24. October 2021
Double Standards: Why do we ignore disability discrimination? Picture this: a renowned builder wins a big contract to construct a new shopping centre – the jewel of the local council’s vision for the future. The development is the talk of the town – locals are excited because it will be more than just a shopping destination, but an entertainment complex with restaurants, bars and cinemas. A huge opening event is planned with all the bells and whistles. Hundreds of people attend, including...
11. October 2021
The Art of Simulation (Activities) It was the famous writer Oscar Wilde who said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. While imitation is mostly complimentary, sometimes it’s not always the case as things can easily get lost in translation. I’m sure you’ve all been exposed to an educational tool called Simulation Activities. A form of experiential learning, these are instructional scenarios where people are placed in a situation defined by the presenter that allows them...

20. September 2021
It makes us feel worthy. It makes us feel loved. Our third and final instalment, what better way to wrap up our Tokyo 2020 coverage with a homage to the great man and three-time Paralympic Gold medalist, D. Alcott. Part 3: My man, Dyl Those who are regular readers will be very familiar of my bromance with Dylan Alcott. An incredible athlete, Dylan boasts Olympic Gold in TWO sports and more tennis grand slam trophies than I can count. But it’s his feats away from the sporting world that has...
20. September 2021
And the winner is... The second instalment of our post-Tokyo coverage, we’re awarding gold to the Seven Network and encouraging our dear readers to get out and try a little Murderball (if you dare...). Part 2: TV Gold For the first time in Australian history, the Paralympic Games were shown on the same network as the Summer Olympics. And not only that, but in prime time. Previously, the Seven Network would host the Olympics and then – two weeks later – the ABC would broadcast the...

08. September 2021
The 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games have come to a close and it’s fair to say the 16th instalment was the best yet! There were world records, amazing feats of athleticism and even a post-match proposal. But putting aside the inspirational stories and incredible role models on display, I found myself reflecting on some key takeaways... Today’s blog will be the first in a three-part series on the Paralympic Games; stay tuned for the others being uploaded soon... Part 1: Para = Parallel...
17. August 2021
You often hear the expression that people are like venn diagrams; they’re made up of lots of different aspects that – at the centre crossroads – explains the whole picture. But what if I told you that people are not venn diagrams at all, but Rubik’s cubes... Invented in the late 1970s by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Ernő Rubik, the Rubik’s cube has captured imaginations for more than 40 years. That small six-sided coloured puzzle has a cult following, resulting in...

15. August 2021
I want to begin by saying this isn’t just another blog topic on COVID-19. Over the last 13-18 months it’s fair to say there’s definitely subject fatigue around coronavirus. But today’s blog focuses on the next phase of this global pandemic – the rollout of mass inoculation – and the impact it’s having on the community. Throughout our COVID days and its various instances of lockdown, Governments, businesses and generally people everywhere have been holding onto the hope of a...
24. June 2021
I’m not one to cry poor, but there’s a huge issue that I believe needs immediate attention. Not only for the sake of the system itself, but for the future of Australia’s disability sector. And it all starts with one simple classification... There’s no secret that a lot of organisations depend on Government funding to purely exist. This is especially true for those with philanthropic intentions – charities, Not for Profits (NFPs) and organisations who are looking to improve society as...

14. June 2021
I recently had an unpleasant experience online. It wasn’t my first – nor, unfortunately, do I think will it be the last. But it left me reflecting on our online behaviours and why social media can provide so much good while also harbouring so much bad. Social media is a tricky beast to navigate. You need to make sure whatever you post you can not only stand by, but also back up – whether that be with facts, statistics, or your own belief rhetoric. There are certain public identities who...
Turbocharging your opinions
07. June 2021
Have you ever been playing Uno and your opponent, with one card in their hand, sits smugly looking at your handful of cards thinking they’re going to win. But little do they know you’re armed with a Draw 4 card that’s going to bring them crashing down to earth? That’s the way I would describe data-based opinions. I’ve been to many presentations where the speaker is both engaging and interesting, but their presentations are based purely on opinion. While there is nothing wrong with...

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