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Welcome informonline.org.au 3 ISSUE #26 contents Waves of change This issue of Inform is all about closing off 2018 and welcoming a brand-new year ahead. While starting a new year can be exciting for some, it can also be a time of anxiety and uncertainty for others. In this issue we hope to equip you with some skills and strategies to cope with these emotions. Also in this issue we hear from Jarad, a presenter with Radio Adelaide about why he is bucking the ‘people with disabilities cannot work’ attitude. In his feature Jarad addresses his challenges in finding work in the media sector and why he is now being up-front with potential employers about his disability. He also shares with us his advice for any job-seekers out there who might be struggling too. In our NDIS feature in this issue we offer advice on how to kick-start your NDIS plan, and what options you have available if you are happy (or unhappy) with what you have received. We also work to break down the key funding categories, so you can better understand your plan, and what your funding can do for you. The Inform team is committed to bringing you quality, informative content wherever you are in Australia, so we encourage you to get in touch with us if you have a story of independence to share. You can reach the team at firstname.lastname@example.org 4 10 14 16 18 20 22 24 30 Feature: Why I’m bucking the ‘disabled people cannot work’ trend NDIS Feature: How to kick start your plan Supports for school leavers If you can’t say something nice… Flying with mobility equipment The What, Where and How of accessible beaches Surviving the heat Sensory overload 101 How to find a hobby Managing Editor: Alison Crowe Deputy Editor: Rachel Tyler Jones Design: Mark Lovatt Cover Story Photography: Lee Knowles 4 Alison Crowe