After finding herself in a wheelchair prior to diagnosis and treatment for Parkinson’s Disease, Elisha “Friday” Wright encountered the on going frustration of access to premises in order to continue an independent life. Then, writing a blog post and vowing to fight for inclusion for people with disabilities, the post went viral and the No Permit No Park Campaign was born in March 2013.
Now a well known advocate for access and inclusion, Friday works with all levels of government and relevant agencies to continue to improve policies that create inclusive communities. Changing attitudes through education is her strategy. She has developed material used Australia wide and has been adopted by other organisations and adapted globally. When asked why she feels it’s such an important issue, Friday’s response is:
“Disability Parking is about access and inclusion with dignity. When this access is taken away, the result is exclusion. Enforcement of disability parking laws is about more than just a traffic infringement. It’s about preventing discrimination against people with disabilities. It’s standing up for their rights to be included in their community.”
We welcome you to browse the website and join us on social media to keep sharing the valuable information and stories with the goal to a world where no one is excluded for their level of capability.
No Permit No Park aims to be an educational and thought provoking campaign that engages with the community to encourage inclusion for everyone. Enforcement will hopefully become something that is redundant one day if we continue to educate the community to be more considerate of the accessible areas designed for people with disabilities. Our priority is to keep the access free to be used rather than issuing infringements. All it takes is for people to be considerate of the needs of others.
All campaign members and visitors are encouraged to engage in productive conversation that promotes the values of inclusive communities, equity for people with disabilities and building ideas for future benefit. It is also a place where people can vent frustrations and share in humour. We do not in any way condone, nor encourage, any acts of violence, abuse, or damaging people’s property.
Certain terms are offensive to people with disabilities and we do ask that you are mindful and respectful of that when communicating with other members and refrain from using them when asked to do so.