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Finding a new hobby

If you aren’t sure what hobby you want to do, you could try a few different things like:

  • joining a community group
  • going to a class
  • going online to take part in activities.

You could also find activities and events at:

  • your local community centre
  • your local council
  • websites like Facebook.
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If you find an activity or event you want to take part in, but it isn’t accessible, you have the right to ask for changes so that you can take part.

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When something is accessible, everyone can use it.

This might be:

  • a place or a building
  • transport
  • a service
  • information
  • a website.
Accessible transport, building, information and website.

Your new hobby should be in an accessible venue.

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An accessible venue means it:

  • has a ramp into the building
  • is set up for someone to bring their assistance animal, like a guide dog for people who are vision impaired
  • has accessible car parking
  • has an accessible entry, like automatic doors
  • has accessible toilets.
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In Australia there are lots of accessible sporting venues if you want to take part in a sport.

You can contact your local council to find out about accessible sporting venues in your area.

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Other ways your hobby can be accessible include:

  • using a private space
  • organising a quiet place where people can go if the event is too loud
  • giving people accessible information about the hobby.For example, giving people Easy Read membership forms.
  • holding it at a good time.For example, not having the event too late at night when there isn’t as much public transport.
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