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Rebecca Somerfield, Link editor

From the Editor

Wednesday, 28th May 2014

What an honour it is to edit my first edition of Link Disability Magazine.  Over the past two months I’ve met amazing people, heard inspirational stories and been struck by the passion and enthusiasm of those involved in the disability sector.

BLUE ribbon prize: Jenny Valenzuela – Feeling alone, Feeling isolated, feeling blue

Link loves

Wednesday, 28th May 2014

Check out the amazing winning entries in the inaugural BLUEprint photographic competition, organised by Autism Spectrum Australia.

Letters to LINK

Wednesday, 28th May 2014

Letter of the Issue: Finding a voice - Let’s get positive - Life of crime - Radio for all Australians

Jewel Kats

Comic escape

Wednesday, 28th May 2014

Iconic Archie Comics has introduced a character with a disability, writes Canadian comic Jewel Kats.

Photo refers to Article: Shining light on vision loss


Wednesday, 28th May 2014

Shining a light on vision loss - Singing for a cause - Federal Budget spares NDIS - Carers receive much-needed support

Enware Australia’s new barrier-free, wall-mounted drinking fountains are custom-designed for use by people with disability.

New Products

Wednesday, 28th May 2014

Dragon Dictate for Mac, Version 4.0 - Uniden Australia amplified voice stereo receiver (SS EVR1) - Enware Australia’s new barrier-free, wall-mounted drinking fountains - TabTimer’s reminder products and accessories are now just a click away following the launch of the company’s new website

David Copperfield

Magic Man

Wednesday, 28th May 2014

David Copperfield is the most successful commercial magician in history.  He’s also the highest selling performer of all time, selling more than 40 million tickets – more than the Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson and the Beatles.  Marlena Katene caught up with David after a show in Las Vegas to talk about self-esteem, role models and his latest initiative, Project Magic, which uses magic as a form of therapy for people with disability.

Dignity for Disability MLC Kelly Vincent

Where have all the women gone?

Wednesday, 28th May 2014

Dignity for Disability MLC Kelly Vincent is calling for more women in Parliament.

Beyond the Square

Beyond ABBA

Wednesday, 28th May 2014

A dedicated performing arts program for people with disability in Sydney’s Parramatta uses music by ABBA to attract participants. Link talks to creative director Alison Richardson.

Alan Bloore – AKA Hammer

Driving like I used to

Wednesday, 28th May 2014

Alan Bloore – AKA Hammer – is a man on a mission. The motivational speaker, ‘angel investor’, trustee and motoring enthusiast wants to raise $100,000 for Queensland’s Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association – a not-for-profit organisation that provides sport, recreation, fitness and rehabilitation services for people with disability.

Safety first

Wednesday, 28th May 2014

Modifying a vehicle can provide freedom and independence but safety should be your top consideration, writes the Royal Automobile Association of South Australia.

Feature for June 2014 - Car Conversions and Equipment

Car Conversions for all needs

Wednesday, 28th May 2014

Automobility offers a wide range of wheelchair access conversions to fit almost any need. Whether you are a driver or passenger, the Victorian-based business is likely to have a product that suits.

In the driver's seat

Wednesday, 28th May 2014

Reben Mobility’s range of Aussie-made hand control equipment is helping people to maintain their freedom and independence.

Safety the name of the game

Wednesday, 28th May 2014

The owner of Total Ability, Paul Crake, knows first-hand the challenges of driving with a disability. He shares his story with Link.

Research sheds light on driving and disability

Wednesday, 28th May 2014

A study into private vehicle access, modification and trip planning by people with disability has been conducted by Sydney’s University of Technology.

Drive my car

Wednesday, 28th May 2014

Car conversion expert Garry Dale shares his advice on modifying a vehicle and explains why it’s important to do your research.

Maree Island

Who’s the boss?

Wednesday, 28th May 2014

An innovative program in Victoria is giving people with disability the chance to manage their own care arrangements.

Rachael Leahcar with her RSB Guide Dog Ella

Busy times for singing star

Wednesday, 28th May 2014

2014 has been a big year for singer Rachael Leahcar. Not only has the talented 20-year-old released a new album, she’s started a Bachelor of Speech Pathology degree at Flinders University and got a new companion, RSB guide dog Ella. Link caught up with Rachael, who is legally blind, to talk about music, study
and life with her new friend.

From small ideas big things grow

Thursday, 29th May 2014

Lowood, in the Brisbane Valley, is now a more accessible town thanks to a group of locals keen to make positive change for people who use a wheelchair or face mobility challenges.


Diverse cycles for diverse people

Thursday, 29th May 2014

Cycling expert Peter Lumb believes we should be providing more opportunity for people with disability to discover cycling. 

Enjoy_the _ride

Enjoying the ride

Thursday, 29th May 2014

A local government initiative designed to get people with disability into cycling has been a resounding success, writes Clare Vaughan

Shaunee Fox

High-tech care

Thursday, 29th May 2014

Sensor-controlled automatic doors, wireless control switches for appliances and motion-detected devices for home automation are some of the new high-tech features being introduced into accommodation provided by Sorento Care.


Thursday, 29th May 2014

Giving a voice to siblings of people with disability or chronic illness is the aim of author Kate Strohm.  The experienced health professional, journalist and director of Siblings Australia has spent the past 15 years flying the flag for the siblings of children with disability, arguing that these individuals are often overlooked.

CBB logo

Navigating the NDIA

Thursday, 29th May 2014

The capability review recently conducted by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has found a large amount of trust and community goodwill for the scheme, according to CBB Community Consulting.

Spencer Travel clients enjoy a trip of a lifetime

Holidays for everyone

Thursday, 29th May 2014

Creating holidays for people with disability is the aim of Sydney-based Spencer Travel.  The registered travel agency creates fully supported and escorted holidays for people with intellectual disabilities, mobility challenges, mental health conditions or acquired brain injuries.

Nita and Preston

Queensland toddlers thrive through early intervention

Thursday, 29th May 2014

An early intervention program for children with disability is providing Townsville parents with the support they need to help their loved ones tread forward.

Got to go cartoon

When you’ve got to go

Thursday, 29th May 2014

For the one in four Australians over the age of 15 affected by incontinence,  knowing the location of the next toilet can have a huge impact on their holiday experience.


Telstra trials wearable apps for hearing and vision impaired

Thursday, 29th May 2014

“Imagine that the future for people with a disability is independence.” That’s what Telstra staff member Kelly Shulz said after trialling Telstra’s prototype vision impaired app on Google Glass.



Thursday, 29th May 2014

New method of screening children for autism spectrum disorder  -  Lifesaving emergency information now available on the spot

Image of boat converted to sun bed

The musings of Peter Coulter

Thursday, 29th May 2014

Our resident columnist wants to visit his ideal society, but has trouble pinning down its location.