Sirius College students turn lens on ability at film festival

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

Barbara Blackman reveals how blindness is simply a different way of seeing

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

Sam Bramham opens up about his stint on Australian Ninja Warrior

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).

Blind-deaf Alex Sar inspires with paintings and public speaking

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.

Paralympians condemn John Coates for ‘sheltered workshop’ jibe

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.

You Cant Ask That: Series 2, Down Syndrome

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.

Melbourne beaches enable 24-hour access for people with disabilities

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.

Million dollar donation to break down barriers

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

Comic series uses offbeat humor to give unfiltered look at life with a disability

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.”

We can be heroes: Meet three inspiring Australian Paralympians

The Paralympic Games have emerged from the shadow of the able-bodied Olympics to become a hugely popular event in their own right, securing their first commercial broadcast partner, Channel Seven, this year, promising 14 hours a day of live coverage. Before the games begin on September 7, here are some of the inspiring stories behind Australia’s … Continued

Magazine a reminder Life is Beautiful

Foundation 97 will on Tuesday celebrate the launch of its annual magazine, Life is Beautiful, at Parliament House. Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley, Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan and Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards will co-host the event in Melbourne. Foundation 97 managing director and Life is Beautiful editor Tracey Clarke … Continued

National inclusion carnival begins

TEAMS from across Australia are competing in the 2016 AFL National Inclusion Carnival which has commenced in Melbourne today, Wednesday August 10. The AFL National Inclusion Carnival brings together footballers with an intellectual disability from across the country to take part in a round-robin carnival with teams representing South Australia, NSW/ACT, Queensland, Tasmania, Vic Metro and … Continued

You Cant Ask That!

ABC’s new series ‘You Can’t Ask That’ breaks down stereotypes and offers genuine insight into the lives of people who live with labels. The series gives an unmediated platform to some of the most misunderstood or marginalised people in our country. The episode two sets the record straight on what its like to be short statured and … Continued