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Month: September 2017

Esther Simbi – disability doesn’t equate to inability – speech video and text

Esther Simbi – disability doesn’t equate to inability – speech video and text

Esther Simbi and her speech Madie and I attended the “Wild Night in Australia” at Prospect Town Hall on the 30th of September 2017. It was a multicultural music and art night organised by the Divine Orchestra Music Ministry on the last Saturday of September each year. Our friend, Esther Simbi, gave a speech titled ‘Disability doesn’t equate to inability’. The goal of the night is to create cultural awareness and competence in Australians and to allow migrants and Australians to blend…

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Cedar College tree accident – reflections on the 8th anniversary

Cedar College tree accident – reflections on the 8th anniversary

Cedar College tree accident It is not what happens to you. It is how you respond, and how others respond. On 11 September 2009, I supported my children, Jasmine and Ben, at their sports day in Northgate. A Cedar College tree fell on me, and I recall little of the next few weeks. My spinal cord was severed at the T3/T4 level (chest). There were many broken and fractured bones, and a bruised heart. The damage to the heart was…

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Ticketek Accessible Needs Hotline – 200 phone calls and still no tickets

Ticketek Accessible Needs Hotline – 200 phone calls and still no tickets

Ticketek Accessible Needs Hotline introduction When I last checked the year, it was 2017, and the internet is mature and widely used. Fans use the internet to book seats for concerts and other big events. The exception is people with accessible needs, such as those in wheelchairs. My disability doesn’t prevent this from happening, the internet sites are the ones which are not fully functional. As an example, Ticketek does not allow me to book seats online for wheelchair seating.  Neither…

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