All Abilities Inclusion

All Abilities Inclusion

Towards an all abilities Queensland

"I want to be accepted for who I am"

The Queensland Government has developed a new state disability plan for an all abilities Queensland – All Abilities Queensland: opportunities for all. The plan which was developed through consultation with the community, will help build a society which enables people with disability to fulfil their potential as equal citizens and live the life they choose.

The consultation paper Towards an all abilities Queensland outlined a proposed vision and priority areas for the new disability plan – with Queenslanders with disability, their families and carers at the centre.

The Disability Inclusion Fact Sheet provides the outdoor recreation industry with introductory practical information to increase offerings for people with a disability.

Relevant Information

Persons with Disability and Sport

Persons with Disability and Sport

People with a disability should receive the same physical, mental, and social benefits from participating in sport and physical activity as those not having a disability. Under law, Australians of all abilities should have access to sport and physical activity opportunities.

Persons with a disability include individuals with physical, sensory, intellectual, psychiatric, and/or other health related disabilities.

Key Messages

  1. Disability should not exclude someone from participation in appropriate sports and physical activity.
  2. Organisations dedicated to policy, advocacy and program delivery to persons with disability have an established role within the sport sector.
  3. Stakeholder organisations use needs-based and inclusive strategies to engage persons with disability, encouraging them to be physically active.

Clearinghouse for Sport

National Disability Insurance Scheme

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of providing individualised support for eligible people with permanent and significant disability, their families and carers. The NDIS is the insurance that gives us all peace of mind. Disability could affect anyone – having the right support makes a big difference.

What is the NDIS?

NDIS in Queensland

NDIS for Providers

Disability Action Week

Disability Action Week

Disability Action Week is held annually in September with the aim of empowering people with disability, raising awareness of disability issues, and improving access and inclusion throughout the wider community.

Queensland Government Resources

We're The Superhumans

Universal Design

Developing inclusive camp programs

A Universal Design approach to developing inclusive camp programs

Presentation by Maree Feutrill, YMCA Camp Manyung at the Kids Outdoors 2030 conference, 2015

This workshop will introduce delegates to the Principles of Universal Design and their integration to camp program. The purpose of this approach is to enable all people, regardless of age or ability, to participate equally in the camp experience.

YMCA Victoria, in partnership with the Victorian State Government, are currently using a process to apply universal design principles and philosophy to design of camp programs, adventure activities, camp facilities and flexible teaching methods to create an inclusive camp environment.

Various case studies of universally designed camp activities will be used to illustrate how adventure activities can be accomplished in multiple ways to meet the needs of a broad range of campers with different abilities.

Integrating the Principles into Camp ActivitiesThe Centre for Excellence in Universal Design

The Centre for Excellence in Universal Design

The Centre for Excellence in Universal Design is dedicated to enabling the design of environments that can be accessed, understood and used regardless of age, size and ability.

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Accessible Trails

“The beauty of hiking is that it is for all abilities. There isn’t a person with a disability that we couldn’t take out on a hike”

Paraplegic reaches Everest Base Camp

Paraplegic reaches Everest Base Camp

An Australian paraplegic who lost the use of his legs as a teenager has climbed to Everest Base Camp in Nepal, using mostly his hands, and the occasional piggyback ride from a friend.

Everest Base Camp can only be reached by foot or helicopter, and the trek usually takes between nine to 12 days to complete.

Scott Doolan, 28, managed to do it in 10 days, becoming the first paraplegic to complete the feat with minimal assistance.

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A car accident seven years ago stripped professional Hong Kong rock climber Lai Chi-wai of his ability to walk, but this did not stop him climbing up a mountain that is roughly the height of New York’s Empire State Building.

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Adaptive Surfing Team at Worlds

The ACCnet21 Australian Adaptive Surfing Team have jetted out to California, setting their sights on medals at the 2017 Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship set to be held at La Jolla for the third year running.

How Cycling is Helping Veterans Find Peace at Home

How Cycling is Helping Veterans Find Peace at Home

For many members of our armed forces, returning home signifies the beginning of a different type of battle.

The laser focus that allows you to keep your tires tracking on the trail’s narrow tread. The playful challenge of picking your way through the rocks strewn on the trail. The hooting and hollering of buddies behind you. The sounds of nothing but nature. Hurtling downhill or huffing up. Most of the time, there’s something about a bike ride that feels healing, rejuvenating, calming, therapeutic. Rarely do we return home feeling worse than when we left.

That bike-joy is now being harnessed by some U.S. war veteran support groups. For some vets, the ride is what gets them to leave the house in the first place—and then allows them to put away the bike and carry on afterward.

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Inaugural Adaptive MTB Camp

Inaugural Adaptive MTB Camp

Mountain Bike Australia is proud to have been involved in the delivery of Australia’s first adaptive mountain bike camp in Western Australia earlier this month.
The brainchild of Break the Boundary which is spearheaded by Andrew Liddawi, the camp took many months of planning, sourcing funding and working through specific venue requirements and logistical challenges.
A Better World for Disabilities

A Better World for Disabilities

A better world for wheelers and people with disabilities – Google Maps’ call to arms

Google’s Map and Local Guides team have taken to their blog overnight calling on people with disabilities and their family, carers and friends or even the general public to help add information relating to accessibility about venues, places of interest and transport stops and interchanges

I'm not your inspiration

I’m not your inspiration, thank you very much

Stella Young

Some choice quotes:

I was teaching in a Melbourne high school, and I was about 20 minutes into a year 11 legal studies class when this boy put up his hand and said, “Hey miss, when are you going to start doing your speech?” And I said, “What speech?” You know, I’d been talking them about defamation law for a good 20 minutes. And he said, “You know, like, your motivational speaking. You know, when people in wheelchairs come to school, they usually say, like, inspirational stuff?” (Laughter) “It’s usually in the big hall.” And that’s when it dawned on me: This kid had only ever experienced disabled people as objects of inspiration.

You might have seen the little girl with no hands, drawing a picture with a pencil held in her mouth. You might have seen a child running on carbon-fiber prosthetic legs. And these images, there are lots of them out there, they are what we call “inspiration porn.” And I use the term porn deliberately, because they objectify one group of people for the benefit of another group of people. So in this case, we’re objectifying disabled people for the benefit of nondisabled people. The purpose of these images is to inspire you, to motivate you, so that we can look at them and think, “Well, however bad my life is, it could be worse. I could be that person.”

And that quote, “The only disability in life is a bad attitude,” the reason that that’s bullshit is because it’s just not true. No amount of smiling at a flight of stairs has ever made it turn into a ramp. Never.

Stella Young died unexpectedly on December 6, 2014. She was 32.
She wished to be no one’s inspiration!

Australian Adaptive Surfing

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The inaugural nudie Australia Adaptive Surfing Titles have been run and won in fun waves at Cabarita on the far north coast of New South Wales.

Outdoor Play Options for Kids with Disabilities

Miracle on the Mountain Play Outside Park to provide environment for kids with disabilities


Outdoor play is an essential part of childhood, providing time and space for kids to imagine, climb, run, socialize and explore in the great outdoors. But for many children with disabilities, outdoor play is often enjoyed from the sidelines. However, a new park on the South Cumberland Plateau (Tennessee) is making outdoor fun available to children of all abilities.


parkrun is for everyone! 

parkrun is for everyone!


In November last year we had our first wheelchair participant, Zac Schumacher, who provided us with feedback about the course from his perspective and all that was required was a change of position for the finish chute. From that day we now run the finish chute parallel to the pathway allowing runners to finish on the grass (for ease of knowing who is a parkrunner) and the wheelchairs and prams to finish on the path.


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… and who knows what you might achieve?

The Blind Mountaineer Who Conquered Everest

The Blind Mountaineer Who Conquered Everest

On May 25, 2001, Erik Weihenmayer became the first blind person to reach the summit of Mt. Everest.

In 2008 he climbed Carstensz Pyramid on the island of Papua New Guinea, completing the Seven Summits, the highest point on every continent.  This accomplishment closed the circuit on a 13-year journey that had begun with his 1995 ascent of Denali. He is joined by a select company of only 150 mountaineers to have accomplished the feat.


A Life Changer

A Life Changer

For Hank, who has a spinal injury, being able to take part in mountain bike racing saved his life.

“I was ex-army, I was going downhill self-medicating with alcohol and medication and got to the point where I said, I gotta do something about this.”

“It’s taken me 20 years. 1993 is when I went into this chair. People were saying there’s not much you can do. Well I’m doing it.”

Brisbane amputee swims English Channel

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Brisbane amputee Michael Powell has completed one of the world’s most gruelling physical challenges by swimming the English Channel.

Mr Powell, 55, lost part of his left leg in a tractor accident when he was four, but two years ago made the decision to take on the 32-kilometre swim between England and France to raise money for charity Foodbank Queensland, and has so far collected more than $13,000

Mr Powell, the sixth amputee to swim the English Channel, completed the swim in 15 hours and 25 minutes, landing at Wissant in France.

Skydive accident survivor rediscovers passion for life

Skydive accident survivor rediscovers passion for life


A far north Queensland man whose passion for adventure landed him in a wheelchair is training for one of the toughest open water swims in Queensland.

Jonas Lutke, 28, became a partial quadriplegic following a mid-air skydiving accident over Goondiwindi, southern Queensland, in 2014.

“I had a big jump in the middle of the day with 10 people and basically I got caught off guard and my friend and I got entangled in the sky,” Mr Lutke said.

The sky-diving instructor said he was freefalling at around 200 kilometres per hour when they collided.

“Once I got hit I knew something wasn’t right, my whole body just went numb,” he said.

First quadruple-amputee climbs Kilimanjaro

First quadruple-amputee climbs Kilimanjaro



In 2012, Kyle became the first quadruple amputee to climb – actually bearcrawl – the 19,340 feet to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro without the aid of prosthetics. His 10-day ascent was widely covered by the press, followed on social media, and raised money and awareness for wounded veterans as well as Tanzanian schoolchildren. Upon his return, Kyle won his second ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) award for Best Male Athlete with a Disability.

Queensland's first quadriplegic medical intern

Dinesh Palipana becomes Queensland’s first quadriplegic medical intern

A Queensland medical graduate who was left quadriplegic after a car accident says being offered a place as an intern at the Gold Coast University Hospital is “incredible and surreal”.

Dr Palipana said he wanted to encourage other people with disabilities to follow their dreams.

“Just because you have a physical impairment doesn’t mean things are cut off so I hope we’ve shown what is possible.”

Vision-impaired skier Debbie King finds a way to hit the slopes of Mount Buller

Vision-impaired skier Debbie King finds a way to hit the slopes of Mount Buller


Seasoned skier Debbie King grew up on the slopes of Victoria’s Mount Buller and thought she might have to give up the sport she loved when she suddenly lost her vision overnight.

In 2008, Debbie was diagnosed with Optic Nerve Head Drusen and lost her peripheral vision, leaving her with just 15 per cent of her total sight.

A few years later, Debbie returned to the slopes but found it difficult to negotiate the crowds.

“When I lost my vision I’d been attempting to ski at Mount Buller and it was just becoming far too dangerous,” Ms King said.

People weren’t aware that I couldn’t see them and there were a few close calls.

Paul Pritchard climbs Tasmania's Totem Pole 18 years after it nearly killed him

Paul Pritchard climbs Tasmania’s Totem Pole 18 years after it nearly killed him


Paul Pritchard nearly died trying to climb the Totem Pole in 1998.

Eighteen years later, he has returned and successfully conquered the slender sea stack on Tasmania’s east coast.

Mr Pritchard was one of Britain’s leading climbers in the 1980s and ’90s, travelling the world to scale new heights.

“One of the reasons I climbed in the past was to do new climbs,” he told Firas Massouh on 936 ABC Hobart.

“To go where no-one else has ever been.”

Mr Pritchard said he saw a magazine article in the late 1990s about Steve Monks, the first man to conquer the Totem Pole.

“I thought, ‘My gosh, that just is amazing. I’ve got to do it’,” he said.

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Everest: Mark Inglis

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