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From the Editor

Saturday, 1st October 2016

It was smiles all around in the Link office on August 25 when the magazine was announced as the winner of the St Mary MacKillop Award at the 2016 Archbishop’s Media Awards. The prestigious award recognises the work of a South Australian individual, or media outlet, who has contributed to the strengthening and building up of community and to “the creation of a truly human world”. 

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Link Loves

Saturday, 1st October 2016

A short film featuring American athlete Kyle Maynard is the latest instalment in a Nike promotional campaign that aims to show how unlimited determination can overcome the toughest of challenges.

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Why is it so?

Saturday, 1st October 2016

In my role as a Disability Support Worker, I regularly take people with a disability out into the community to attend appointments, to do shopping or just to have a coffee. Often when walking down the footpath together, I see people approaching us who look up, see us in the distance and immediately cross to the other side of the road.

Aussie Rules for all

In The News

Saturday, 1st October 2016

- Aussie Rules for all 
- Post-grad qualifications lacking 
- New autism school is awesome
- Housing development puts residents’ needs first
- Inspire Awards seek nominees
- Online therapy helps young people with OCD 

Products & Services

Saturday, 1st October 2016

- Dash the brave
- Protect yourself
- New job website
- Bath time 
- Securing their future
- Holiday help  

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Medicine man

Saturday, 1st October 2016

Griffin University student Dinesh Palipana was in his third year of a medical degree when the unthinkable happened – he was involved in a catastrophic car accident.


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Andrea Bocelli

Saturday, 1st October 2016

Think opera and it’s likely that Andrea Bocelli will come to mind. The Italian tenor, who is blind, has sold over 70 million records worldwide, performed on stages all over the globe and has won a swag of awards, including a Golden Globe for his duet with Celine Dion, ‘The Prayer’. Bocelli’s classical crossover album, ‘Sacred Arias’, is the biggest-selling album of its genre, and his ‘Time to Say Goodbye’ single with Sarah Brightman is one of the best-selling singles of all time.  Link reporter Marlena Katene caught up with Andrea Bocelli to find out more about this mega-talented superstar.

Tim Ferguson

Aussie Love Story a Spin Out

Saturday, 1st October 2016

A new Australian film co-written and co-directed by comedian Tim Ferguson tells the story of young love blossoming between best friends, Billy and Lucy, against the backdrop of a Bachelors and Spinsters Ball. Anthea Skinner spoke to Tim, who lives with multiple sclerosis (MS), about his involvement in the film

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Hearing Voices

Saturday, 1st October 2016

Triple J listeners will be familiar with the dulcet tones of newsreader Nas Campanella however did you know Nas is visually impaired?  Mel Kitschke spoke with Nas to find out more.


Dr Dani Tomlin

Listen up

Saturday, 1st October 2016

Health professionals working with children with listening difficulties can now more accurately diagnose Auditory Processing Disorders using a new collection of tests supported by HEARing CRC research.

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Game changer

Saturday, 1st October 2016

Rebecca Adams wants to change the way society treats people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

“Deaf people are 15 per cent less likely than the wider community to achieve year 12,” she said.

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Do devices help?

Saturday, 1st October 2016

A study into how telecommunications devices can help adults with hearing loss is being conducted by researchers at the University of Queensland.


Adeline Roe smiling in the Water

Underwater Acrobat

Saturday, 1st October 2016

Adeline Roe came into the world five weeks ahead of schedule – but ready to take on the world.

Now eight years old, Adeline loves dancing and swimming and, when in the pool, calls herself an underwater acrobat.

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One race at a time

Thursday, 29th September 2016

With a string of Australian and international titles under his belt in the sport of Paratriathlon, Jonathan Goerlach now has the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics in his sights - the men’s PT5 category not selected for Rio.

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Technology helps accessibility

Saturday, 1st October 2016

Accessibility for people with disability means having access to products, devices, services and places that allow them to achieve independence and their full potential, writes Derek Austin.


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Making hearing priority

Saturday, 1st October 2016

Australia’s largest hearing health campaign Break the Sound Barrier is calling on the Commonwealth and state governments to make hearing health a National Health Priority Area.
Break the Sound Barrier has, for the first time, united not-for-profit organisations, hearing professionals, commercial partners and people from across Australia to call for better supports, services and community education about hearing health.

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Art from within

Saturday, 1st October 2016

Adelaide artist Chelle Destefanos says being a person who is Deaf allows her to see things on a deeper level.

“I notice things more. Also being Deaf means my silence lets me internalise my imagination and pour it onto paper,” she says.


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Breaking down barriers

Saturday, 1st October 2016

From motorcycle posties to machine operators, Your Employment Success (YES) finds jobs for people who are Deaf, hard of hearing or hearing impaired. 

The Adelaide-based agency offers their clients the full gamut of recruitment services, from resume preparation and career counselling to training on interview skills, online applications and canvassing of employers.



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Hearing test inventor wins national awards

Saturday, 1st October 2016

Four million Australians, young and old, need a hearing aid. Without one they’re at risk of losing their friends, their partner, their job and their sanity.

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Paraylmpian announced as patron of National Disability Awards

Saturday, 1st October 2016

Paralympic champion and disability advocate Karni Liddell has been announced as the patron of the International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) and host of this year’s National Disability Awards.


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Continence helpline finds solutions

Saturday, 1st October 2016

Finding the most appropriate continence health professional is probably the most important first step for someone living with disability and bladder and bowel control issues, according to Stephen Marburg, who coordinates the Continence Foundation of Australia’s Helpline

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A wee problem no more

Saturday, 1st October 2016

If you’ve ever struggled to change a wet bed in the middle of the night then you’ll love Brolly Sheets.
This stylish and practical solution to a wet bed is an easy-to-use waterproof mattress protector designed to get you back to sleep quickly, with little fuss after a night-time accident. 

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Tips for healthier bladder

Saturday, 1st October 2016

Most people take bladder control for granted – until it’s gone. But if your bladder control could be better, it’s important to know you’re not alone. Roughly 33% of people aged 30 to 70 suffer from incontinence issues. 
The most important first step is to find the cause, treat the problem. Make sure you see your GP or specialist to discuss how incontinence is affecting your day-to-day life. Together you can work to discover why that might be so and what you can do about it.


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The NDIS and personal care

Saturday, 1st October 2016

With the NDIS now in full roll-out mode, you might be wondering how incontinence and personal care fits into your plan.  Continence Foundation of Australia project officer Cate McKinnon shares her advice.


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Is this Australia's best bathroom?

Saturday, 1st October 2016

No, it’s not some glamorous, marble-lined throne at the top of the tallest building in the city. Nor is it some green, composting, fully recyclable eco-loo nestled in a quiet forest. It’s actually a bit of a secret. 

Tucked away in a suburban park in Ringwood in Melbourne’s east, just a stone’s throw from the freeway, lies a relatively unremarkable looking public toilet block. But don’t worry – that doesn’t mean you’ll have to stand in line to share the best bathroom experience. Because this toilet is only available for people with disabilities.

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Are you NDIS ready?

Saturday, 1st October 2016

The impact of incontinence on an individual can be devastating in terms of a person’s ability to participate in many life areas, including the confidence to gain employment, or increased social isolation due to the stigma of being incontinent in public. 


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Colouring books will help the kids understand their conditon

Saturday, 1st October 2016

The world is about to get a little bit more colourful for children with complex urological conditions. The winning project for the 2016 Hollister Mitrofanoff Support Australia Scholarship will produce colouring books for children undergoing a Mitrofanoff procedure.


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Measuring Australia's digital divide

Saturday, 1st October 2016

A landmark report measuring the digital divide in Australia was recently launched by Telstra, the Centre for Social Impact at Swinburne University of Technology and Roy Morgan Research.
‘Measuring Australia’s Digital Divide: the Australian Digital Inclusion Index 2016’ provides the most detailed snapshot yet of digital inclusion and exclusion in Australia.


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In conversation:

Saturday, 1st October 2016

Questions & Answers

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IT Managed service providers gain traction

Saturday, 1st October 2016

A recent survey of organisations with more than 100 employees has revealed a surprising change in drivers of Managed Service Provider (MSP) engagement. 

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In search of an Outback Legend

Saturday, 1st October 2016

Nothing says Australia more than a postcard image of a rusty windmill and outback shed at sunset, the red earth stretching to the horizon as the odd mob of cattle - or even a stray camel - meander by.

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Saturday, 1st October 2016

- Cinnamon good for you

- Treatment could delay Motor Neuron Loss

Kelly Vincent

A Grand design

Saturday, 1st October 2016

South Australian Dignity for Disability MLC Kelly Vincent has successfully pushed for Universal Design principles to be enshrined in planning law.
Frustratingly, our urban environment is not user-friendly for all, with ramps that are too steep, and road crossings that don’t line up, we need universal design!

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Film Festival focuses on Ability

Saturday, 1st October 2016

A positive portrayal of a talented best friend who is vision impaired has won the prestigious 2016 Nova Focus on Ability Film Festival.
The film, by Ramon Samson, was chosen from 194 entries from 18 countries - the biggest year in the history of the awards.

book cover of Ride: A Memoir to my father

Ride: A Memoir to my father

Saturday, 1st October 2016

Ride: A Memoir to my Father tells how Associate Professor Fry, from the Centre for Cultural Diversity and Wellbeing at Victoria University, dealt with the shock and crippling grief of losing his father.

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The policitics of Disability

Saturday, 1st October 2016

Dr Peter Gibilsco’s book challenges the claim that there is no alternative to profit-making. The Politics of Disability asks: where does neoliberalism and the inhumane consequences of economic policies leave people with disabilities?

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Celebrating diversity in Children's ficton

Saturday, 1st October 2016

‘While your stories have merit, unfortunately they do not fit our list". This is a typical response I received from children’s book publishers when pitching stories featuring characters who live with disability.