• Rise and shine from beds to the boardroom
    Eighteen years ago, Clare Gibellini was a store assistant selling beds. Now she is waking everyone up and campaigning for change to ensure people with disabilities are valued,respected and included in every aspect of society. Gibellini landed a job as a disabilitysupport worker in 2003 after realising bed retail was not for her. Read More… Read more: Rise and shine from beds to the boardroom
  • Meet the Yellow Ladybugs
    It all started with a party. Katie Koullas was picking her daughter up from school, when shenoticed another child handing out invites to a birthday party. But Koullas’ daughter didn’t get one. “My heart just broke. To be publicly outcast like that was just heartbreaking,” Koullas told Link. Read More in the latest issue of… Read more: Meet the Yellow Ladybugs
  • A carer whose life changed in a split second
    In 2020 Kathryn Ware and her husband Kingsley were driving home to Kingaroy from Toowoomba, when in the blink of an eye, life as the Queensland couple knew it wascompletely turned upside down. It was 4 o’clock in the afternoon and raining, when Kathryn took a bend in the road, their car aquaplaned out of… Read more: A carer whose life changed in a split second
  • Country Pub takes out All Abilities Award
    The Drouin Family Hotel in Victoria has won an inaugural All Abilities Hotel Award that has been introduced into Australian Hotels Association (AHA) awards categoryfor 2023. The hotel seems to tick all the boxes when it comes to disability inclusion.It employs people with a disability, is wheelchair accessible with a raft of accessible features, a… Read more: Country Pub takes out All Abilities Award
  • Legally Blind – SA rock band, The Visionaries
    Ask lead guitarist Tim Haggis what music his group can play, and he does not hesitate: “Weplay pretty much anything from rock & roll, Top 40 and classical pieces like A Whiter Shade of Pale’ But rock and contemporary best describes us.” ‘Us’ is also drummer and percussionist Mike Russell and David Lee on keyboard,… Read more: Legally Blind – SA rock band, The Visionaries
  • New training program for accessible tourism
    Spinal Life Australia, in partnership with technology group Cérge, has developed the Access Accelerator program for tourism operators in Queensland, to make them more accessible and inclusive for travellers with diverse accessibility needs. The program is launching this month starting with the Sunshine and Fraser Coast regions with a series of workshops and training sessions… Read more: New training program for accessible tourism
  • Rallying to a cause
    From the start… Chris Astill and Jasmine Dingley are new to the world of disability. A few weeks after saying yes to the Shitbox Summer Rally 2023, Astill suffered a T10 complete spinal cord injury in a paragliding accident. “As we came up for air and began to learn what this injury and diagnosis meant… Read more: Rallying to a cause
  • Voices of Children
    “Nothing About Us Without Us “has become synonymous with disability rights, the call by individuals with disabilities to be heard in matters that concern them and for full and equal access to all aspects of society. It is a call that I have paid attention to in my work as a teacher and an early… Read more: Voices of Children
  • A Starr artist is reborn
    For nearly two decades Starr has had her art featured internationally and her work has been displayed in the foyer of La Nouvelle Eve in Paris. Her new Can Can series is currently on permanent display in Paris and the new, New York Styles Series in New York. Starr was diagnosed as a child with… Read more: A Starr artist is reborn
  • Love and a married couple
    Laura and Ben Robinson celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary this year. They met at Ability Works in 2004 where they both work and where love blossomed. The Melbournecouple spoke to Kymberly Martin about love and marriage. This relationship began with chats at work, a brief courtship followed by a quick marriage proposal, a long engagement… Read more: Love and a married couple
  • Pride & Passion
    There are few sports in the world that can produce the unbridled passion that was seen across Argentina after their Lionel Messi powered World Cup win in Qatar. No matter what is going on in the world, soccer can unite people from different religions, upbringings, communities and races. Unfortunately, the opportunity to get out on… Read more: Pride & Passion
  • A turning point for Jason Wright
    After a spinal cord injury more than 20 years ago that left him in a wheelchair, Jason Wright went through periods of depression and hopelessness. Having turned hislife around, he is now working to help others in the same position adjust totheir new lives. The open doors of his light-filled new home at Buff Point… Read more: A turning point for Jason Wright
  • Interview with Australia’s first ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR AUTISM
    Assistant Minister for Autism Emily Bourke is responsible for implementing the South Australia State Government’s autism policies. In a first for Australia, she was appointed in August 2022, in addition to her role as Assistant Minister to Premier Peter Malinauskas. Read more in the Link Magazine
  • Meet neurodiverse musician Ky Lovell
    Ky Lovell is a multi-instrumentalist with perfect pitch who can reproduce notes by ear.He told Link his goal is to work in the music festival scene as an inclusion coordinator,that is, when he is not performing on stage! The 21-year-old NDIS participant from Redcliffe, north of Brisbane, has profound symptoms of autism and other intellectual… Read more: Meet neurodiverse musician Ky Lovell
  • Making headlines in the assistive technology and accessibility space
    At this year’s Consumer Electronics’ Show (CES) in Las Vegas, we saw some excitingtrends. Among them was Samsung’s Flex Hybrid OLED, that uses a combination of screens that fold, roll and slide to turn a pocket-sized device into a sizable screen. For people withlow vision, the convenience of being able to easily carry a large… Read more: Making headlines in the assistive technology and accessibility space
  • The new national guideline is the biggest gift for the NDIS
    Andrew Whitehouse, Professor of Autism Research at the University of Western Australia and the Telethon Kids Institute spoke to Link about the new autism guideline and its implications for the NDIS. What? In a first for Australia, a national guideline has been released that clearly defines and describes evidence-based practice for children aged 0 to… Read more: The new national guideline is the biggest gift for the NDIS
  • Q&A with Suzanna Poredos
    Suzanna Poredos lives with her family in Sydney. She is 26 years old and was diagnosed with autism three years ago. She spoke to Kymberly Martin about living with autism, the emotional toll that being unemployed can bring, her love of poetry and her schooldays where bullying was rife. Read more in the Link Magazine
  • Onyx – a jewel of a dog for a program in demand
    No one can dispute the special bond that exists between people and dogs. Dogs can provide a sense of calm, comfort and safety to reduce stressful situations. It’s no wonder, we are witnessing an increase in dogs used in therapy as human interaction with dogs can have numerous physical and psychological benefits. Kites Children’s Therapy… Read more: Onyx – a jewel of a dog for a program in demand
  • ‘Everything is rehab’ for Nick Hoare
    After five months in hospital, Nick Hoare wanted nothing more than to get home to his family. But just getting to the front door of his Melbourne house was a wake-up call tothe long journey he’d embarked upon as an incomplete quadriplegic. Read More in the Link Magazine
  • The Good Life when it comes
    to specialist education
    In Benalla, country Victoria you will find a school that is rather different to any school in Australia. The EdSpace Education and Training Centre was set up in 2008 when nurse Maggie Fanning, her GP husband David Rodgers and friend Jenny Wellard, decided to open a specialist school for children who were falling through the… Read more: The Good Life when it comes<br>to specialist education