Disabled often court out

ACCESS to courts that most take for granted can be a challenge for many Border people with a disability.

It can come down to something as seemingly straightforward as getting into a building.

Wodonga’s Disability Advocacy and Information Service senior advocate Michelle Critchley said another barrier was hearing loops not being available.

“People who have a physical disability can be left waiting in court without knowing when their issue will be heard and may be in pain or discomfort,” she said.

“There may be some services available for people, however they may not know to ask for them.”

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission’s report Beyond Doubt — the experiences of people with disabilities reporting crime points out that people with a disability have a right to equal access to courts.