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From the Editor

Tuesday, 5th April 2016

The Link team was keen to start 2016 with a bang and we think you’ll agree that our striking cover, featuring singer and actress Ali Stroker, certainly makes an impact.  Shot in America in response to a controversial photo shoot by Kardashian sister Kylie Jenner, Ali’s images prove that disability can be sexy, confronting and edgy.

Link Loves

Tuesday, 5th April 2016

Rethinking Autism from ‘I can’t’ to ‘I can’, the 'I CAN Network’ is Australia's first social enterprise founded by people on the Autism spectrum.  The organisation mentor young people with Autism and educate businesses and organisations about the condition.

Contributions

Tuesday, 5th April 2016

I've made a cosy home, here, in the outer darkness,
far from the horror of humanity.

Thorp takes on bullies

News

Tuesday, 5th April 2016

Thorpe takes on bullies. New patron for Autism SA. Cancer screening vital for people with disability. Include disability in My School website. Better beach facilities. Bad medicine. Hit the beach. Confidence survey reveals surprising result. International award for NRS.

Blue Badge Insurance Australia

Products & Services

Tuesday, 5th April 2016

Blue Badge Insurance, 1800RESPECT Toolkit, The IT Department, ADIS Automatic Doors and Madel Night Lights.

Horse Play

Tuesday, 5th April 2016

When strapper Stevie Payne appeared on our TV screens last November, Australia fell in love with his cheeky grin and dry wit.

Ali Stroker

Ali Stroker: A Different Perspective

Tuesday, 5th April 2016

Actor and singer Ali Stroker believes disability and sexuality is a conversation we need to have.

No Changes to NDIS, but Flexibility Required

Tuesday, 5th April 2016

With recent media reports suggesting the NDIS is facing funding cuts and structural changes, Link asked the Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter MP, to set the record straight.

Soothing Sounds

Tuesday, 5th April 2016

Listening to classical musical may reduce stress levels in children with severe Autism, according to a study conducted at Curtin University.

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Touched By An Angel

Tuesday, 5th April 2016

Adelaide mum Jean had a feeling that something was different about her three-year-old son, Cillian.

Staying Strong

Tuesday, 5th April 2016

Mother of three, Sarah Gee, knows first-hand the emotional roller coaster ride of learning your child has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Adults No Longer Overlooked

Tuesday, 5th April 2016

Until recently, only 1% of all Autism-related research worldwide has focused on post-school outcomes, and research into adults living with the condition has been scant.

Celebrating Difference

Tuesday, 5th April 2016

A new first-of-its-kind Autism expo is set to hit Melbourne on April 30.

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Living With Autism

Tuesday, 5th April 2016

According to Autism Spectrum Australia, around 130,000 Australian adults have Autism, and diagnosis rates are on the rise. Link invited equestrian athlete, writer and public speaker Danyele Therese Foster, who is on the spectrum, to share her experiences as an adult with Autism.

For The Record

Tuesday, 5th April 2016

When it comes to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), misinformation is rife. Link asked Associate Professor Julie Green, Executive Director of raisingchildren.net.au, to set the record straight.

vision clinic for autism

New Vision Clinic An Aussie First

Tuesday, 5th April 2016

An optometry service designed specifically for children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has opened at Flinders University in South Australia.

Smart drive user

Access All Areas

Tuesday, 5th April 2016

When you’re in the market for a mobility device it’s vital to find equipment that matches your needs.  Wheelchair user Malcolm Turnbull, of Sydney, tells us why the SmartDrive Power Assist, available from Permobil, is the device for him.

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Big Business

Tuesday, 5th April 2016

The roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme will drive significant growth in the mobility equipment sector, according to an IbisWorld report released in October last year.

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The Right Wheels

Tuesday, 5th April 2016

Powered mobility has revolutionised the life experiences of many people with physical disability, enabling independence and social interaction, and improving psychological wellbeing.

Protecting Your Asset

Tuesday, 5th April 2016

As mobility scooters increase in popularity and become more widely used, unfortunately so has the number of reported thefts.

staying safe

Staying Safe

Tuesday, 5th April 2016

Mobility scooters and wheelchairs are a safe and easy way to get around for people who have difficulty walking, and many users cherish the freedom and independence they afford.  However, accidents can happen.

The right decision

Decisions Decisions

Tuesday, 5th April 2016

Choosing the right mobility equipment for your needs is a big deal. Research, expert opinion and shopping around are all important. Our checklist will point you in the right direction.

The IT Department

70% Not Ready For NDIS

Tuesday, 5th April 2016

A staggering 70% of Disability Service Providers (DSPs) are currently underprepared for the transition to the NDIS, according to The IT Department – a professional ICT Services company that specialises in providing independent NDIS readiness and Client Management Software (CMS) Consulting Services.

Kate Thiele

In Conversation: Kate Thiele, CEO Guide Dogs SA/NT

Tuesday, 5th April 2016

I was incredibly honoured and humbled to be named Telstra’s South Australian Business Woman of the Year and to win the ‘For Purpose and Social Enterprise’ category nationally. It was an exciting experience to be part of the awards process and meet so many talented women doing extraordinary things with extraordinary commitment and passion. I was honoured to win the award, not for myself, but it can now enable me to shine a light on the disability sector.

Dieting Dilemas

Dieting Dilemmas

Tuesday, 5th April 2016

Dieting is a hard slog for most of us, let alone when you’ve been prescribed psychiatric drugs, writes Isabella Fels.

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Re-imagining Today’s Technologies

Tuesday, 5th April 2016

Telstra Foundation, together with the Department of Family and Community Services, is supporting the Cerebral Palsy Alliance to deliver Remarkable – Australia’s first disability focussed accelerator program.

an oasis for all

An Oasis For All

Tuesday, 5th April 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.

wheelchair caver

Going Down

Tuesday, 5th April 2016

Travel writer Marayke Jonkers travels deep underground to explore an ancient cave that’s fit for a king.

gig buddies

Life's Better With a Buddy

Tuesday, 5th April 2016

There’s nothing quite like going to a live concert - the noise, the lights, the crowd, hanging out with your mates. But for people with learning disabilities accessing these events can be difficult, and that’s where Gig Buddies comes in. Link music writer Anthea Skinner finds out more.

Kelly Vincent

Travel For All

Tuesday, 5th April 2016

South Australia Dignity for Disability MLC Kelly Vincent says having more accessible venues and facilities throughout Australia will provide a boost for our tourism industry.

Lending A Hand

Lending A Hand

Tuesday, 5th April 2016

Patients who have lost hand function due to injuries or nerve-related conditions, such as stroke and muscular dystrophy, may benefit from a lightweight rehabilitation device developed at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Also, the University of Sydney’s Sax Institute’s 45 and Up Study has found sleeping more than nine hours a night and sitting too much during the day could be a hazardous combination, particularly when added to a lack of exercise.

Blue Bottle Mystery

Books & Publications

Tuesday, 5th April 2016

Blue Bottle Mystery The Graphic Novel: An Asperger Adventure.

The Boy Who Fell to Earth.

Parenting a Child on the Spectrum.

Harnessing Hope