Active City: Sport and Recreation Access Guide

The city of Melbourne, in partnership with YMCA Victoria has developed the Active City Guide in order to provide information about accessibility in city sports and recreation venues. This guide was developed in consultation with people with disabilities ensuring the most relevant and useful information was included when determining a suitable sport and recreation venue to visit. … Continued

Media on a Shoestring – Media Tactics for Community Organisations

This book aims to help community organisations understand how they can be both worthy and newsworthy, and tell their stories to a larger audience. With positive media coverage even the smallest organisation can not only survive, but thrive and succeed in achieving their community goals. Prepared with the help of some of Australia’s leading journalists … Continued

Accessible Tourism: It’s your Business

This resource kit  raises awareness and supports the Victorian tourism industry to become more accessible and inclusive. The kit was created with particular attention to the needs of tourism businesses, regional tourism boards and associations and visitor information centres. The first of its kind for the Victorian tourism industry, the kit incorporates best practices drawn … Continued

The Other Film Festival goes to New York

The Other Film Festival presents a unique program of films at UN HQ New York during the United Nations’ Sixth Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities This July, the world’s leading disability film festival, Australia’s own THE OTHER FILM FESTIVAL, will present a specially-curated program … Continued

Launch of World-first Technology to Enable Blind and Vision Impaired Australians to Enjoy Live Theatre

From today, a cutting-edge new app will enable people who are blind or vision impaired to enjoy live theatre by providing high-quality audio descriptions on their mobile devices, including smart phones and tablets. Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers Amanda Rishworth today launched the GoTheatrical! mobile app, developed by award-winning Australian company The Captioning Studio, … Continued

Limit on Mobility Scooters at Commonwealth Games Blasted as “Outrageous”

Plans to place a limit on the number of mobility scooters allowed into Commonwealth Games venues is outrageous and discriminatory, according to the lobby group for seniors. Media outlets have today reported that the Queensland Government is concerned about overcrowding at the Commonwealth Games and is considering implementing news laws which allow venue management to … Continued

Multicultural Victoria Magazine

The MV Magazine keeps you informed of the latest VMC news and grants, plus initiatives, events and festivals happening across Victoria’s multicultural community. For information on how to subscribe/download the MV Magazine and to access past copies, please use the link below.

Director’s a Changed Man after Film Gives Fresh View of Disability

Oscar-nominated movie The Sessions made a lot of people think differently about disability – but perhaps none more so than its disabled Australian director Ben Lewin. ”If I was afraid of the ‘disease of the week’ genre, I hope I’m not any more,” Lewin says with a chuckle. The former barrister says he had long … Continued

Artists with Disability Face Uncertain Future

The release of the Government’s Creative Australia policy yesterday has left artists with disability and arts and disability organisations lacking certainty about how the one in five Australians with disability will be empowered to contribute to arts and culture as audiences, artists, employees and arts leaders. Arts Access Australia, the national voice for artists with … Continued

AA e-news January 2012

In this edition:  International Online Leadership Network  Invitation to participate in the National Audio Description Survey – Arts and Cultural Venues  Art Works – Arts Employment for people with disability  Artist Profile  What’s On  

Celebrating World-leading Advances in Victoria’s Park Accessibility

Minister for the Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith and Parliamentary Secretary for Families and Community Services Andrea Coote today joined representatives from Blind Sports Victoria and Parks Victoria at Albert Park to celebrate International Day of People with a Disability. Mr Smith announced that Blind Sports Victoria would receive a $15,000 grant for another … Continued

Back to Back Aim for New Heights

Sitting in the kitchen area at Back to Back theatre company headquarters in Geelong, Brian Tilley plays with a set of superhero figurines, including Batman and Spiderman. ‘‘I feel like I know what they’re going through, spending life as an outcast,’’ he says. Tilley’s certainly not an outcast at Back to Back, which is celebrating … Continued

GRIT Media Receives a Yooralla Media Award!

Grit Media was awarded a Yooralla Media Award, which recognises reporting across all media that has helped to challenge stereotypes that unfairly define people with a disability. Naomi Chainey and Phineas Meere, the brains behind the Condescending Tool, accepted the award on behalf of Grit Media at the National Press Club in Canberra. Congratulations to … Continued

Hidden Lives DVD

This DVD features artwork created as part of the Hidden Lives Exhibition.  The artwork was created by people who had experienced institutionalisation. Their life stories are presented through images, music, prose and film. The history of institutionalisation for many people with an intellectual disability is one that has been largely ignored by the community.  In … Continued