Botanic Park accessibility issues while at the Bon Jovi Concert in Adelaide

Botanic Park accessibility issues while at the Bon Jovi Concert in Adelaide

Success with accessible seating tickets via Ticketek I wasn’t a fan of Bon Jovi, because Jon Bon Jovi was too sexy, and made other males look bad. But I did enjoy listening to their music and jumped at the opportunity to see them in concert. It was scheduled to occur on Tuesday 4th December 2018, in Botanic Park. This area is adjacent to the Adelaide Botanical Gardens and the Adelaide Zoo. As this was my first concert in Botanic Park, I was…

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SCI bowel management – my 2.5 hours down the toilet

SCI bowel management – my 2.5 hours down the toilet

SCI Bowel Management – Introduction One of the goals of the WheelchairJohn Blog is to share an honest account of living with a disability. Although I am happy with life, there are things that I need to do, which I dislike. One of the worst is the 2.5 hours in the mornings. The time is devoted to my SCI Bowel Management. My Spinal Cord Injury requires I spend a long time sitting on the toilet, showering, drying and getting dressed in…

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Joni Eareckson Tada, your SCI is NOT a test by God

Joni Eareckson Tada, your SCI is NOT a test by God

Joni Eareckson Tada – the accident At the age of 18, Joni Eareckson Tada dove into Chesapeake Bay in the USA. She fractured the fourth and fifth cervical levels of her spine. Joni acquired an SCI (Spinal Cord Injury) and was paralysed from the shoulders down. The damage to my spine occurred at chest level, and I have full use of my shoulders, arms and fingers. I cannot imagine what it would be like to receive a higher level injury and be dependant…

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The Lucky Country – why do so many Australians complain?

The Lucky Country – why do so many Australians complain?

The Lucky Country Is a book by Donald Horne and many people called Australia ‘the lucky country’. Although the term is now meant to be a favourable comment, the original context in the book was a negative statement. Horne’s book title is found in the last chapter: “Australia is a lucky country run mainly by second rate people who share its luck. It lives on other people’s ideas, and, although its ordinary people are adaptable, most of its leaders (in…

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Court Accessibility at the Sir Samuel Way Building

Court Accessibility at the Sir Samuel Way Building

Court Accessibility restroom issue During October 2018 I attended a court appeared in the Sir Samuel Way building. My goal on the day was to provide support to a family. It didn’t take long to notice court accessibility issues in the building. After attempting to locate an accessible restroom on the third floor, I headed to the ground floor. No luck there and was directed to the first floor. Later I noticed signs advising the location of the accessible toilets….

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Weeks & Macklin Real Estate – my bad experience with Bjorn Kunzel

Weeks & Macklin Real Estate – my bad experience with Bjorn Kunzel

Weeks & Macklin Real Estate sign I noticed a new commercial advertising sign placed at the entrance of the housing estate where I live. The size of the face caught my attention, and it was the only sign located in this residential area. Given the zoning is residential, I didn’t think that a commercial sign should be positioned there. This post doesn’t relate directly to living with a disability as a Christian, but it could act as an example of advocacy….

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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 Centre Accessibility – using restrooms should be easy

Adelaide Festival Centre Accessibility – using restrooms should be easy

History of the Adelaide Festival Centre The focus of this blog is Adelaide Festival Centre accessibility, however, a short history of the centre is a good start. 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, and collectively, they are known as the Adelaide Festival Centre. In 2018 I attended the Rocky Horror picture show, George Michael – listen…

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Forgiveness towards Cedar College and the future (part 7)

Forgiveness towards Cedar College and the future (part 7)

Recommending Cedar College before forgiveness. (This blog is part of a series of seven blogs. Please click here to commence reading at the first blog.) My cousin asked for my opinion of whether Cedar College would be suitable for her son. Although I hadn’t progressed towards forgiveness for the school, I had no hesitation in recommending the school.  I added ‘but watch out for the trees’! Given the school has grown from 34 to over 800 students in just over…

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Cedar College and my relationship issues & Public Liability lawsuit (part6)

Cedar College and my relationship issues & Public Liability lawsuit (part6)

Relationship Issues are the next problem. (This blog is part of a series of seven blogs. Please click here to commence reading at the first blog.) 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 at Cedar College  , although everyone is personally responsible for the decisions they make. I often quote ‘Bad things happen. What matters is how you respond’. In…

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