Disability Access Consultants Perth

We provide specialist consulting services and solutions that enable communities to be built so they are accessible by everyone, regardless of their abilities.

As occupational therapists AND access consultants we have a unique insight into the world of how people with varying access needs interact with the built environment. By using this knowledge we can audit or appraise buildings, streetscapes, parking bays, reserves, recreational facilities, shopping precincts and many other spaces in order to determine what access barriers may exist for a person with a disability, and for people of varying abilities.

By involving an Optimal disability access consultant to review your building plans before building commences, we can help ensure that your building is compliant with accessibility legislation and identify what changes need to be made to achieve compliance, without it becoming a costly retrofit once the build is completed.

  • Auditing of disability access of new building projects at all stages of design and development
  • Auditing and review of existing and proposed buildings, public transport infrastructure and conveyances
  • Reviewing building renovations, fit-outs and refurbishments
  • Providing recommendations on items that have an access or Disability Discrimination Act 1992 component
  • Site inspections during construction phase and prior to issuing of certificate of occupancy
  • Access reports
  • Reviewing alternative solutions where compliance is difficult to achieve
  • Development of design briefs to inform and guide the design process
  • Additional recommendations to achieve best practice and more closely meet the intentions of the DDA
  • Project management of the delivery of accessible objectives from design through to construction
  • OHS consulting and Safety in Design servicesto manage risk and meet obligations under the law.
  • Luminance Contrasting testing service to assist visually impaired people to navigate, negotiate and identify features within the built environment.

Desktop Review

Key accessibility features that ensure a building and spaces can be utilised by everyone are most economically included at the planning phase. The desktop review phase helps identify potential project variations earlier and mitigate project risk.

By involving an Optimal Living Therapy consultant to review your building plans before building commences, we can help ensure that your building is compliant with accessibility legislation and identify what changes need to be made to achieve compliance, without it becoming a costly retrofit once the build is completed.

Building Audit

Where an existing building is undergoing renovation, change of purpose, or is required to meet additional accessibility requirements, an audit or appraisal can be conducted with reference to legislation and standards current at the time of the audit.

This includes consideration of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA 1992) which supports the principle that people with a disability have the right to equitable and dignified access, if this access is not provided a complaint can be made under the DDA.

In particular this is relevant for the many spaces such as (but not limited to) landscapes, streetscapes, playgrounds and seating which are not required to meet building access legislation, but are required to meet the intent of the DDA.

Community Facilities

Parks, leisure centres, schools, childcare facilities, aged care, hospitals, common community spaces.

Residential

Residential developments, accomodation, homes, multi-unit homes, aged care developments.

Workplaces and Commercial

Mixed use commercial spaces, retail spaces, workplaces, offices, commercial developments.

Transport

Transport sites including rail, airports, ferries and other transport facilities.

An inclusive and accessible future is not about modifying spaces for those with a disability or access need, it is about designing homes and community spaces that every body can enjoy – regardless of their abilities. If we are proactive, instead of reactive, with our planning, design choices and the options we are given, we can change the Australian Landscape for everyone.

We see only possibilities and support people to act without limitations - by challenging the speed of progress and shedding light on the possibilities for change.

Lauren HartOptimal Living Therapy

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We see only possibilities and support people to act without limitations - by challenging the speed of progress and shedding light on the possibilities for change.

Lauren HartOptimal Living Therapy
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