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Welcome informonline.org.au 3 ISSUE #30 contents 4 Eyes on the prize In this issue of Inform we celebrate the hard workers, the people out there every day working at achieving their dreams. In our feature story we catch up with paraathlete Alistair Donohoe who at the time of writing had just received the news that the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics had been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Alistair isn’t letting this stop him from achieving his goals, and is more determined than ever to secure gold in 2021. Also in this issue we speak to Andi Snelling, who has taken creative inspiration from her chronic illness to create her award-winning solo theatre work Happy- Go-Wrong. This magazine issue will also be our final printed issue. Two years ago we were fortunate enough to receive a grant from the National Disability Insurance Agency which has allowed us to continue to bring you quality printed content, but this grant period has now come to a close. However this is not the end of Inform! We have now moved 100% online, to www.informonline.org.au. Please subscribe today to ensure that you stay up to date with all Inform news. 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 Living the Dream 10 The Secrets of Social Skills 14 When Simple Changes Matter Most at Work: A JobAccess Story 16 NDIS 101: Supporting Evidence 18 Creative Possibilities 22 Providing Hope 24 Auslan 101 28 News 30 The Science of Sleep Managing Editor: Alison Crowe Deputy Editor: Kirby Fenwick Design: Sarah Zen Cover Story Photography Supplied by Paralympics Australia