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Inform issue 25 – Winter 2018

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In this issue of Inform we focus on new beginnings and changes. We follow the story of Joel who following a traumatic accident, had to start from scratch in his career.

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Nov- Dec 2018 What’s On November Movember 14 World Diabetes Day 12-18 National Psychology Week December 3 International Day of Persons with Disabilities 10 Human Rights Day 12 International Universal Health Coverage Day 26 National Leftovers Day 4

Out and about Accessibility Weekend The 14th Accessibility Weekend is over and what a resounding success the 2018 event was! Independence Australia was lucky enough to have Australian wheelchair rugby legends Nazim Erdem and Josh Hose champion the annual event, which saw Victoria’s favourite tourist attractions open their doors for free to wheelchair users and their carers on 8 and 9 September. ArtVo, Sovereign Hill, Eureka Skydeck, LEGOLAND and the Arthurs Seat Eagle were just some of the 40 accessible regional and metro venues that participated this year. The event, which signifies the importance of access and inclusion for people living with a physical disability, took place as part of Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week. This was especially significant for the two Paralympians in attendance, who coach and mentor people with spinal cord injuries on their journey to return to their communities independently. They noted the personal importance of accessibility in living a fulfilling, inclusive life. Erdem became a quadriplegic after diving off a pier into shallow water at the age of 20. He went on to win two gold and two silver medals at five Paralympics from 2000 to 2016. Hose, an incomplete quadriplegic, won gold medals at the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Paralympics. He was a passenger in a car that rolled down a 20-foot embankment, during which he sustained a spinal cord injury. Independence Australia Chief Executive Officer Peter Turner said Accessibility Weekend links with the organisation’s objective to support people living with a disability or personal need to regain and retain their independence. “Accessibility Weekend is an invaluable opportunity for Victorians living with a disability, their families and carers to enjoy the inclusive access each participating venue has to offer,” Mr Turner said. Independence Australia also teamed up with Global Ballooning Australia to offer one lucky Accessibility Weekend guest and their carer the chance to win an accessible ride in Global Ballooning Australia’s Easy Access Basket across the Yarra Valley. This year, Roy Davie impressed us with his innovation to improve accessibility for wheelchair users and nabbed the prize with his entry: “I’d like to see fully automated ramps on public transport at every door that are deployed when doors open and retract when doors close.” 5