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From the editor

Monday, 28th September 2015

There’s nothing like travel for rest, relaxation and broadening the horizons and this edition of Link gives you plenty of inspiration for your next holiday.

Stars of the film "Smiling Champion"

Lights, camera, action

Monday, 28th September 2015

A funny take on living with autism, cerebral palsy and epilepsy called ‘Bumblebees’ has won the 2015 Nova Focus on Ability (FOA) Film Awards, presented in Sydney on September 9 before an 800-strong audience.

photo of Marayke coming out of the sea on a chair lift Credit: Marion Jonkers Photography

Dive into life

Monday, 28th September 2015

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven wonders of the natural world, but is it accessible for wheelchair users? Travel writer Marayke Jonkers discovers that North Queensland is not only beautiful, but unexpectedly accessible.

Credit: Mas Pelegri

Spain tops accessible travel list

Monday, 28th September 2015

A mountain biking holiday in Spain, a wheelchair-friendly adventure in Egypt and safari in Tanzania are three of the world’s top accessible holidays, according to UK disability travel specialists Responsible Travel.

Roberts at the gate of a Zulu village

The great explorer

Monday, 28th September 2015

Adelaide man Robert Arthur Sowerbutts has travelled more in the past ten years than many people do in a lifetime.

Verena and Tobi at Angkor Wat

The road less travelled

Monday, 28th September 2015

Intrepid travellers Verena and Tobias say developing countries are worth the effort for people with disability, writes Judith Friedlander.

image of cakes and tea bromeliad tea

A cuppa with Carol

Monday, 28th September 2015

example with kids playing in landscape Architecture SA Awards WAX Studios play ground

Play time

Monday, 28th September 2015

Outdoor activity rooms that encourage adventure, learning and discovery are a feature of Suneden Special School’s new award-winning playground.

image of horses on a bush trail with The McIntyre Centre Riding for Disabled

A leg's up for horse riding program

Monday, 28th September 2015

The McIntyre Centre Riding for Disabled in Queensland is gearing up to teach more children with disabilities to ride horses, thanks to funding from the SUEZ Community Grants program.

Examples of works from the 'Imagine Me' project.

Photo workshop reimagines disability

Monday, 28th September 2015

People with spinal cord injury are being invited to explore their creativity in free digital photography workshops around rural NSW.

Portrate sitting photo of Michelle

Building better lives for young people in nursing homes

Monday, 28th September 2015

Connection is a fundamental human need; it brings us together and underpins communities. Connection can also be a real game-changer for people living with a disability – smart technology can turn people’s lives around by increasing their independence, opening up social channels and giving them more control of their own health outcomes.

Photo of Sue Raines

Caring for the carer

Monday, 28th September 2015

Caring for a family member or friend with disability, or someone who is chronically ill, can be an extremely rewarding experience. However, it can also be difficult, exhausting and mentally draining. With this in mind, Sue Raines offers sound advice on how carers can look after themselves.

photo of a note book with ppens around it

Writing with impact

Monday, 28th September 2015

Whether you’re writing emails to colleagues, letters to your donors or programs for your clients, you want to make an impact. Professional copywriter Frank Chamberlin shares his tips on how to improve the impact of your writing.

The Sydney Philharmonia Choir

Music for the eyes

Monday, 28th September 2015

Attending a performance of Handel’s Messiah is a traditional way for many people to start their Christmas celebrations. This year that experience will be accessible to Australia’s deaf community for the first time, thanks to a co-production between the Sydney Philharmonia and Accessible Arts

Cora Barclay Centre CEO Michael Forwood with Victoria, 3.

In Conversation: Michael Forwood, Cora Barclay Centre

Monday, 28th September 2015

In Conversation: Michael Forwood, Cora Barclay Centre Tell us about the Cora Barclay Centre. The Cora Barclay Centre helps children who are deaf or hard of hearing to learn to listen and speak, so that they can attend mainstream schools and go on to further education, apprenticeships and lead a life of social and economic independence.

book cover od understanding Autism

Books and publications

Monday, 28th September 2015

Understanding Autism  -  Starcrossed  -  I will not kill myself, Olivia  -  The Mindful Home

doctor examining a persons skin with a lit magnifing glass


Monday, 28th September 2015

New relief for skin condition  -  Brain ‘on-off’ switch discovered in mice  -  New nebuliser could revolutionise drug treatment

Monique Sime standing with a rack of clothes

Link loves... Opportunity knocks

Monday, 28th September 2015

Everyone loves an op shop bargain - particularly if it’s from one of Villa Maria’s op shops in Victoria.

Photo of Rosie and her artwork

Letters to Link

Monday, 28th September 2015

For art’s sake

We’ve given our Letters page an artistic feel this edition with photos of two fabulous artworks submitted by readers.

Link News

Monday, 28th September 2015

Teaching the teachers  -  Disability advocates call for end to violence  -  Video competition celebrates success  -  Improved accessibility for Daisy app 2.0

Holiday fun with Leisure Options

Products & Services

Monday, 28th September 2015

Holiday fun  -  Just say it  -  Driving success  -  Sleep easy

Photo of Kelly

Apply within, but not without us

Monday, 28th September 2015

Dignity for Disability MLC Kelly Vincent argues that people with disability and their carers must have a presence on the NDIA Board.
Nothing about us, without us. Reasonable and necessary.

Ellie holding he gold medal with the pool and scoreboard in the back ground

Back on the starting block

Monday, 28th September 2015

After winning four gold medals and two bronze at the 2012 London Paralympics, swimmer Ellie Cole was elated, but exhausted.

photo of Isabella

Home at last

Monday, 28th September 2015

A supported accommodation development in inner-city Melbourne has transformed the lives of a group of people with mental illness, writes Isabella Fels.

Honey at her desk with laptop

Page turner

Monday, 28th September 2015

Well-known for her award-winning psychological thrillers, Australian author Honey Brown has ventured into the world of rural romance for her sixth book, Six Degrees.

Paralympian Kurt Fearnley wants more kids with disability to play sport.

Wheels to go

Monday, 28th September 2015

Both professional and aspiring wheelchair athletes can now try before they buy thanks to the launch of

close up of Ausi Jummper with medal held in front

Countdown to Rio

Monday, 28th September 2015

With less than one year until the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, athletes across the country are busy sweating it out as they train for the ultimate prize.

Clare on the Court in Australian uniform with the ball

Rio Ones to Watch

Monday, 28th September 2015

A few of the Australian Paralympic team Heading to Rio to keep an eye out for.