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From the editor

Thursday, 30th July 2015

From critically acclaimed photographer Andrew Follows, who has a vision impairment, to extreme wheelchair athlete Aaron Fotheringham, who wows crowds with his terrifying stunts, the August edition of Link is packed with fascinating stories.

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Thursday, 30th July 2015

If your wardrobe needs a makeover look no further than these funky T-shirt designs from YoorallaTEE

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Letters to Link

Thursday, 30th July 2015

Having her say by Jacy Arthur   -  Not fair  By Philip Chalker

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Link News

Thursday, 30th July 2015

Gold for Aussie athlete  -  Transforming futures at Autism conference  -  New website has focus on learning  -  Conference to focus on technology  -  Cash boost for Villa Maria

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Products and Services

Thursday, 30th July 2015

Better care  -  Information when you need it  -  Support for stroke  -  Depend® Underwear – Unisex

Future looks bright

Thursday, 30th July 2015

Newly elected Queensland Member for Cairns Rob Pyne, who has quadriplegia, reflects on the gains made in the disability sector over the past 20 years and why there’s still much work to be done.

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Making the justice system accessible for all

Thursday, 30th July 2015

This month Dignity for Disability MLC Kelly Vincent reports on the passage of an historic Bill through the South Australian Parliament.

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Extreme machine

Thursday, 30th July 2015

Aaron ‘Wheelz’ Fotheringham wants to change the way you think about wheelchairs. The 22-year-old wheelchair moto-cross athlete from Las Vegas, USA, says he wants people who use chairs to see them as fun, rather than confining.

Penelope Sawyer

What to do if your child has ASD

Thursday, 30th July 2015

Don’t panic and be prepared for a steep learning curve. That’s the advice from teacher and autism advocate Penny Sawyer, who says grief, anger, self-blame and denial are some of the common emotions experienced by parents of children who are diagnosed with ASD

Through the lens

Thursday, 30th July 2015

Melbourne-based Andrew Follows and his guide dog, Eamon, love nothing more than exploring the city looking for interesting objects to photograph.

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Meet the troops

Thursday, 30th July 2015

Joanna Agius Deaf Arts Officer, Accessible Arts, 18 months

The fight for our rights

Thursday, 30th July 2015

An online exhibition that traces the evolution of the disability rights movement in Australia has been unveiled on www.made.org - the website of the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka.

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Where to go?

Thursday, 30th July 2015

A national campaign to build more toilets adequately equipped for changing adults with severe disabilities will help address some of the inequalities they face daily, writes Maria Whitmore from the Continence Foundation of Australia.

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Looking good

Thursday, 30th July 2015

Three short films on dignity and personal care have been released by the UK’s Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).

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Help is at hand

Thursday, 30th July 2015

Caring for someone with incontinence isn’t easy. Link asked the experts at The Continence Foundation of Australia to offer their advice.

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Flushed away

Thursday, 30th July 2015

A survey conducted in 2010* found that a staggering 77% of Australians said they would do anything to avoid contact with the toilet seat of a public loo.

Don’t let continence rule your life

Thursday, 30th July 2015

Urinary and faecal incontinence is a fact of life for many of the four million-plus Australians who live with disability.

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Caring for kids

Thursday, 30th July 2015

The most recent Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) census reported that one in 11 children aged between five and 14 had some form of disability, with 63% listed as mental or behavioural.

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Stoma education for schools

Monday, 3rd August 2015

An education pack for Australian schools designed to demystify the use of Mitrofanoff stomas in children is currently being developed thanks to health care product manaufacturer Hollister.

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Sleep well

Monday, 3rd August 2015

A good quality mattress protector is a must-have for anyone with incontinence issues.

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On the map

Monday, 3rd August 2015

Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (SCIA) is leading the charge to improve access to public toilets for people with disability by updating the National Public Toilet Map (NPTM) with accessible toilets across NSW.

Margaret Bowen

In Conversation

Monday, 3rd August 2015

Margaret Bowen, CEO, The Disability Trust

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What lies Beneath

Monday, 3rd August 2015

Link travel writer Marayke Jonkers heads underground for an experience like no other.

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Roll up, roll up

Monday, 3rd August 2015


The Fair Ground Project is redefining circus to include people with disability, writes founding member Kim Kaos.

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Social innovation partnership with a difference

Monday, 3rd August 2015

In 2013, Link Magazine featured an update about the three year social innovation partnership between the MJD Foundation and the Telstra Foundation. The two foundations are working together to optimise how technology can drive better outcomes for people living with Machado Joseph Disease (MJD)

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Bridging the skills gap

Monday, 3rd August 2015

The disability sector continues to see wide-ranging employment options on offer - but what type of characteristics make for the best candidate, and what job opportunities are out there? Minda CEO Cathy Miller tells Link how South Australia’s largest non-government disability support organisation is strengthening the sector

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Disability unleashed

Monday, 3rd August 2015

Link’s music writer Anthea Skinner tells us about her adventures with Quippings - Australia’s leading all-disabled cabaret troupe.

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Riding for a cause

Monday, 3rd August 2015

Fergus Nelson discovers that there’s nothing like a challenge to bring people together.

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Books & publications

Monday, 3rd August 2015

My friend is deaf   -  I am an Aspie Girl  -  Six Degrees  -  Achieving Successful Transitions for Young People with Disabilities: A Practical Guide

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Lady luck

Monday, 3rd August 2015

Link’s resident columnist Peter Coulter ponders the cruelness of fate and why life’s a gamble.

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Breakthroughs

Monday, 3rd August 2015

Learning and mood disorders may benefit from stem cell research  -  Smoking linked to mental illness

Melanie Lewis from State Trustees and Caroline Mulcahy from Carers Vic.

Social Scene

Monday, 3rd August 2015

CBS Sausage sizzle  -  Panel steers industry reform