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Letters

Letters

Tuesday, 1st December 2009

Nell Brown, NSW - Maree Salzano Chairperson, Family Advocacy - Bernadette Moloney Vanessa Browne - Mrs Ronnie Woods Joslin, SA
Priority housing  Dont know, dont care

Priority housing Dont know, dont care

Tuesday, 1st December 2009

e regret to inform you that your application for priority housing has been declined... begins the letter from Housing NSW and I see red. The ball of useless fury that is always the domain of a mother who has a child with disabilities inflates suddenly, and my breakfast is ruined.
NO GOVT funded therapy for Jack & Ben

NO GOVT funded therapy for Jack & Ben

Tuesday, 1st December 2009

Jack and Ben are very determined and have a great capacity and desire to learn - with appropriate therapeutic interventions and a decent education, that is. Unfortunately we live in NSW, so they get neither.
Sparks of imagination

Sparks of imagination

Tuesday, 1st December 2009

Tutti Kids does more than provide drama, singing and art workshops for children with disabilities and without. It encourages them to be heard, to develop confidence and explore their imagination.
Losing Possum Magic

Losing Possum Magic

Tuesday, 1st December 2009

Catherine Murray, diminutive, slight and softly spoken, doesnt look the kind of woman who would take on Kevin Rudd. But last year she confronted the Prime Minister at a Community Cabinet Meeting in Penrith NSW:
Diabetes

Diabetes

Tuesday, 1st December 2009

grave risks for people with disabilities
Information accessible to everyone

Information accessible to everyone

Tuesday, 1st December 2009

The secret of success, said Albert Einstein, is to know where to find information and how to use it.
Pressure and Hope

Pressure and Hope

Tuesday, 1st December 2009

Everyone agrees that Australias disability support system is in crisis and on the brink of collapse. But while the vast majority of people with disabilities, carers and service providers support the introduction of a National Disability Insurance Scheme as the best possible solution.
ndis a great solution to current shambolic disability services

ndis a great solution to current shambolic disability services

Tuesday, 1st December 2009

A proposal for a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is on the table. But is it worth having in thisform?
No insurance against disabling attitudes

No insurance against disabling attitudes

Tuesday, 1st December 2009

A proposal for a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is on the table. But is it worth having in thisform?
Michael J. Fox  & the gift of Parkinsons Disease

Michael J. Fox & the gift of Parkinsons Disease

Tuesday, 1st December 2009

Three years ago at the age of 65, I was diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease, the shaking palsy, more familiarly known as Parkys. I have just read Michael J. Foxs 2002 autobiography, Lucky Man. For those who havent read the book, it revolves around the authors experience of Parkinson
Where is our outrage?

Where is our outrage?

Tuesday, 1st December 2009

Australia is one of the wealthiest and most resourceful countries in the world, yet in the 21st century we are still establishing charities to provide the most basic rights to people with disabilities essential therapy and equipment.
Stroke patients  Are ignoring symptoms and delaying treatment

Stroke patients Are ignoring symptoms and delaying treatment

Tuesday, 1st December 2009

Research has found that 70 per cent of stroke patients and 46 per cent of bystanders did not recognise the onset of the symptoms of a stroke, and 85 per cent did not call an ambulance immediately, thereby risking death or severe disability from stroke.
Disability arts soaring

Disability arts soaring

Tuesday, 1st December 2009

Not that long ago critics regarded disability arts as useful tools for respite and rehabilitation, but devoid of any intrinsic artistic merit. That evaluation has been challenged in recent years with artists with disability producing cutting-edge work across all art forms.
Making a real difference

Making a real difference

Tuesday, 1st December 2009

We all want to make our lives count for something, to be remembered for our contribution to the world. Some of us have more obstacles to overcome than others but refuse to settle for mediocrity
Disability in the workplace

Disability in the workplace

Tuesday, 1st December 2009

Disability is part of everyday life and work for many people. Ask banking high-flyer Bill Moss who has lived with muscular dystrophy for over 20 years.
Is your vision affecting your work? Mandys Story

Is your vision affecting your work? Mandys Story

Tuesday, 1st December 2009

Mandy is legally blind and has lived with congenital nystagmus (abnormal eye movement) all her life. For the last eight years, Mandy has been employed at Inprint Design as a part-time receptionist and administrator.
A Response to the Shut Out Report

A Response to the Shut Out Report

Tuesday, 1st December 2009

The recently released report Shut Out: The Experience of People with Disabilities and their Families in Australia, while presenting a picture of a broken disability service system, fails to promote the essential actions necessary to fix it.
Accessible taxis a tight fit for pwd

Accessible taxis a tight fit for pwd

Tuesday, 1st December 2009

Wheelchair users in NSW wanting to get from A to B in a taxi are currently confronted with a strange irony: many of the taxis modified to accommodate them are not only uncomfortable but unsafe!
Bright outlook for Mamy after long search for employment

Bright outlook for Mamy after long search for employment

Tuesday, 1st December 2009

It's hard to believe that just three months ago Mamy Kabongo had spent almost five years without a job.
Breakthroughs

Breakthroughs

Tuesday, 1st December 2009

Australian scientists have found a "direct link" between what we eat and how well our immune system operates. A breakthrough that could explain rising rates of autoimmune disease across the western world.