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Inform issue 24 – Autumn 2018

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In this issue of Inform, we celebrate achievements. We follow Independence Australia's residential client Peter as he looks back on some of the adventures he has had along the way of 50 years as a wheelchair user.

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Calendar What’s on April — May 2018 APRIL 7 April World Health Day MAY Prader-Willi Syndrome Awareness month 18 May Global Accessibility Awareness Day 25 May World MS Day 4 Independence Australia

Accessibility Weekend Accessibility Weekend Victoria’s accessible attractions open their doors for Accessibility Weekend. Independence Australia’s annual Accessibility Weekend welcomed over 25 accessible Victorian attractions across the weekend from 910 September. The event which ran as part of Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week saw over 100 Victorians with a physical disability head out and make the most of the extensive range of accessible attractions (both metropolitan and regional) which were offering free entry, for both themselves and a carer. Among the attractions that joined Accessibility Weekend for the first time in 2017 were: Casey Stadium, Endeavour Hills Leisure Centre, Scienceworks, Arthurs Seat Eagle and Aquarena Aquatic Centre. Venues that continued to uphold their proud tradition of Accessibility Weekend participation were: Sovereign Hill, Eureka Skydeck, Phillip Island Group, Melbourne Museum and Moonlit Sanctuary. This year’s event also included an opportunity for one lucky participant to win an accessible hot air balloon ride in Global Ballooning Australia’s Easy Access Basket. To enter the competition, applicants had to describe what accessibility meant to them through the use of images, photos or a short written piece. The prize was won by Karen, who sent in an entry compiled of images of herself enjoying life with friends. Overwhelmed at receiving the chance to soar high above the Yarra Valley, Karen and her friend were up at the crack of dawn on Sunday morning to take the trip of a lifetime. Following her balloon journey, Karen reported back to Independence Australia on Monday morning, posting on Facebook that the amazing experience would be something she would “highly recommend to other wheelchair users.” Planning is already underway for Accessibility Weekend 2018. We look forward to seeing you all then! Inform Autumn 2018 5