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From the Editor

Wednesday, 1st February 2017

Welcome to our first ever February edition of Link! Up until now we’ve published five times per year but with readers and advertisers both complaining about the long wait between the December and April editions, we decided to ramp up production to six magazines per year. We’re also delighted to unveil a new look for our cover in 2017 – let us know what you think.

Nas meets staff of the Pacific Disability Forum during in country orient

Link Loves: Helping hand

Wednesday, 1st February 2017

People with disability are being encouraged to volunteer overseas following the establishment of a Disability Inclusion Community of Practice, involving volunteer organisations from across the globe.



Contributions: Taking sides

Wednesday, 1st February 2017

People with disabilities are often forced to take sides on issues of which they seem to be the root cause. Do I support stem cell research or do I sell out my disability pride by endorsing it? Am I for or against euthanasia?

National Public Toilet symbols

Essentials: Got to go

Wednesday, 1st February 2017

The National Public Toilet Map provides locations for over 17,000 public and private public toilets across Australia. The map helps people with disability find an accessible toilet when they are out, or when planning trips and activities.

a boy playing toy

In the News

Wednesday, 1st February 2017

Northern exposure; Web of Access; National win for Bedford; BSWAT ruling announced; Industry reform agenda for National Conference; Unlocking the key to stuttering; New university autism program launched; To the beach; Motor Neurone disease gets funding boost

wheelchair on ramp between doorway

Products & Services

Wednesday, 1st February 2017

- Ramp it up 
- Staying safe
Smart information
Power to the people


Jack Tyrrell holding a puppy


Wednesday, 1st February 2017

Jack Tyrrell is a young man who is not afraid to speak up for what he needs, writes Maria Whitmore from the Continence Foundation of Australia.

Marlena doing base jumping


Wednesday, 1st February 2017

Link’s favourite entertainment journalist, Marlena Katene, sought an adventure of a different kind late last year when she became the first person in the world with cerebral palsy to do base-jumping. She shared her story with Link.

Peter Dinklage

Interview: Peter Dinklage

Wednesday, 1st February 2017

For Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage, landing the role of Tyrion Lannister wasn’t just a win for him as an actor, but for people with dwarfism.

Afford New Residents with CEO Steven

Accommodation, home modifications and improvements

Wednesday, 1st February 2017

A place to call home; Top award for family business; The right equipment; Safe Haven; Safe as Houses; Journey to independent living; robot at the ready; kitchen makeover a winner for Anne; Making home better; Glad to be home; The NDIS and Housing; Home sweet home; Home at last



Silvia Belo-Tomic


Wednesday, 1st February 2017

Parents of children with special needs and carers of people with disability need to talk about the tough times, writes psychologist Silvia Belo-Tomic. 

Jason Becker playing guitar in the early years

Music: the greatest shredder ever

Wednesday, 1st February 2017

In the 1980s Jason Becker was considered one of the best young guitarists America had to offer. He played alongside Mary Friedman in the duo Cacophony before leaving in 1988 to make his first solo album, Perpetual Burn.

CEO Emma Hinchey

In Conversation: Emma Hinchey, CEO

Wednesday, 1st February 2017

Emma Hinchey, CEO, Community Support Incorporated

Marayke Jonkers

Travel: Can Do Canada

Wednesday, 1st February 2017

Posing for photos atop 200-year-old ice on picturesque Athabasca Glacier in the Canadian Rocky Mountains is one of the last places I expected to be in a wheelchair, especially having just stepped out of an Ice Explorer snowmobile with wheelchair lift and guided commentary. 

Jane Prentice MP

Opinion: Job Ready

Wednesday, 1st February 2017

Changes to Disability Employment Services are designed to get more people with disability into work, writes the Commonwealth Assistant Minister for Disability, Hon. Jane Prentice.

girl in walker

Support: New childcare facility for kids with disability

Wednesday, 1st February 2017

A new room for children with and without disability has been opened at the inclusive Mikarie Child Care Centre in Kirrawee, Sydney.



Wednesday, 1st February 2017

- Training your brain
- Pass the chilli

a guy using Smart Home device

Advertorial: Introducing Telstra Smart Home™

Friday, 27th January 2017

Telstra Smart Home is about to make your home a whole lot smarter and your life that little bit easier. Available online and in select stores, Telstra Smart Home lets you set your home up so you can feel like you’re at home, even when you’re not there.