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    1. What the PWDA Has to Say About Climate Change

      What the PWDA Has to Say About Climate Change

      Here's an interesting article from blog pages of People With Disability Australia. It's called Why We Are Supporting Action On Climate Change.

      It shares some interesting observations from the PWDA. Here’s one that’s particularly thought-provoking:

      Governments need to reach out and listen to people with disabilities, who are among those who feel, or will feel, more acutely the adverse effects of environmental change, and will be important leaders in fighting it.

      Have a look at the complete article for more of the organization's observations.

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    2. How to Boost Inclusivity Through Technology

      How to Boost Inclusivity Through Technology

      Here's a compelling article from The CEO Magazine. It's called 5 Tips on How to Use Technology for More Inclusivity in Your Workplace.

      In it, (author) shares some perceptive observations. Here’s one that’s particularly thought-provoking:

      Making each and every part of society feel respected, equal and included is the responsibility of every ethical employer. Every hardworking person deserves to know they have a chance to realise their ambitions.

      However, a lack of inclusivity in the workplace impedes people with disabilities from achieving that dream and, for far too long, society has allowed this to happen. It ...

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    3. It's Not That Difficult to Design Inclusive Cities

      It's Not That Difficult to Design Inclusive Cities

      Designing cities can be hard work. Doing it with inclusivity shouldn't be.

      Here's a fascinating piece from The Conversation that it caught my interest. It’s titled Making Our Cities More Accessible for People With Disability is Easier Than We Think.

      It shares some intriguing points. Here’s one of them:

      One action identified was to build an Inclusive Geelong Visitor Centre (IGVC) run and managed by people with disability, with accessibility support staff. The centre would provide accessibility information and serve as a landing pad where people can gather information before exploring the city.

      ...In isolation, an ...

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    4. Why It's Completely Okay to Admit Defeat to Disability

      Why It's Completely Okay to Admit Defeat to Disability

      Here's a fascinating article from the Huffington Post. It's called I Sometimes Feel Defeated By My Disability - And That's Okay.

      In it, Pippa Stacey shares some insightful perspectives. Here’s one that’s particularly thought-provoking:

      I’ve come to learn that not pushing my body beyond what it’s telling me has been the key to successfully managing my long-term condition. The fact that I’m not well enough to participate in sport and activities I could potentially enjoy has nothing whatsoever to do with my own determination to succeed.

      Have a look at the full article ...

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    5. Talking To Someone With Mental Illness

      Talking To Someone With Mental Illness

      Thought we’d share this fascinating article from Dr Julie O'Connor. It’s titled How to Talk to Someone About Mental Illness

      In it, she offers some interesting perspectives on mental health. Here’s one that we thought was genuinely noteworthy:

      It can be excruciatingly difficult for someone wrestling with mental illness to admit when they are struggling – to themselves or to anyone else.  You may not want to approach the subject because you may fear upsetting the person you care about.  Saying something with kindness and respect is much better than not saying anything at all.

      To find ...

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    6. The Most Disabling Mental Illness Revealed

      The Most Disabling Mental Illness Revealed

      Stumbled upon this noteworthy piece from Psychology Today and thought that we would share it. It's by Arash Emamzadeh and it's called Which Mental Illness Is Most Disabling?

      It offers us some fascinating views into mental illness. This one was particularly thought-provoking:

      Researchers performed a series of regression analyses, and concluded that among 15 mental health conditions, mood disorders were associated with the greatest functional impairment; anxiety disorders, with intermediate functional impairment; and substance use disorders, with less functional impairment.

      To read the rest of this interesting study, just read the full article at the link below...

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    7. Tips for a Parent With a Child With Disabilities

      Tips for a Parent With a Child With Disabilities

      Came across this fascinating piece from The Mighty and it really piqued our interest. It’s titled To a New Parent of a Child With a Disability, as My Eldest Goes to University.

      It shares some intriguing tips on how to be a good parent to a child with a mental disability. Here’s one of them:

      Follow your child’s lead. Watch what interests them and what brings them joy. Give them lots of time and opportunity to interact with those things in ways that encourage learning. Encourage them to take risks, because it is only when we reach ...

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    8. Shifting the Conversation on Disabled People in the Fashion Industry

      Shifting the Conversation on Disabled People in the Fashion Industry

      Thought that I would share this interesting article from Vogue. It’s titled This Artist and Model is Changing the Conversation Around Disability and Fashion.

      Emily Barker, a model in the fashion industry who also happens to be disabled, shares some fascinating points of view. Here’s one that we thought was genuinely noteworthy:

      It takes designers who are not going to make a big deal out of it to humanize the situation, and be like, ‘She is hot, she can pop a wheelie on the runway, and that is a moment, and she looks great in these clothes.

      To ...

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    9. We Need to Have a Disability Pension Review

      We Need to Have a Disability Pension Review

      The Disability Support Pension is a great initiative but, is it really accomplishing what it set out to do? In this article, we learn from Liz Alderslade some interesting insights. It’s titled Disability Advocates Call for Urgent Review of Disability Support Pension.

      It shares some well-put-together perspectives. Here’s one of them:

      It creates a severe economic impost on persons with disability, illness and/chronic condition due to their extensive requirements for medical evidence to verify the permanency of their disability and/or condition.

      For Indigenous Australians living in regional and remote regions, it can be unfeasible to meet ...

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    10. 9-Year Old Double Amputee Proves That You Don't Need Two Legs To Walk the New York Fashion Week Runway

      9-Year Old Double Amputee Proves That You Don't Need Two Legs To Walk the New York Fashion Week Runway

      Here's a really inspiring piece from Popsugar. It's called 9-Year Old Double Amputee Just Made Her Modelling Debut at the New York Fashion Week.

      It's a really fascinating story. Here's a short excerpt of the report:

      Daisy-May Demetre is only 9 years old, and she's already taking off in her career as a model. The fifth-grader recently made history as the first double amputee to walk in a show at New York Fashion Week for children's fashion brand LuLu et GiGi.

      To see how confidently she walks the runway, give the link below a ...

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    11. Why It's Profitable to Hire Persons With Disability

      Why It's Profitable to Hire Persons With Disability

      Lack of wisdom may be adding fuel to the fire of workplace discrimination against persons with disability. Fortunately, we have this article from The CEO Magazine to help enlighten us. 

      It's called Building a More Inclusive Workplace for People with Disabilities. It's written by Diana Palmer.

      Here's a short excerpt that we found noteworthy:

      Employees with disability are known to have a higher retention rate and stronger motivation, lowering the potential costs of training and turnover for businesses.

      By hiring people with disability, you are likely to see improved productivity and margins within your business. At the ...

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    12. How a 21-Year Old Quadruple Amputee Conquered Australia's Most Unforgiving Peaks

      How a 21-Year Old Quadruple Amputee Conquered Australia's Most Unforgiving Peaks

      Here's a 2018 article of an awe-inspiring story from AZ Family. It's called Valley Quadruple Amputee Summit Australia's Tallest Peak.

      It shares the powerful story of 21-year old Kainoa Spencer. This particular excerpt is especially touching:

      It wasn't going to be all about him, he wanted to help others going through tough times with limb loss, those who might need prosthetics, running blades or whatever they may need, he wants to be a part in helping them.

      Read the full article to learn more about his journey to recovery and his incredible feat.

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    13. A Crisis in Aged Care is Brewing

      A Crisis in Aged Care is Brewing

      Thought we'd share this thought-provoking piece from 9 News. It's called Young In Aged Care a 'National Disgrace'.

      It offers interesting points. This one, in particular, has got me thinking:

      Mr Lye said a conservative estimate of the cost through the NDIS of supporting younger people currently in residential aged care to live in the community was in the order of $700-800 million a year.

      Give the rest of the article a read and weigh in...

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    14. Her Disability Isn't Going to Stop This Model From Taking On the Fashion Industry

      Her Disability Isn't Going to Stop This Model From Taking On the Fashion Industry

      Whoever said that only able-bodied people can be effective models don't know Jillian Mercado. Found this awesome piece from Vogue about the brilliant young model who suffered spastic muscular dystrophy as a child. It's called Jillian Mercado Wants to Change the Fashion Industry - Here's How She's Going to Do It.

      In this interview, the wheelchair-bound model gives us her two cents in how the fashion industry should look like. Here's a thought-provoking excerpt:

      Working with IMG, my goal is to make it so that I am not the model in the wheelchair and I’m ...

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    15. Communication Disabilities Need to be Focused on As Well As Other Forms

      Communication Disabilities Need to be Focused on As Well As Other Forms

      Thought we’d share this fascinating article from the Medical Life Sciences News. It’s titled Speech Pathology Australia Puts Spotlight on Hidden Disability Affecting One Million Australians.

      It offers some eye-opening perspectives. Here’s one one of them:

      According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 38% of people with a communication disability participate in the workforce compared to 80% of those without, and almost half of people with a communication disability report a limitation to self-care.

      People with communication disability are at a disadvantage when it comes to employment, education and independence.

      To find out more about these ideas ...

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    16. The Beautiful Benefits of Having Social Support Networks for Amputees in Port of Augusta

      The Beautiful Benefits of Having Social Support Networks for Amputees in Port of Augusta

      Have you read this noteworthy story from Transcontinental? It's called Support Network Invaluable for Amputees in Port of Augusta.

      It reports on this beautiful project from Limbs 4 Life. Here's a short excerpt to give you an idea of what they do:

      It helps prevent social isolation and also just to empower amputees and get them together so they can share advice because knowledge is power.

      They get together and they teach each other different tips and tricks and just to be able to chat to someone who can say they have actually been through it.

      Give the ...

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    17. Climate Change Activist and Person with Asperger's Puts Haters in Place

      Climate Change Activist and Person with Asperger's Puts Haters in Place

      Thought I'd give you an update on what's happening to Asperger's hero and environmental activist, Greta Thunberg in this article. It's a report by The Guardian's Alison Rourke.

      In it, she shares how the young activist responded to comments made about her condition. Here's one of the more poignant points that she made:

      When haters go after your looks and differences, it means they have nowhere left to go. And then you know you’re winning!

      For more context, take a look at the rest of this fascinating article...

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    18. New Financing Model for Independent-Living Capable Homes Launched

      New Financing Model for Independent-Living Capable Homes Launched

      Stumbled upon this noteworthy piece from ABC New and thought that we would share it. The report is called New Housing Model Aims to Give People with Disabilities A Chance at Homeownership, Semi-Independent Living.

      It shares this interesting new independent-living equipped home financing for people with disabilities. Here's a short excerpt:

      Under a shared-ownership model believed to be the first of its kind in Australia, the house, designed by Secure Housing Australia, will be co-owned by three people with a disability.

      For about $300,000, each person will get their own private bedroom, bathroom and courtyard, and a share ...

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    19. The Importance of Empowering Leadership in People with Disabilities

      The Importance of Empowering Leadership in People with Disabilities

      Stumbled upon this noteworthy piece from Arts Hub Australia and thought that we would share it. Gina Fairley titles it Leading for Change - Who's Leading Disability Arts?

      It offers us some really thoughy-provoking ideas. This one was particularly interesting:

      We are very bad at measuring disability statistics in this country for fear of offending people, and that comes back to a lack of disability pride in this country.

      Give the rest of this remarkable piece of writing a read for more information...

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    20. People with Autism Make for Great A.I. Pros

      People with Autism Make for Great A.I. Pros

      Came across this fascinating piece from HRM Asia and it really piqued my interest. It’s titled More AI Jobs Filled by People with Autism.

      It shares some intriguing points. Here’s one of them:

      Companies that have hired autistic workers say they are hyper-focused and highly analytical thinkers who are very proficient in technology. Workers with autism can work for long hours at repetitive tasks and not lose interest.

      If you want more, give the full article a quick read at the website linked below…

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    21. Greta Thunberg is an Inspiration for People with Autism Around the World

      Greta Thunberg is an Inspiration for People with Autism Around the World

      Here's a beautiful article from The Guardian on environmental activist Greta Thunberg. It's called Greta Thunberg Teaches Us About Autism as Much as Climate Change.

      In it, Ian Birrell shares some interesting points on how autism plays a role in the rise of the young activist. Here's a short but insightful excerpt:

      She admitted her passion was partly down to viewing the world in stark terms. The result of her simplistic approach, fuelled by her condition, is that she has presented this issue with more clarity and competence than almost any adult activist or politician in recent ...

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    22. Adelaide School Set Up Calm Spaces for Students with Autism

      Adelaide School Set Up Calm Spaces for Students with Autism

      Stumbled upon this interesting piece from Rhiannon Elston of SBS News. It's called Calm Spaces at this Adelaide School Are Improving the Lives of Students with Autism.

      It gives us some fascinating ideas. This one, we thought, was worth the share:

      Each calm space features low lighting and soft music, as well as tactile surfaces and special toys that help children as young as five focus on their immediate environment.

      Give the rest of this thought-provoking article a read for more information and context...

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    23. This New Pre-Fab Home Design is Going to Help a Lot of People with Disabilities

      This New Pre-Fab Home Design is Going to Help a Lot of People with Disabilities

      Here's an article that delivers some good news for people with disabilities. It's called New Portable Homes Billed as a Game-Changer for People with Disabilities.

      In it, SBS news reports on this new prefabricated home design. Here's a short description:

      It has wide doorways, a disability accessible bathroom, ceiling hoists in the bedroom,  voice-activated appliances and height-adjustable benches and sinks.

      To learn more about this thoughtful design, give the rest of the article a read...

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    24. Outdated Australian Policies Are Still Being Used to Discriminate Against Disabled Immigrants

      Outdated Australian Policies Are Still Being Used to Discriminate Against Disabled Immigrants

      Australia is still following an outdated policy on disabled immigrants. We learn about it from this interesting article from The Guardian. It's called Australia Tries to Block Disabled People from Coming Here - It's Part of Our Ugly History.

      It shares some intriguing insights still currently held by a lot of our politicians. This one's particularly thought-provoking:

      This system says that we, as Australians, can see no other role for disabled people than as cost burdens. We have no ability to contribute, economically or otherwise in this framework. We have no value, only a cost.

      Take a look ...

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