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Monday, 1st August 2016

The countdown has well and truly begun to the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games and, here at Link, we’re excited! We wish all the 170-plus Australian athletes competing in Rio the best of luck – we’ll be cheering for you! In this edition of Link we catch up on the latest Paralympic news and meet some of the athletes hoping for success.

 

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Sport Sucks

Monday, 1st August 2016

The worst part of school was sport. I used to dread it. I played a really big part – the part of loser. To me, playing sport was not much fun. I could never go great guns – even when the gun would go off and everyone would fly out of the starting gates.

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Link Loves

Monday, 1st August 2016

Fashion Forward - Laura Richter, 22, is the latest trailblazer trying to shake up the fashion industry.

Another artist's impression of Minda's new development at Brighton.

In the News

Monday, 1st August 2016

  • Green light for Minda development
  • Back to nature
  • New chief for Novita
  • Changes to NSW taxi payments
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Products and Services

Monday, 1st August 2016

  • Telephone tutorial
  • Are you ready?
  • Terrific technology
  • Taking control
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Amazing Aggie

Monday, 1st August 2016

A new international research consortium aims to find out more about the disorder of the corpus callosum (DCC), writes Kerry Faulkner.

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Nothing for granted

Monday, 1st August 2016

From Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything to Daniel Day Lewis in My Left Foot, the casting of able-bodied actors as characters with disability continues to be a sticking point for many.

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Deliciously Disabled

Monday, 1st August 2016

 ‘Pathways to Practice’ is the theme for this year’s Arts Activated conference, on September 20 to 21 at the Carriageworks contemporary art centre in Sydney. 

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Speechless has plenty to say

Monday, 1st August 2016

A new US television series called ‘Speechless’ has been applauded for its honest portrayal of people with cerebral palsy. Entertainment journalist Marlena Katene met up with one of the stars of the show, Hollywood actress Minnie Driver, to discuss her role as the Show’s matriarch and how people with disability are portrayed in the media.

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Sibling cord blood trial shines hope on CP treatment

Monday, 1st August 2016

Australia’s first clinical trial of stem cell infusion from cord blood as a possible treatment for cerebral palsy (CP) is currently underway in Melbourne at the Royal Children’s Hospital.

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Baby Moves

Thursday, 28th July 2016

A smartphone app that will enable early diagnosis of cerebral palsy in babies is being developed by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in conjunction with Australian digital health and technology company, Curve Tomorrow.

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It's all a Game

Monday, 1st August 2016

Researchers from Cerebral Palsy Alliance have developed a new early intervention program called GAME (Goals Activity Motor Enrichment) that can significantly improve the walking, hand use and thinking skills of babies diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

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Four-legged friends lend a paw

Monday, 1st August 2016

Assistance dogs are well-known for their ability to help people with vision impairment, autism and post-traumatic stress disorder, but did you know they are also widely used to help people with physical disabilities?

 

Professor Rob Herbert and PhD student Arkiev D’Souza are using a new technique called diffusion tensor imaging to examine the causes of muscle contracture in people with cerebral palsy.

Muscle Mayhem

Monday, 1st August 2016

A study into the cause of muscle contracture in people with cerebral palsy is being conducted by Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA)

photo of Paralympians Jayden Sawyer, Ahmed Kelly, Emma Booth, Kurt Fearnley and Kate Doughty.

Bound for Glory

Monday, 1st August 2016

Australians will be glued to their television sets from September 7 to 18 as action gets underway at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. 

 

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Ones to Watch

Monday, 1st August 2016

Two new sports have been added to the program for Rio and Australia has world champions in both, writes Marayke Jonkers. Six Australians will chase the first Paralympic medals in the sport in Rio, and are in with a strong chance given Australia has won 16 World Championship medals, including seven gold, since 2010.

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Role Model

Monday, 1st August 2016

After 25 years of playing for the Goodwood Saints Football Club in the C7 Division of the South Australian Amateur Football League (SAAFL), Grant Haskard, aka ‘Boof’, is ready to hang up his boots.

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World Rugby champs for Oz

Monday, 1st August 2016

The world’s best wheelchair rugby players will descend on Australia in August 2018 when the Wheelchair Rugby World Championships are held in Sydney.

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Great Ocean Road a holiday spot for all

Monday, 1st August 2016

Holidaying on the beautiful Great Ocean Road just got easier for people with disability thanks to the new Bell Air accessible accommodation development at Ocean Grove on the Bellarine Peninsula.

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Time Out

Monday, 1st August 2016

Parents of children with disability, developmental delay or a chronic medical condition are encouraged to make contact with their local MyTime group.

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Stepping out in Sydney

Monday, 1st August 2016

Sydney never loses its shine as a travel destination, writes accessible travel writer and Paralympian Marayke Jonkers. 

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‘Seeing’ things differently

Monday, 1st August 2016

In the late 18th Century Englishman James Holman was regarded as a war hero for his role with the British Royal Navy. During one voyage though he contracted a mysterious illness and went completely blind.

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An Oasis for all

Monday, 1st August 2016

Inspired by Aggie – a special young woman who was born with a genetic condition that leaves her fully dependent on others for all her needs – Aggie’s Oasis is the ultimate in accessible accommodation.

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Escape with YMCA

Monday, 1st August 2016

Do you picture yourself on a road trip exploring forests and wineries, having fishing lessons or relaxing on a beach? Would you love to get up close with dolphins? Are you a daredevil keen to take on the theme park rides?

 

Wheels to go

Monday, 1st August 2016

The development and advancement of wheelchair access vehicles has given people with disability a new freedom to travel for both business and leisure.

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Purely accessible

Monday, 1st August 2016

If you’ve ever dreamt of crossing the ditch for a holiday then the new website by Oyster Accessible Travel New Zealand is worth checking out.

 

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In conversation: with Martin Wren, CEO of Nova

Monday, 1st August 2016

In conversation: Martin Wren CEO, Nova Employment Services

 

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Getting your CMS sorted

Monday, 1st August 2016

In the world of NDIS, there is hardly a bigger buzzword than CMS – Client Management Systems. For those organisations that have not used a CMS before, the new system interfaces with almost every aspect of your organisation from client data, programmes, staffing, rostering, mobility, governance and finance. 

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Work Ready

Monday, 1st August 2016

Confused by changes and terminology in the disability employment sector? We asked Olivia Sorre, manager of MJP Employment Services, to set the record straight.

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Second Chance

Monday, 1st August 2016

A stable, secure and loving home is vital for children to grow and develop to their best potential. Sadly, this isn’t the reality for many young people and can be particularly challenging for a child living with disability. 

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Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Monday, 1st August 2016

Every day, we are seeing new communications technologies enabling people living with disability to participate more fully in social and economic life.

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Silver Linings

Monday, 1st August 2016

Silver Memories is a nostalgia radio station designed especially for people with dementia. The station’s founder, Gary Thorpe, spoke to Link music writer Anthea Skinner about their unique program.

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Spider sense

Monday, 1st August 2016

Many people fear them but spiders are doing their bit to help sufferers of irritable bowel syndrome.

 

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Last drinks

Monday, 1st August 2016

South Australian Dignity for Disability MLC Kelly Vincent says education is needed to prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). 

 

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Books & Publications

Monday, 1st August 2016

Listening, Learning, Caring & Counselling

 With Enough Love