For those unaware, the Australian Government announced earlier this
year there would be a Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. This is better known as the ‘Disability Royal Commission’
Today, I want to share a story with you. I share it not for you to feel bad or demand apologies, but to educate and help raise awareness because, unfortunately, the following is an all too common occurrence for people living with a disability. It starts with a family holiday. My wife, son and I were heading overseas for our first holiday in what felt like forever. Having recently started my own business, 30 Foot Drop, life had been hectic to say the least and I’d spend far more time away from...
As a proud Australian and lover of sports, I was thrilled to cheer two of our athletes to their maiden French Open titles recently – Women’s Singles Champion, Ashleigh Barty and Men’s Wheelchair Quad Singles & Doubles Champion, Dylan Alcott OAM.
FACT: Suicide is the biggest killer of young Australians, accounting for the deaths of more young people than car accidents.
FACT: One in four young Australians currently has a mental health condition.
FACT: Half of all lifetime cases of mental health disorders start by age 14 years.
One of the biggest issues people with disabilities face is accessibility. Currently, there is no overarching
regulator or code of practice to ensure accessibility is enacted; rather, it is down to individuals and/or
organisations to do the ‘right thing’ – and unfortunately, when not consulted, the ‘right thing’ can often
lead to access Russian roulette.
A chance Facebook encounter has led City of Busselton Councillor Ross Paine becoming a better human after he attended a 2 Wise Monkeys Access in Practice workshop in Busselton recently. Ross saw a Facebook post advertising the workshop and thought it would be something he would be interested in. As an active cyclist, Ross has a passion for ensuring safe access infrastructure is available for everyone. “Obviously I’m on the council so I have a vested interest in community infrastructure, but...
I had the honor of addressing the attendees of the ANZAC day service at the Capel RSL on the subject 'What does ANZAC Day mean to me?' This was an interesting speech to create and it ended up completely different to how I originally imagined but this is what I said: What does ANZAC day mean to me? When Duncan, the president of the Capel RSL asked if I could talk today I thought it would be easy. I am a young veteran, I deployed to East Timor with 2RAR in 2006 and served until a series of...