New resort for people with spinal cord injury
People with spinal cord injuries and their families can enjoy a luxurious holiday on Sydney’s beaches by booking a stay at Royal Rehab's new resort, Sargood on Collaroy.
The well-known rehabilitation organisation has designed the world-first accessible resort’s 17 apartments especially for people with spinal cord injury.
Located on Collaroy Beach, the resort combines luxury and accessibility, featuring a therapy area, gymnasium and expert staff who are up-to-date with the latest research and evidence-based innovations in spinal injury management and recreational therapy.
The facility will also provide opportunities for the development of vocational skills, education for self-management in health, psychological support, carer education and opportunities for community engagement. Royal Rehab will also offer a number of innovative activities such as their Beach Access program, which will allow guests in wheelchairs to safely access the beach and water under the supervision of trained clinicians.
General manager of Sargood on Collaroy Delia Gray said she is thrilled to see the project come to life after years of meticulous planning.
“Sargood on Collaroy will be a showcase for innovation and connection, a place for discovery –
whether it is the latest evidence-based techniques for managing life with a spinal injury, accessing the latest equipment enabling participation in sport and leisure activities, advice and support on vocational goals or meeting people with shared experience,” she said
“With fully accessible rooms, state-of-the-art facilities and activities, programs and services tailored to meet the needs and interests of each guest, I am proud to call Sargood on Collaroy a world-first facility, promoting independence and resilience for people with spinal injury.”
Husband and father of two Lee Ferrier is looking forward to a stay in the resort. Having severed his spinal cord and T2 vertibrae in a motorbike accident, Lee spent over three months in hospital before arriving at Royal Rehab where he spent a further 2.5 months in full-time rehabilitation adjusting to life in a wheelchair.
“The concept of Sargood on Collaroy is such a fantastic one. People don’t realise how challenging something like going away on vacation can be for a person in a wheelchair and their family. It’s supposed to be an enjoyable experience but I know for some people it can be just too hard,” said Lee.
For more information visit sargoodoncollaroy.com
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The world-famous Sydney Opera House will feature more than 70 accessible performances, workshops and experiences as part of its 2017 Access Program.
Underpinned by the Sydney Opera House’s Access Strategic Plan 2016-18, the 2017 program is the venue’s biggest yet. Highlights include an Australian Ballet Education Access Residency, giving school-aged children with disabilities an introduction to dance through workshops and performance, and AUSLAN, caption or sensory/autism-friendly performances of several shows including Creature: An Adaptation of Dot and the Kangaroo, Flying Fruit Fly Circus’ Junk, Music of the Forest, Horrible Harriet and 7 Stages of Grieving.
“As we renew the building for future generations we are looking at every possible opportunity to make the Opera House more accessible – from programming to the building itself,” says Sydney Opera House chief executive Louise Herron AM.
“Since opening in 1973, the Opera House has played a significant role in the life of this country. It belongs to us all and our Access Program and Renewal works are vital to ensure it is accessible to everyone.”
Another accessible initiative in 2017 is the Sing & Play series – accessible performances of children’s shows such as Music of the Forest, which will be followed by Sing & Play sessions where kids can experiment with musical instruments. Led by music therapists, the sessions will be presented in partnership with Lifestart and the Royal Institute of Deaf & Blind Children.
Dance workshops by The Australian Ballet’s education team for children aged three to five, regardless of their physical ability, and Dance for Parkinson’s classes are also on the program.
The Opera House is also planning to open up more of the building to the public and improve access around the site for people with mobility issues. These essential works, which form part of Stage 1 Renewal of the Opera House, include greater access to the Concert Hall and Joan Sutherland Theatre, wheelchair accessible seating positions and new Box Office and Foyer lifts and escalators.