LGA recorded having a disability in the 2016 Census.
“There are a range of small changes that can make a big difference; for example, having door handles or QR codes at an accessible height,” she said.
Businesses and services that become a part of the project, join a recognisable movement through the Zero Barriers logo which can be displayed in their shopfront and on their digital media.
All businesses and services that register will become eligible for nomination and may receive a Zero Barriers Business Excellence Award.
Community First Credit Union Bankstown Store Manager Michele McLear says they joined Zero Barriers to boost their understanding of accessibility issues and be part of the new culture.
“We want to provide the same support and access to every member of the community,” she said.
“Being located at Bankstown RSL, we were already wheelchair friendly and can always provide customers with extra space if needed.
“It’s another opportunity to remove discrimination and increase diversity and that is exactly what makes Bankstown the great place it is.”
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