Link Disability Magazine is Australia's leading national cross-disability magazineFeaturing opinions and perspectives directly from people with a disability, Link covers a diverse range of topics including news, issues, art, sport, breakthroughs, travel, health, advocacy, products and people in the disability sector. Link started out in 1980 as a small state-based newspaper and has since evolved into a national, professionally designed, glossy, colour magazine.
From the Editor – Just about every Australian knows of legendary rocker Jimmy Barnes and his music but did you know that Jimmy has a daughter, Elly-May, with cerebral palsy? Having recently opened up about his violent and often traumatic childhood in the book Working Class Boy, Jimmy chatted to our entertainment writer Marlena Katene to share his experiences as the parent of a child with CP, as well as music, his career and the importance of family. Marlena also caught up with Elly-May, who says that having a disability has made her stronger and more determined to succeed in life.
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The profile on Matthew's twitter account (@renovatingmatthew) describes him as a ‘Husband, father, son, brother and friend to the most amazing people in the world. Engineer, sport lover, limbless guy wanting to make the world a better place’. A quadruple amputee as a result of streptococcal toxic shock acquired five years ago, Matthew has shown remarkable strength of character to adapt to his situation and has recently begun another phase of his recovery; driving a vehicle.
Prior to becoming a quadruple amputee Matthew had been working as an executive in the energy and resources sector, the culmination of study and a 20-year career in environmental engineering. He and his wife had climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, walked to Machu Picchu in Peru, and white-water-rafted in New Zealand. They renovated a home and had four children.