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The Marvel Cinematic Universe: a Fight Against Ableism

October 10, 2018 Living with a Disability

Pop-culture blockbusters are challenging prejudices such as ableism and racism by reshaping society’s perception of post-humanism. Ableism (sometime spelt ablism) refers to discrimination in favour of ‘able-bodied’ people and is at the root of a lot of the prejudice and stigma around disability. Ableism makes an assumption about what is normal, superior, and ultimately what it […]

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Get Your Ribbon On: National Amputee Awareness Week

October 3, 2018 Living with a Disability

Wear a green ribbon in support of Australian amputees and people with limb loss this week, from October 4 – 11th. Limbs 4 Life is a charity organisation dedicated to empowering amputees. Limbs 4 Life have been sending out green ribbons so people all around Australia can embrace National Amputee Awareness Week together. According to […]

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How an Implanted Device Could Help Paraplegic Patients Walk Again

September 26, 2018 Living with a Disability

Paraplegic patients have learned to walk again after researchers implanted an electrical patch to stimulate their spinal cords. The new technology combined with months of intense rehabilitation therapy has allowed a small group of paraplegic patients in the United States to defy doctors who said they would never walk again. Two separate teams of scientists […]

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Benefits of Family Counselling

September 3, 2018 Counselling

Our family affects who we are, how we interact with others, our vocabulary, habits, our world view, who we are and who we become, for better or for worse. If you’re born into a family that struggles to maintain health relationships, it’s more likely that you’ll struggle to connect with other people. If you’re family […]

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Benefits of Volunteering

August 17, 2018 Volunteering

This week (13th-19th August), we are celebrating National Student Volunteer Week! NSVW aspires to challenge and celebrate young people who are striving to make change through volunteering. We want to shine a light on all volunteers and give you a better understanding of the benefits volunteering can provide. Download the NSVW Flyer to learn more. […]

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Self-Managing Your NDIS Plan

We’ve previously discussed what exactly the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is, and have shared stories of participants of the NDIS. We’re big believers of being resourceful and helpful to people using our services and those wanting to know more. The video below explains how to self-manage your NDIS plan, and provides helpful tips and […]

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Google Glass Helps Children with Autism Develop Social Skills

August 8, 2018 Living with a Disability

Findings from a new study suggest that technology developed by Google can improve the social skills in children with Autism, unlocking social abilities and lessening the severity of the symptoms. The study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine paired a smartphone app with Google Glass to help kids with Autism understand emotions […]

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NDIS: Rohan’s Story

July 11, 2018 Living with a Disability

NDIS Participant Rohan talks about his experience with Asperger’s, and the power of goals and dreams – at any age. My name is Rohan and I am 10 years old. I have Asperger’s, which is a type of autism. Having autism has affected my life in lots of ways, both positive and negative. Before I […]

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What is the NDIS?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (also called the NDIS) is the new way of providing disability support in Australia. This is a helpful video released by the National Disability Insurance Scheme to explain exactly what it is. It breaks down the complicatedness of the scheme and explains it in an easy to understand format. We hope the […]

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Disability Inclusion in the Media

An important part of raising awareness and acceptance for people with disabilities is making their stories part of popular culture. Doing this will encourage society to move towards disability inclusion. Here, we take a look at television shows or movies that have successfully made the move towards disability inclusion. American sitcom Speechless, following the experiences […]

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Microsoft Technology for Gamers with Disabilities

We’ve talked about technology that can assist you in your home, but what about entertainment? If you’re living with a disability, you may need personalised technology solutions to suit your individual needs. At the moment, the options are limited, expensive and hard to find. This is about to change. Microsoft have announced the Xbox Adaptive […]

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Newcastle City Council’s Disability Inclusion Action Plan Explained

Newcastle City Council (NCC) is striving towards Newcastle becoming an accessible and inclusive society for all members of the community. Newcastle City Council’s Disability Inclusion Action Plan is a four year framework (2016-2019) outlining the key strategies and action areas to be delivered by Council in its commitment to disability access and inclusion in Newcastle. […]

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Technology That Can Assist You in Your Home

An incredible array of innovative technology is available to help you remain independent and safe in your home.  The smart technology gives older people more confidence in their ability to live alone, and it’s helping many families avoid or delay the heart-wrenching decision to move an aging parent from his or her home to a […]

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Creating meaning and well-being through art

April 23, 2018 Aged Care, Disability Care

With an extensive background in leading well-known organisations, the CEO of Maroba, has devoted herself to caring for people in need her entire career. We asked Viv Allanson to say a few words in regards to the Bright Stars Arts program that ConnectAbility have implemented into Maroba.   It’s wonderful be here to talk about […]

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The Benefits of Mixing Aged Care with Child Care

April 10, 2018 Aged Care, Child Care

  As a kid, coming home from visiting your grandparents meant that you had just been spoilt with food, attention and love. The elderly cherish spending quality time with children, and the bond between the two vulnerable groups could be more beneficial than we realise. We live in a society where care of the young […]

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How the NDIS Is Demolishing Disability Employment Barriers

April 5, 2018 Disability Care

Being employed in a fulfilling job has psychological benefits that translate to physical, social and economic benefits. Not only does work improve health outcomes, it promotes participation in society, independence and financial stability. It allows an individual to feel that they are valued and can contribute to society. Work is important on many levels and […]

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