The PC term for Jeremy is “without specialty” but the colloquial slur is “dud”. He wears a lanyard that announces to the rest of the world that he is in the minority – “not special” – in an alternate universe in which disability is the norm.
A wheelchair using Indented Head man has launched a 15,000-signature strong petition demanding ticket agencies equal the playing field for disabled event-goers.
Getting a ticket for a preliminary final can be exhausting, especially when tickets to the public are exhausted. But spare a thought for footy fans like Sam Jackson, a Tigers supporter who competed for one of the coveted seats from an extremely uneven playing field.
When a degenerative disease robbed Holly Craig of her eyesight, she gave up on her dreams of a career on stage. Almost a decade later, Craig, now 27, is beginning to dream again, as she takes centre stage for a solo dance in a production at the Australian Theatre for Young People in Sydney.
A group of Sirius College Meadow Fair Campus students have made the finals in the Focus On Ability Short Film Festival. The awards are designed to encourage budding filmmakers to focus on the ability of people who have a disability
The 88-year-old grand dame of Australian art, literature and music takes delight in challenging conventional wisdom. The chapters of her life would fill several lifetimes – from embracing literature and music as a young girl in Brisbane, to falling in love in Sydney with her first husband, celebrated painter Charles Blackman, the years in a rural retreat with her second … Continued
Melburnian Sam Bramham is no stranger to testing himself physically. The gold medal-winning former Paralympic swimmer has tackled many challenges throughout his life, including reality TV (yes, that was him on Big Brother in 2014).
SAMMY McCombe and Lucy Carpenter started an Instagram account as a way to have a bit of fun modelling and increase their confidence. Somewhere along the way they scored more than 7000 followers and a whole lot of international attention. Sammy, 12, and Lucy, 14 were both born with Oculocutaneous albinism, a disorder that is … Continued
BEING blind and nearly deaf are no barriers to Alex Sar’s artistic pursuits. The Springvale man lost his sight aged 13 and relies on a cochlear implant for his limited hearing. He’s one of about 330,000 Australians to have lost both senses.
Closing date: January 1, 1970
The Australian Paralympic Committee has strongly rebuked Australian Olympic Committee supremo John Coates for using the term “sheltered workshop” as he criticised a staff member with cancer who he claimed was under-performing.
The latest fantastic offering from the You Cant Ask That team- all you wanted to know about Down Syndrome. This is smashing those societal attitudes about people with Down Syndrome.
Two beaches in Melbourne’s western suburbs have become the first in Australia to enable 24-hour access for people with disabilities. Altona and Williamstown beaches, part of the Hobson Bay Council, have installed new mats on the foreshore which allows those with wheelchairs, prams and mobility aids to move readily along the hard sand.
A $1million donation from Moose Toys will kick off Deakin University research that is set to break down the barriers that limit thousands of children from access to sports. The funding will be invested in opening up opportunities for the many thousands of Australian children who are affected by a developmental challenge, such as autism, … Continued
A new comic series, called The Disabled Life, is using humour and sarcasm to chronicle what it’s like to live with a mobility-related disability. Created by Jessica and Lianna Oddi, who both use wheelchairs, the series documents what they call the “jerks and perks of living #TheDisabledLife.”
A group of 13 adults with disabilities are preparing to trek down to Melbourne this weekend to tackle the Melbourne Marathon.The group wants to challenge the stereotype of a ‘fun run’ participant.