Accessibility

DAISY players

Library members with a print disability* can listen to audio books, magazines and even newspapers with the new Digital Accessible Information Systems (DAISY) player available to borrow from any Yarra Libraries branch.

The DAISY players offer the reader more options than cassette or CD players, with features such as large tactile buttons and simple operation.

They can be used to play the library’s audiobook CDs, including MP3 versions or audio files stored on USB sticks or memory cards. They are also compatible with Vision Australia’s collection.

Bookings for DAISY players are essential and can be made by contacting Yarra Libraries on 1300 695 427 or yarralibraries@yarracity.vic.gov.au

*A print disability can include blindness or vision impairment, or a physical or perceptual impairment which means that reading a conventional book is not possible

 

Changing Places Toilet

 

Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library is home to a new Changing Places toilet.

Introduced to Australia in 2012, Changing Places toilets are specifically suitable toilets for people who cannot use standard accessible toilets. This may include people with an acquired brain injury, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, motor neurone disease and their carers, as well as many other people with a disability.

Changing Places toilets are provided in addition to and separate from standard accessible toilets. They differ from accessible toilets in that they must undergo Changing Places Accreditation, comply with Changing Places design requirements and meet key requirements such as:

    • A height adjustable adult sized changing bench

    • A constant charging ceiling track hoist system

    • A centrally located peninsula toilet

    • Circulation spaces as defined in the design specifications

    • Automatic door with a clear opening of 950mm at a minimum

    • Other fixtures and fittings as detailed in the design specifications.

The strict accreditation guidelines ensure that any toilet advertised as a Changing Places toilet consistently meets the needs and expectations of the people who use them as well as their carers.

For more information http://changingplaces.org.au/