It was Bob Dylan who so eloquently said fifty-something years ago, ‘The times, they are a-changin’. History shows us societal change occurs during moments of revolution; when people stand up for what they believe in and challenge what’s always been accepted. Society today is going through remarkable change. Communities no longer tolerate what was considered ‘normal’ behaviours of the past – think the #MeToo movement, racial issues or marriage equality. ‘Allies’ are standing up...
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.