Inclusion is within everyone’s ability.

A message from Travellers Aid CEO, Elias Lebbos.

It is gratifying to see a blossoming awareness of accessibility and inclusion. The past year has brought so many examples of the power of collaboration, and we are grateful to have like-minded partners who share our vision of an inclusive society.

As leaders in our field, we are proud to be a ‘go-to‘ organisation for others wanting to improve their own inclusion practices. With the support of paid co-facilitators with lived experience of disability, Travellers Aid is now delivering a range of disability awareness training programs. These sessions give non-disabled participants a sense of what it’s like to navigate public transport, streetscapes and events with a mobility impairment or invisible disability.

Our Summer Appeal aims to raise funds to expand the program with more resources and facilitators to achieve even greater impact.

In recent months, we’ve been honoured to contribute to important conversations locally and overseas. This has included speaking at the 105th Travelers Aid International annual conference in Philadelphia USA, the Public Transport Association of Australia and New Zealand, Better Transport – Better Future
conference, and most recently at the Breaking Barriers accessibility seminar, hosted by the Victoria Tourism Industry Council and City of Melbourne.

Our strong partnership with Yarra Trams has drawn combined recognition with awards including ‘Highly Commended’ in this year’s Australasian Rail Industry Awards Customer Service Excellence
category, as well as finalist in the Social Traders National Game Changer Awards for Victoria and Tasmania.

We are also grateful for the continued support of Kinetic in getting our access and inclusion message in front of more people with the donation of billboard space. I hope you’ll enjoy reading about
our impact-driven collaborations that demonstrate how inclusion is within everyone’s ability.

Elias Lebbos | Chief Executive Officer

A group of participants wearing vision impairment goggles, holding a white cane and in a wheelchair cross a road in Melbourne CBD.

Summer Appeal to grow awareness training

Travellers Aid’s disability awareness 
training programs are helping make 
public transport, workplaces, events, and streetscapes more accessible. And with almost one in five Australians living with disability, organisations are becoming  increasingly aware of the need to improve their accessibility and inclusion practices.

Peta wears a yellow summer dress and sits at a table with a friend. There are two bright cocktails on the table.

Campaign promotes inclusion for all

As an independent young disability 
advocate, Peta Hooke knows the 
challenges of weighing up transport links, venue accessibility and fatigue levels before committing to social plans. 

Now fronting Travellers Aid’s new ad campaign, Peta’s message is that you don’t need to face these concerns alone. 

NHP employee Darren stands at Yarra Tram stop in TA uniform volunteering for MIFGS

Corporate supporter thanks

Our partners make it possible for 
Travellers Aid to have the impact that we do.
We are grateful for the support of our many corporate friends.

5 older people sit in wheelchairs with 5 TA staff and volunteers at Southern Cross Station

Fuss-free support for disability day programs in Melbourne

If your job involves organising disability day programs, you’ll want to know what support is available to ensure a safe and successful outing. With a little forward planning, you and your group will enjoy a smooth and memorable day out.

Travellers Aid volunteer stands behind counter in an event marquee talking to two event goers

Upcoming accessible events

Get out your social diary and start adding the summer season’s accessible events.