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From the Editor

Wednesday, 1st June 2016

With her raven locks and gorgeous smile there’s little wonder that our cover girl, Brisbane model Madeline Stuart, is taking the fashion world by storm. Over the past year she’s graced catwalks in New York and Russia, and became the first model with Down syndrome to land a cosmetic contract. Though there’s still a long way to go until we see models of all abilities on a regular basis, it’s good to see that some fashion and beauty brands are willing to give models with disability a go. As Madeline says “everyone is a consumer and everyone is equal”, so it makes good business sense.

Link Loves - Good Business Sense

Link Loves

Wednesday, 1st June 2016

Australian businesses are being encouraged to make inclusion of people with disability a priority through a new video released by the Australian Network on Disability (AND).

 

Contributions

Wednesday, 1st June 2016

My name is Christy, and I have Multiple Sclerosis. I was diagnosed when I was 30 so I have already had 20 years practice at this. My disability is minor compared to so many others - it is major because it belongs to me. Many people live with a disability, including the ones that are not visible. One I have discovered, is the person who seems to fit in the ‘normal’ space, until they open their mouth.

Guy Pearce

In The News

Wednesday, 1st June 2016

Anxiety Attack

Disability Disaster

Jobs Boom for Western Sydney

Improving Your Bottom Line

Estate Planning Crucial for Parents and Carers

Disability and Spirtuality

Australian First for Melbourne Dental Hospital

Two Precise thick-N Instant bottles with pump

Products & Services

Wednesday, 1st June 2016

Thick in a Flash

Take a Seat

Speak Easy 

One-Stop-Shop

Catherine Brooks

People

Wednesday, 1st June 2016

Having MS gives workplace relations lawyer Catherine Brooks a unique perspective, writes Carole Lander. Catherine Brooks learned the importance of supporting people living with disability when she was 17 years old. While studying law at university she became the primary carer for her mother who was diagnosed with a neurological condition. 

 

Loving the limelight

Wednesday, 1st June 2016

From New York to Russia, Madeline Stuart’s star is on the rise. Since walking the runway at New York Fashion Week for American label FTL Moda in September last year, the raven-haired beauty from Brisbane has been in hot demand. 

Sonia with her son Darcy

Issues

Wednesday, 1st June 2016

A new week-long intensive tailored therapy service for children with disabilities from rural and regional New South Wales is producing positive results.

Simon Darcy on wheelchair going into van

Driving toward success

Wednesday, 1st June 2016

Being able to drive is recognised as a great way of boosting your independence, but new research suggests it can also improve your life in other ways.

van with large boot opening for ramp/wheelchair

Getting you moving

Wednesday, 1st June 2016

No matter what type of wheelchair access vehicle car conversion you need, Freedom Motors Australia and its sister company Freedom Access Vehicles can find the right solution.

Lachlan in front of his car with P plate on

Love my car

Wednesday, 1st June 2016

Getting your driver’s license is a big achievement for any teenager but even more so when you have a disability.  Eighteen-year-old Lachlan Foote, from the ACT, recently passed his driving test and is now enjoying the freedom of having his own wheels.

Will the NDIS pay for my car conversion and/or equipment?

Wednesday, 1st June 2016

According to the National Disability Insurance Agency, it depends on your individual circumstances. 

young man using hands controls on his car

Mastering the road

Wednesday, 1st June 2016

For Adelaide driving instructor Mark Fraser helping people to return to driving after experiencing a major trauma is “amazing”.

 

Extreme car conversion

Extreme conversions

Wednesday, 1st June 2016

Think car modifications and images of family-friendly station wagons and SUVs come to mind. However Bill Georgas and his team, from Problem Management Engineering (PME), wants us to think again.

Fast driver Ralph Gilbert

Fast track

Wednesday, 1st June 2016

Driving is a passion, not just a necessity, for Ralph Gilbert of Adelaide. The motoring enthusiast, who uses a wheelchair, loves nothing more than racing his Datsun 1600 at Mallala Raceway six to eight times a year at special club days and practice sessions.   

 

Foreign import safety concerns

Wednesday, 1st June 2016

The majority of imported wheelchair access vehicles do not comply with the Australian Standards, according to industry expert Jeff Watters from Autoability.

Total Ability Van

Training vehicle an aussie first

Wednesday, 1st June 2016

Driving instructors and occupational therapists throughout Australia now have access to a specially designed VW Transporter with the latest driving controls from Fadiel Italiana.

Don’t fall short with insurance

Wednesday, 1st June 2016

With the cost of many car conversions exceeding the value of the car itself, owners of converted vehicles risk being underinsured unless they source the correct policy.

Group of people

Sector-based education the key to meeting NDIS jobs boom

Wednesday, 1st June 2016

Providing high-quality sector-based vocational education is the key to meeting the anticipated jobs explosion in disability services as a result of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), according to Minda chief executive officer, Cathy Miller.

Your right to study

Friday, 27th May 2016

So you want to study a course regarding disability at university? Here’s a selection
of undergraduate courses available around the country 

 

Hit the books

Wednesday, 1st June 2016

So you want to study a course regarding disability at university? Here’s a selection of undergraduate courses available around the country.

 

Tone deaf

Wednesday, 1st June 2016

A primary school student with cerebral palsy discovers that a school camp is the “best week of his life”, writes Peter Cookson.

Abled Education

Free course focuses on intellectual disability

Wednesday, 1st June 2016

The University of Queensland has developed a series on free online courses to improve healthcare for people with intellectual disability.  

Dominic holding the camera

Scholarship success

Wednesday, 1st June 2016

Dominic Freestone’s dream of a career in graphic design is now a step closer thanks to a $5000 scholarship from ParaQuad NSW.  

Shahni Moore

Passing with flying colours

Wednesday, 1st June 2016

South Australian mother-of-one Shahni Moore didn’t have the confidence to work after acquiring a brain injury at the age of 15.

Jessica Bennet

Research aims to improve lives

Wednesday, 1st June 2016

For Flinders University honours student Jessica Butler, acquiring a disability was a catalyst for further study and research.

Tracy Clarke

Self-esteem vital for kids with disability

Wednesday, 1st June 2016

Building your child’s self-esteem is the key to surviving the schoolyard, advises writer and mum of two, Tracey Clarke.

 

Professor Sylvia Rodger

Supporting kids with autism

Wednesday, 1st June 2016

With rates of autism diagnosis rising in the past ten years, educators are more likely than ever to have a student on the autism spectrum in their classroom.  However, with a much higher rate of exclusion, the social and academic needs of these students are often not understood or supported.

 

Frank Quinlan

Industry

Friday, 27th May 2016

In conversation: Frank Quinlan, CEO Mental Health Australia

Is your ICT thriving in the new NDIS climate?

Travel martin heng at the Taj Mahal, India

Travel

Wednesday, 1st June 2016

Don’t let disability get in the way of your travel dreams, writes intrepid traveller and Lonely Planet accessible travel manager Martin Heng.

I AM HUMAN ILSE

Music

Friday, 27th May 2016

Belgian-born singer-songwriter Ilse Gevaert has defied the “superficial” standards of the music industry to build a successful career while remaining true to herself. The US-based artist, who was born with only one arm, spoke to Anthea Skinner about the release of her first album, I am Human.

In My World Books

Books

Wednesday, 1st June 2016

Melbourne writer Carole Lander’s new children’s book, In My World, aims to ensure that children with disabilities are represented in fiction.

Opinion

Friday, 27th May 2016

South Australian Dignity for Disability MLC Kelly Vincent says everyone should be able to enjoy a night out at the movies.

Flower Power

Breakthroughs

Wednesday, 1st June 2016

An international research team has demonstrated that a new plant-derived drug can block the progression of multiple sclerosis (MS) and an international study into the treatment of Crohn’s disease is currently underway.