Students and staff with disabilities will have an easier time commuting between campuses after the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) unveiled its first wheelchair-accessible bus.
The bus – which features an electric wheelchair lift and secure docking areas on board – is part of USQ’s Disability Action Plan, launched by Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie today.
Professor Mackenzie described the launch as a landmark moment for the University.
“More than 1,400 of our student population identifies as having a disability,” she said.
“This four year plan will comprehensively address barriers to higher education and improve the way both students and staff with disabilities are supported by the University.
“We know that carers who support people with disabilities play a crucial role in community, and our Disability Action Plan recognises them, as well.”
USQ alumni Laura Scurr requires a wheel chair to mobilise, and has never caught a bus before.
“My mum drives me everywhere,” Laura said.
“Many people take public transport for granted, but for those with mobility issues, this bus will empower them, making it possible to commute between Toowoomba, Ipswich and Springfield whenever they want.”
USQ’s Disability Action Plan is part of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Disability Discrimination Act 1992.
USQ’s Christie White presents the USQ Disability Action Plan at USQ Toowoomba.