Freedom camping for the disabled
Article by Bob Osborne
"Responsible Campers Association Incorporated / Disability.
We are currently conducting research into possible impacts the Freedom camping Act and maybe the self-containment standard for Motor- Caravans could be having on the Disabled community.
Bob Osborne, the founder and current Secretary of Responsible Campers Association Incorporated (RCAi) identifies as disabled, and having lived for some time as a disabled person in a motorhome through necessity, is aware of possible unintentional impacts on our Disabled Community.
We would like to hear your stories about possible impacts you have discovered.
Some possible scenarios would be;
# Unable to Freedom Camp in a tent due to the requirement to be Certified Self Contained (which tents can not be). It has been noted that tents are a common method of Camping for mobility impaired due to lack of entry steps.
# Being treated as a camper while taking a fatigue break while travelling. It is noted some who suffer chronic fatigue and like conditions often prefer travelling at night as to lessen the risk of hold ups etc. When these people feel the need to take a fatigue break they are often seen as Campers and infringements issued for illegal Camping. This situation is not helped by the fact chronic fatigue sufferers often need hours to recover, where as normal drivers are usually ok after a 20 -30 minute power nap.
There is a load of other potential impacts which we need to hear about. If you are unsure whether a particular situation is related to Freedom Camping please forward it to us and we can review the case and make a decision.
Although we have no current intentions to publish or share any particular lived experience stories, those stories can be powerful and it may be useful for us to share them in the future. If we were to publish any story you shared with us we would ensure that any personal details were removed to ensure anonymity.
If you share your story with us but do not wish us to publish it in any form, please let us know when you submit your story
All stories/cases can be forwarded to us via email at responsiblecampersassoc@yahoo or through our website contact www.accreditedcampernz.com
Thank you for helping