Stickers will make sure wheelies don't get stuck
A NAMBOUR disability worker has launched a campaign to promote wheelchair friendly businesses.
Chris Filmer wants wheelchair friendly businesses to identify themselves by displaying a specially designed blue and white sticker.
Mr Filmer said there was a difference between being wheelchair accessible and being welcoming and friendly to people in wheelchairs.
"I've been a disability worker for the last five years. I've worked with a lot of people in wheelchairs and my sister is in a wheelchair,” he said.
"There's nothing worse than going into a shop and getting half-way down and aisle and you can't turn around and you have to reverse out,” he said.
Mr Filmer said some business operators made an effort to help a person in a wheelchair if they were having difficulty but there were some who showed little interest.
"Some cafes, they move chairs and tables around so we can get in and sit and have a cup of coffee,” he said.
"Most staff are quite helpful to us in terms of trying to get in but you can't always be sure.”
Mr Filmer hopes putting wheelchair-friendly stickers on businesses will help people in wheelchairs make choices before finding themselves in a difficult situation.
"It's more for convenience,” he said.
He said the stickers could be particularly helpful in a tourist area like the Sunshine Coast by allowing wheelchair visitors to identify businesses which will accommodate their needs.
Mr Filmer envisages people in wheelchairs will inspect premises before awarding the stickers but said the idea was to avoid the red tape of building codes and regulations.
He said a small fee might be charged to cover the cost of stickers or even allow some people in wheelchairs to earn a few dollars.
The first stickers have been sponsored by 121 Care and Steps Group but Chris is keen to hear from more sponsors or businesses who might want to wear one of the stickers.