Disability stock photographs by Shutterstock

Disability stock photographs by Shutterstock

Shutterstock is a site that sells royalty-free stock photographs, and I have used their services in the past. They have disability stock photographs, and most of them are great. Here are a few samples.     And then I found the following disability stock photographs disturbing, inappropriate, unrealistic and disappointing. Some were stupid. And some I merely didn’t understand. The ‘Disabled student desperate and committing suicide’. Why was this a student? I found the photos disrespectful to people trying to…

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Adelaide Festival Theatre – a great place to be entertained, but doing a wee shouldn’t be this difficult

Adelaide Festival Theatre – a great place to be entertained, but doing a wee shouldn’t be this difficult

History Three months before the Sydney Opera House, Australia’s first multi-purpose arts centre, the Adelaide Festival Theatre opened in 1973. Over time the theatre was joined by the Playhouse and Space Theatre. In 2018 I attended the Rocky Horror picture show, George Michael – listen to your heart (ASO), The great war, Berstein on stage (ASO), All you need is love (ASO), Provenance with Vince Jones, Wizard of Oz, The Studio: 54 reasons to party (ASO), Zepp Boys (ASO), Symphony of…

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Forgiving Cedar College. Part 7 of 7. Recommendation, My Feelings, Anger, Forgiveness and the Future.

Forgiving Cedar College. Part 7 of 7. Recommendation, My Feelings, Anger, Forgiveness and the Future.

This blog is part of a series of seven blogs. Please click here to commence reading at the first blog. Recommending Cedar College. My cousin asked for my opinion of whether Cedar College would be suitable for her son. I had no hesitation in recommending the school, and mentioned ‘but watch out for the trees’! Given the school has grown from 34 to over 800 students in just over 20 years, is a sign that the school is regarded as…

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Forgiving Cedar College. Part 6 of 7. Relationship issues, Public Liability lawsuit and Graduation.

Forgiving Cedar College. Part 6 of 7. Relationship issues, Public Liability lawsuit and Graduation.

This blog is part of a series of seven blogs. Please click here to commence reading at the first blog. Relationship Issues. This blog is not covering the details relating to the separation and divorce from my wife. However, the relationship issues are a direct result of the accident, although everyone is personally responsible for the decisions they make. I often quote ‘Bad things happen. What matters is how you respond’. In the 13 months between the accident and the…

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Forgiving Cedar College. Part 5 of 7. SafeWork SA prosecution B.

Forgiving Cedar College. Part 5 of 7. SafeWork SA prosecution B.

This blog is part of a series of seven blogs. Please click here to commence reading at the first blog. Safework SA hearings continue. Once again, excessive pain prevented my attendance at the hearings. The school attempted to cry poor, as it had $4,000,000 in debt. However, the judge determined that the school was in a sound financial position and could afford to pay a fine.  The reporter wrote, ‘Faced with a hefty workplace safety fine, Baptist school Cedar College pleaded both…

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Forgiving Cedar College. Part 4 of 7. SafeWork SA prosecution A.

Forgiving Cedar College. Part 4 of 7. SafeWork SA prosecution A.

This blog is part of a series of seven blogs. Please click here to commence reading at the first blog. Safework SA prosecution. Safework SA is the government body required to investigate accidents that occur at workplaces. If necessary they prosecute the employer at the Industrial Relations Court. The workplace and employer were Cedar College. The Safework SA investigator asked my family to write victim impact statements, and they included… John ‘When I think of these consequences on my wife…

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Forgiving Cedar College. Part 3 of 7. Truth, Lies, Broken promises and Mr Angry and Cynical

Forgiving Cedar College. Part 3 of 7. Truth, Lies, Broken promises and Mr Angry and Cynical

This blog is part of a series of seven blogs. Please click here to commence reading at the first blog. Tree 21. I received two arborist reports from my lawyers, and my understanding is that Cedar College provided these reports soon after the accident. The school received the first report during April 2005 from Arbortech Tree Services Pty Ltd, which suggested the tree was in good health. However, the structure was poor, and high priority was placed on pruning at…

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Spinal Cord Injury Cedar College Northgate – forgiveness – no visits (part2)

Spinal Cord Injury Cedar College Northgate – forgiveness – no visits (part2)

First night in the hospital with a spinal cord injury. (This blog is part of a series of seven blogs. Please click here to commence reading at the first blog.) I had a conversation with Wendy, a church minister in the Salvation Army. I’ve known her for 25 years.   I was confused, as her children were never enrolled at Cedar College, yet Wendy was attending the sports day. She explained that we were at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and I had…

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Cedar College Northgate – forgiveness – sports day and tree (part1)

Cedar College Northgate – forgiveness – sports day and tree (part1)

Introduction. Nine years ago today a tree fell on me at Cedar College Northgate. I refer to the incident as ‘my 0911’, as it occurred on September 11, 2009. My upcoming memoir will take this name, and I have registered the domain name my0911.com. Initially, this blog wasn’t about forgiveness. However, an experience a few weeks ago changed my mind, and I will share this is part seven. The seven blogs contain details of the accident and the effect it had on…

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Asking the Human Rights Commission to help with accessibility problems

Asking the Human Rights Commission to help with accessibility problems

Introduction. As I use a wheelchair, I often experience access issues, such as not being able to enter a business. If I believe access is essential for wheelchair users, I contact the person who owns or manages the business, share the issue and ask for a solution. This process is known as ‘advocacy’, and a definition could be ‘The process of supporting an individual to be heard’. The individual is not only me but other people with limited mobility. I…

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