In April, 2010 I had the privilege to attend the ACAA Conference on in Tweed Heads as an exhibitor with our disabled access platform lifts.
As I was reasonably new to the access industry I was unsure what to expect from the conference/tradeshow.
Firstly I was very grateful for the wonderful location and accommodation. You cannot beat Tweed Heads in Autumn.
The other trade show exhibitors were very professional in their approach and I was surprised at the time and effort some of the exhibitors went to, clearly they believe that the ACAA Conference is an important Association within the industry.
As the days progressed I had many opportunities to speak with the attendees of the conference. They included access consultants, providers to access industry, council access officers and many others who have an interest in access issues.
People were amazing in sharing their stories of how they had become involved in disabled access; many had disabilities themselves or family members which had bought them to the conference. It was the first time I looked at how difficult access for anyone with a disability was and it astounded me at how little thought we as a society give to this issue and the many obstacles faced by the aging and disabled persons in our communities.
I came away from the conference with a new view of our world and a deep respect for those who continue to lobby our governments and organisations for access rights for a very important sector of our population.
Whilst the conference addressed some serious issues, there were some great times to mix and enjoy the company of some wonderful and many inspiring people. I would recommend this conference to people who have an interest in disabled access or would like to contribute to this Association in some way.