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All Abilities Inclusion
Towards an all abilities Queensland
"I want to be accepted for who I am"
The Queensland Government is developing a new state disability plan for an all abilities Queensland. The plan will help build a society which enables people with disability to fulfil their potential as equal citizens and live the life they choose.
A consultation paper Towards an all abilities Queensland outlines a proposed vision and priority areas for a new disability plan – with Queenslanders with disability, their families and carers at the centre.
We're The Superhumans
The Disability Inclusion Fact Sheet provides the outdoor recreation industry with introductory practical information to increase offerings for people with a disability.
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.
- Disability should not exclude someone from participation in appropriate sports and physical activity.
- Organisations dedicated to policy, advocacy and program delivery to persons with disability have an established role within the sport sector.
- Stakeholder organisations use needs-based and inclusive strategies to engage persons with disability, encouraging them to be physically active.
Clearinghouse for Sport
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.
- Five Things you need to know about NDIS in Queensland
- Who can access the NDIS?
- Roll out of the NDIS in Queensland – introduction video
- Roll out of the NDIS in metropolitan Queensland – map
- Roll out of the NDIS in regional Queensland – map
- Where can I find more information?
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.
Outdoor Activities For People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
(American Blind Foundation)
36 Fun Summer Activities for Kids Who are Blind or Multiply Disabled
Outdoor Adaptations for Children Who Are Blind
(Our Everyday Life)
Games for Blind Boy Scouts & Cubs
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.
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.
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.
REI CO-OP Journal
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
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.
I’m not your inspiration, thank you very much
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!
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 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.
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.
The Paradox of Integration: Building a Panacea or Exacerbating a Partition?
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.
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.
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.”
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 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.
“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.
First-Ever Female Wheel Chair Backflip: Katherine Beattie
Everest: Mark Inglis
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