GETTING out and about in our neighbourhood is something most of us take for granted.
For disabled people, getting out and joining in social activities can be an uphill battle, not to mention the possibility of isolation and remoteness.
Sharon Browne of Villa Maria, a not-for-profit support organisation for the elderly and people with a disability, said for many clients community access was difficult.
Villa Maria, which has care centres in Mount Waverley and Wantirna, has launched a new fund-raising appeal and it is hoped Monash residents will get behind the cause.
Ms Browne said transport was a huge issue given the complexities of various disabilities.
"Some people may not live close to a transport route and are entirely reliant on others for support."
She said in most instances, regular buses was not fitted out with gear to transport someone in a wheelchair.
The cost of modifying a bus can be up to $9000 and a new bus may cost $100,000.
"We want to modify some vehicles so they can better accommodate people with special needs," Ms Browne said.
"Something like $20 goes a long way.
"It's important for people with disabilities to be able to take part in a number of community-based activities."
Villa Maria instructor Maureen O'Toole said that bus modifications would have a big impact on the lives of disabled people living in the area.
"Increased access to transport will open up the world for a lot of these people," Ms O'Toole said.
Money raised will go towards petrol for bus outings, bus modifications such as wheelchair hoists and to cover the hire costs of additional buses.