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Welcome informonline.org.au 3 ISSUE #29 contents 4 Strength to strength In this issue of Inform we celebrate the quiet achievers who have been moving from strength to strength, against all the odds. In our feature story we chat to Dean Clifford, who is celebrating a milestone birthday and a milestone achievement. Not only does he have medical professionals scratching their heads over his achievements, but he is now sharing his resolve and ability to make miracles happen by mentoring and supporting young people with EB. Also in this issue we speak to Isabelle, a young carer who has been receiving support from the organisation ‘Little Dreamers’. In this article we hear how special this support has been for Isabelle, and how it has helped her to achieve her goals and dreams. Much like Dean, the Little Dreamers crew work quietly in the background, supporting young carers to dream just like other young people. Inform has also moved online, with our website InformOnline.org.au launching recently. InformOnline is your one place for disability information – with articles and contributors from all over the country. To find out more visit www.informonline.org.au 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 Alison Crowe 4 Lifting and Thriving 9 NDIS : Assistive Technology 14 Batting Above Average 19 Inform Highlights 20 Summer News 22 Getting The Most Out Of University 24 Dreaming Big 26 Staying Sun Smart 29 Chronic Pain Management Managing Editor: Alison Crowe Deputy Editor: Kirby Fenwick Senior Designer: Mark Lovatt Designer: Sarah Zen Cover Story Photography: Glenn Hunt