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From the Editor

Monday, 23rd September 2013

I became a mum for the first time in July and it’s given me a new appreciation of a few things.

Grumpy Cat

Link Loves

Monday, 23rd September 2013

 A scowl that could stop traffic  -  Fairy-tales come to life  -  Gotta love ‘em

 

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Letters to the editor

Monday, 23rd September 2013

Love to travel, Vicki Sobczak  -   Specialised movie days in Queensland, Jacinta Huch  -  Seeing the world differently, Sue Lane

Scope get outside and grow

Monday, 23rd September 2013

This year, Scope, a Victorian disability service provider, supported people with a disability to participate in National Tree Day.

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Accessibility Driving Innovation

Monday, 23rd September 2013

Karen Peltz Strauss, the deputy bureau chief of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission in the US, was an international speaker at ACCAN and Telstra’s M-Enabling Australasia 2013 conference in August.

Amanda and Robert cutting the ribbon

60 new jobs in e-cycling

Tuesday, 1st October 2013

Not-for-profit organisation SA Group Enterprises proudly announced the expansion of its electronics recycling (e-cycling) business, Aspitech, in Underdale, SA, in August. Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers Amanda Rishworth officially opened the new facility.

Seeing is Believing

Monday, 23rd September 2013

An inherited, degenerative eye disease hasn’t stopped Andrew Follows from having the perfect eye for a great shot. He held a photo exhibition, Density, at Melbourne’s Anita Traverso Gallery in September.

Photos: Mark Horsburgh, Edge Photographics.

Life in the Fast Lane

Tuesday, 1st October 2013

Gold Coast adrenaline junkie Matt Speakman is the world’s first driver with paraplegia to race in a major motorsport series. The 46-year-old has been competing in the Porsche GT3 Cup with McElrea Racing, is aligned with Spinal Cure Australia in raising awareness, and recently signed with leading automotive marketing specialists DBC2.

Lamb cassertole

Recipe

Wednesday, 25th September 2013

Lamb (or kangaroo) casserole with white pumpkin and chickpeas

Staff earn real dough at Café 64

Tuesday, 1st October 2013

A long way from the trendy inner-city streets lies a town of 2000 people with the best coffee for 100 miles.

Freddie Brincat

10 Questions with the Chief

Tuesday, 1st October 2013

Freddie Brincat is the executive director of SA not-for-profit organisation Community Bridging Services (CBS) Inc, which assists people with a disability, disadvantage or injury. We put him in the hot-seat for our new article series.

2013 National Disability Awards Finalists

Wednesday, 25th September 2013

The Awards aim to honour and recognise the outstanding achievements of individuals, teams and organisations that have improved the lives of people with disability and thereby contributing to increased recognition of equality and human rights for all Australians.

MLC Kelly Vincent

Land of the Free

Wednesday, 25th September 2013

A recent trip to the US has had Dignity for Disability MLC Kelly Vincent thinking about ways our cities could be more accessible.

From Story one - Craig Sparre with South Australian State Liberal Leader, Steven Marshall

Sport

Wednesday, 25th September 2013

BRING ON BOCCIA IN RIO - Ex-Paralympian takes on BALINESE waters - Australian visit for unique tall ship

Scott Hutton

A day in the life of Scott Hutton

Wednesday, 25th September 2013

The biggest daily challenge for NOVA Employment client Scott Hutton, who has a spinal cord injury, is transport. He gets up early to catch the bus to his three-days-per-week job in administration at an accounting firm in Sydney’s outer west. Soon he’ll start a traineeship in accounting as he’s always been good at numbers.

Aussie journo Marlena Katene hangs out with US rapper Snoop Lion.

Fame Game

Wednesday, 25th September 2013

Budding music journalist Marlena Katene, who has athetosis cerebral palsy, has interviewed tonnes of celebs, from Russell Brand to Arnold Schwarzenegger and Salt-N-Pepa, on her YouTube site, youtube.com/user/theaacjournalist. We chatted to the 22-year-old Queenslander about her goal to be “the non-verbal version of Molly Meldrum”.

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Happy Valentine

Wednesday, 25th September 2013

NSW’s Violet Valentine has published a how-to guide for ‘other chicks in chairs’, dubbed Sitting Pretty, covering everything from making the bed to making love!

Kelley Storum with her friend, Warwick – her inspiration behind the new site.

Let's talk about sex

Wednesday, 25th September 2013

Kelley Storum has created an online outlet where people with disability can talk openly about sex, love and intimacy.

Going too far can sometimes lead to a lonely place Bruce Mumford finds.

Another Cautionary Tale

Wednesday, 25th September 2013

There’s a difference between boldness and stupidity, Bruce Mumford writes.

Music & culture

Wednesday, 25th September 2013

Anthea Skinner recently spoke at an international conference in China on disability music culture, which raised some questions of her own.

Band members Tim Hackett, left, Anthea Skinner and Jess Kapuscinski-Evans. Photo: Miroslav Kapuscinski.

Local band wins disability film competition

Wednesday, 25th September 2013

A music video clip by Melbourne band Bearbrass Asylum Orchestra – including LINK columnist Anthea Skinner – has taken out the Judges’ Choice Award for Best Documentary at NOVA Employment’s Focus on Ability short film competition

Image from Book 1 - You can Know Us

Books

Wednesday, 25th September 2013

You Can Know Usby Asha Tulloch-Hoskins (Our Lady of La Vang) - Can I Tell You About OCD? by Amita Jassi (Footprint Books) - SpinalMap by Rob Hope - The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey (Orbit)

Lolly Jar Circus Logo

The circus is coming to Adelaide!

Wednesday, 25th September 2013

Are you aged between two and 26, looking for a new challenge, in search of a welcoming community, a clown at heart, and wanting to learn some cool tricks? Then the Lolly Jar Circus is the place for you.

Groote Eylandt man Steve Wurramara recording his story as part of the ‘Our Story’ project. Photo courtesy of MJD Foundation

MJD Foundation and the transformative power of digital technology - Sponsored by the Telstra Foundation

Wednesday, 25th September 2013

The MJD Foundation is using tablet technology to improve the social and emotional wellbeing of their clients.

Image from Getting hands-on at M-Enabling Australasia 2013

Breakthroughs - Sponsored by Telstra

Wednesday, 25th September 2013

Getting hands-on at M-Enabling Australasia 2013  -  Telstra predicts the future of accessible technology

The musings of Peter Coulter

Wednesday, 25th September 2013

The LINK columnist talks language misuse and “peacocking”.