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Challenging perceptions of disability – and showing that beauty comes in many different forms – is something we often try to achieve at Link DisAbility Magazine, so we were delighted to discover Miss World contestant Justine Clarke. Though not everyone is a fan of beauty pageants, it’s fair to say that Justine’s participation in this event, which is normally associated with a more traditional definition of beauty, should be applauded. Justine, who uses a wheelchair, is also doing a great job of fundraising for South Australian charity Variety, which provides valuable services to children with disability, and has a chance of making the national final of Miss World Australia if she is the highest fundraiser.

Another individual that’s pushing the boundaries is actor, writer and director Kate Hood. You might recognise Kate’s face from TV shows such as Prisoner, however more recently her attention has turned to her disability-led theatre company, Raspberry Ripple. 

This edition we also shine the spotlight on one of the most common disabilities in Australia, autism. From the latest research to real-life stories about people with autism, we hope you enjoy finding out more. We also discuss ways to get you moving in our mobility equipment feature, and take a state-by-state look at what’s happening with the NDIS.

Our music and arts writer Anthea Skinner discovers a fascinating music program for children who are DeafBlind, and the Federal Shadow Minister for Disability and Carers, Senator Carol Brown, shares her views on the Senate inquiry into accessibility for people with disability. There’s also the usual mix of news, products and services, breakthroughs and social snaps from across the country.

Enjoy reading our April 2017 edition and be sure to send us your comments via email or Facebook.

Until next time.

Rebecca

Link Editor