Accessible Ten Pin Bowling

Accessible Ten Pin Bowling

Introduction to accessible ten pin bowling I received an invitation to attend an accessible ten pin bowling game at Zone Bowling, Woodville SA. As our group consists of people using wheelchairs, the organiser, does his job well to ensure safety and accessibility at locations. However, the onus is on the organisations providing services to the public to ensure safety and accessibility that adheres to the Disability Discrimination Act. The DDA makes it illegal for providers of services to discriminate against…

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Literary agent scam

Literary agent scam

Introduction to the literary agent scam A senior literary agent, Steven Fisher from Silver Literary Agency in Nevada, USA, contacted me with an exciting business deal. I previously self-published the book The Eighteen Point Five in 2020, and he had been contacted by Harper Collins USA, and they were interested in publishing the book with an upfront commission of between $50,000 and $80,000. I had no thoughts of being a victim of a literary agent scam. How exciting! The book…

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HIA Specialised Housing

HIA Specialised Housing

Introduction to the blog HIA specialised housing This blog shares a journey that started with an accident, causing a disability, and the need to live in an accessible home. Minor changes were made to my current home at Gilles Plains to allow me to leave rehab in 2011, but I wanted a home that was more accessible, entertaining, safe, secure with the ability to swim. Although I had a vision, it didn’t include the finished home as a finalist in…

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Building furniture from a wheelchair

Building furniture from a wheelchair

Introduction to building furniture from a wheelchair Building furniture from a wheelchair is difficult and challenging, but it can be done. Due to the spreading of the Delta variant of Covid, South Australia commenced a seven-day lockdown commencing at 6 pm on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. It was a good time to construct an Artiss Media Storage Bookcase. The unit will be used to store over 400 blu ray movies in my office, and allow movies to be played in…

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Catheter Failure

Catheter Failure

Introduction to my catheter failure I had a catheter failure and had to come up with creative solutions to allow me to keep urinating safely and cleanly as a paraplegic. I urinate into a bag, attached to my leg, due to an accident in 2009. I acquired a spinal cord injury (SCI) and click here to read about the accident. One of the difficulties with paraplegia involves urinating, and one solution is to have a suprapubic catheter. I had an…

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Sefton Plaza Accessibility

Sefton Plaza Accessibility

Sefton Plaza Accessibility – Intro One of the two shopping centres near my home is the Sefton Plaza Shopping Centre. It takes me four minutes via my powered wheelchair to travel the 750 metres. This blog is all about Sefton Plaza accessibility in a wheelchair. The goal is to contact shopping centre management, share the accessibility issues and the access will improve over time. I regularly visit Target, Foodland, Best & Less, the Jam & Savoury Bakehouse and Barnacle Bills….

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Freezing carrots for cooking

Freezing carrots for cooking

Freezing carrots for cooking Freezing carrots for cooking is simple. I use wheelchairs to get around and this blog shares how I froze my carrots for the purpose of using them for cooking (within the next 12 months). The first step is to grow them, and this blog doesn’t cover this step. However, the carrots were grown from seed in a raised garden bed in my backyard. Step 1 of freezing carrots for cooking – Prepare the carrots Wash carrots…

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Having a disability involves creative solutions

Having a disability involves creative solutions

Introduction I acquired a disability over eleven years ago, and regularly place myself into challenging situations. A few times I required rescuing, such as when I pushed my four-wheel-drive wheelchair too far. After being stuck in the mud, a vehicle attached a rope to my chair and pulled me out. At other times, I need creative solutions to resolve problems associated with having a disability. Today was my toileting and showering day, and the process after the shower involves transfer…

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Alive and not Kicking (a sample from my memoir)

Alive and not Kicking (a sample from my memoir)

‘Alive and not Kicking’ memoir ‘Alive and not kicking’ is the name I choose for my memoir and shares my life from September 11, 2009. The ‘not kicking’ part of the book name is an attempt at humour, and laughing is vital when living with a disability. The ‘alive’ part celebrates the medical professionals’ efforts in SA Health and other people, including family and friends. Eighteen Point Five will publish the memoir on September 11, 2021, the twelfth anniversary of…

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Carers, Cats, Care plans and Commonsense (or lack thereof)

Carers, Cats, Care plans and Commonsense (or lack thereof)

Introduction I acquired a disability in 2009, and live with paraplegia, chronic pain, apnea, narcolepsy and tuna casserole allergy*. I have personal carers visit my home each night from 8:15 pm for around 90 minutes. They do tasks such as washing clothes, preparing my breakfast and tucking me into bed. Relatively simple and straight forward work as my needs is simple. Carers with commonsense are vital. (* I hate tuna casserole and hopefully it won’t be offered to me if…

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