Accessibility in mind for new co-worker hub.
12 October 2021. ADELAIDE-born entrepreneur Shane Hryhorec has launched what he describes as an Australian-first co-working facility specifically designed for people with disabilities.
The passionate local advocate for people with disabilities has transformed a Port Adelaide building into the co-working space known as “co-able”, where accessibility is at the heart of the design.
It starts with the lack of curb outside on the street, right through to signage that includes braille for people who are blind or who have visual impairments.
Mr Hryhorec, who has lived with tetraplegia since breaking his neck in a swimming accident in 2007, said the venue was designed for sole traders, small businesses and professionals in the disability sector who were looking for a “dynamic and inclusive” co-working environment.
All too often I hear stories of people having difficulty when it comes to accessing buildings, transport and services, which can sadly lead to people becoming isolated because they feel it’s just too hard to try and navigate these overwhelming obstacles.Shane Hryhorec
I wanted to create a space truly suited for people with disabilities, designed for their needs in mind, close to convenient transport options, and within easy reach of the city and broader metropolitan area. So we transformed our Marryatt Street building into something truly special that offers collaborative spaces and a sense of community unlike anything I have ever experienced.Shane Hryhorec
There are 3 membership options at co-able - single rooms, suites and workstations - and all members have access to a shared meeting room and a communal cafe and dining area known as The Noshery.
Wide doorways and hallways support ease of movement throughout the space, while lowered bench-tops, appliances and furniture have also been installed, and nonslip surfaces feature throughout. Tactile floor pads are located in key locations to improve safety and mobility.
Push Mobility state manager Grant Allen is one of the building’s first tenants.
He expects the new space to attract interest from allied health workers and disability sector organisations.
“There are about 200,000 registered allied health professionals across Australia, and they need to provide a venue that offers easy, safe access and a positive client experience,” he said.