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Want free books? Check out Shellyrae’s post at Book’d Out explaining the 2015 Australia Day Book Giveaway Blog Hop and offering up two books herself.

Non-Australian residents are eligible for many of the giveaways.

Entries close midnight Tuesday 27 February AEST – better get hopping!

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I’ve put up a couple of posts on Hoyden About Town recently, which I have not cross-posted here.

If you’re interested they are:

Quickhit: Malaria vaccine now a reality – the post title says it all.

Mortgagees vs tenants – about NAB’s attempt in Melbourne to have a tenant evicted immediately, rather than on 28 days’ notice, after the bank, as mortgagee, took possession of the property following default under the mortgage by the landlord/mortgagor (NB: the bank withdrew its application, probably because of the public outcry).

Rarely used laws? Depends who you ask – about the fact that charges for public order offences are only rarely used from the point of view of privileged groups; their overuse is a real problem for marginalised groups, especially Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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Hmm, that’s right – I have a blog!

Apologies to anyone who is still watching. Life is rather busy in the meatworld, and I simply don’t have enough thought-space/think-energy/patience/time/inspiration to write blog posts.

Stay tuned …

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DUFC logo: universal female symbol with the stars of the southern cross within the circle, the words 'DOWN UNDER' above and the words 'FEMINISTS CARNIVAL' below - all in cyan

The 29th Down Under Feminists Carnival is now up at bluebec.com.

bec has done a fabulous job putting together what looks like a great carnival.

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I did say this series would be irregular! You can find the first post in this series here. I will update this post with links to the other posts as I create them. You can also keep an eye on my list of series to see when posts get added to this series.

As is no doubt apparent from the title, this post addresses mobility accessibility on Sydney buses.

Signs in mobility accessible spaces

I’d like to start off by considering this sign:

Sign at wheelchair area on bus

Sydney Bus sign at the area designated for wheelchairs

There are three parts to the sign. At the top, there is a yellow sticker with dark writing that says 'For more information on travelling with wheelchairs, seniors and prams ... go to http://www.sydneybuses.info'. There are also three graphics: a stylised stick figure in a wheelchair; a stylised person wearing a dress with a jutting hip, cane and bag; a stylised pram.

Underneath that sticker, there is white writing directly on the glass. This says 'This area should be vacated by passengers when required for a wheelchair'.

Beneath that is a blue and white sticker. In the centre is a stick figure in a wheelchair. To the left, the writing: 'FOR SAFETY: wheelchair brakes must be applied while bus is in motion.' To the right, the writing: 'FOR SAFETY: wheelchairs must face the rear'.

I suspect the problems I see with this sign says a lot about Sydney Buses’ attitude towards people with different mobilities.


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I really liked Matt Brown’s report about triggers, and how easy it is to come across them online.

It’s an interesting and quick read, and may be a useful reference if you ever want to explain triggers or trigger warnings to someone.

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I will be away from the blog for a few weeks.

I may stick my head in, so to speak, from time to time, to empty spam and to see if there are any interesting comments. I may or may not post one or two posts, but it’s unlikely.

Comment moderation is going to be fairly high, but if you have commented before and contributed to the discussion when doing so, your comment is likely to go through.

Au revoir!

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This post is the first in an irregular series about accessibility and Sydney’s public transport. I will update this post with links to the other posts as I create them. The second post is here. You can also keep an eye on my list of series to see when posts get added to this series.

One thing that I particularly enjoy when I visit another place is figuring out how to use the public transport system. I like the fact that I can figure it out – that the tools provided are tools I am able to use. Some of the tools which are commonly available (sometimes online) are: timetables and route maps, route diagrams at stations/stops and in the relevant vehicle, stop announcements (visual and audio), signs at stations/stops.

Perhaps it’s ironic, but I think that Sydney is one of the worst places I’ve been when it comes to figuring that sort of thing out. This has a serious impact on the accessibility of our public transport.

It seems to me that the people who will have the most difficulty with accessibility in that regard are (in no particular order): (1) people with visual difficulties of various sorts; (2) people who have difficulty with certain processes (including people who find change difficult or confronting); and (3) people who have difficulty talking to strangers.

What follows is a general summary of the characteristics of public transport in Sydney which may cause those accessibility problems, and then a more specific discussion of the relationship between those characteristics and the people who have the general accessibility difficulties I’ve stated above. It’s quite a long post – that’s because there are a lot of accessibility problems!


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