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Inform issue 22 – Autumn 2017

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In this edition of Inform we celebrate people out in their communities. We meet John who shares with us his determination which resulted in a new creative direction.

Beach Access Update

Beach Access Update Wheels to the water Disability access mats have been rolled out across many Australian beaches this summer, giving everyone the chance to enjoy the sand and the waves. Victoria’s Hobson Bay City Council in Melbourne’s west was the first in the state to introduce the infrastructure at Altona and Williamstown beaches. The beach mats stretch from the foreshore and allow those in a wheelchair 24-hour access to the water. Described as an “amazing” experience in an interview with 9 News, local water enthusiast Alex Gatt enjoyed the opportunity to join his siblings in the ocean. The success of these two beaches has prompted many other local Councils to follow suit, with Mount Martha, and Torquay Beach (in Queensland) rolling out the beach mats soon after. In addition to beach mats, specifically designed beach wheelchairs are being deployed across Australia and are available free of charge. Beach wheelchairs are able to navigate the sand and do not require the presence of beach mats to help people with disabilities experience the waves, sea and sand. These ‘allterrain’ wheelchairs can be booked or borrowed from local shires or visitor information centres. 14 Inform

Connecting lives Through the use of technology, people living with a disability can be connected to local and global communities, create their own opportunities, and self-manage aspects of their lives. Staying connected has never been easier, however it comes at a cost, which can be prohibitive for some. Some organisations have recognised the importance of having access to technology for those who cannot afford a computer. These companies offer refurbished computers and laptops at reduced costs for people with concession cards, or who meet other selection criteria. Computerbank Victoria Inc. computerbank.org.au 03 9600 9161 Green PC greenpc.com.au B2C Recyclers b2crecyclers.com.au 03 9005 0101 Autumn 2017 15