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e-Bility News

DisABILITY Accessibility Information Resources

January - February 2005
Number 31

e-Bility News is a bi-monthly newsletter distributed by e-Bility Inclusive IT. It presents information on updates to e-Bility's web site, news about disability related issues on the Web, as well as other information of general interest to the disability and health sector.

What's new on e-Bility.com?

Brochure Stand

Comfort Discovered - New Store
Here's good news! Comfort Discovered has opened a new store at North Narabeen servicing Sydney's Northern Beaches, as well as their store at Mt Colah and popular mail order service. Both shops have an extensive range of innovative and practical equipment, available for sale and hire - including equipment for people just out of hospital, people wanting to stay safe and independent in their own home, and people of all ages with neck or back problems. A demonstration of the products can be arranged locally, either at the store or at any of the retirement vilages in the area.
Carrie Writes - The impact of teachers
Carrie was born with cerebral palsy. In this month's column she talks about her experiences at school, the teachers that made a difference and the value of mentors.
Disabled Equipment Solutions has moved
DES has moved to NEW premises at 1 Sinnott Street, Burwood, Victoria, 3125 Australia.
ARATA 2004 Conference Proceedings
Copies of abstracts, papers and posters on the theme "Technology: Everyone, Everywhere, Everyday" are now available online.

Articles

The LaughterBoss
What if one person from each aged care facility, as well as doing their regular work, took on additional training and became the LaughterBoss of that facility?
Cruising the High Seas!
Greg Killeen discusses wheelchair access and shares his holiday experiences cruising from Sydney to Noumea onboard the P & 0 Pacific Sky.
Making every moment count
Enhancing paediatric palliative care services through play therapy for children who are terminally ill and their siblings.
An Adventure of a lifetime!
A Churchill Fellowship report into new and innovative treatment methods for speech and swallowing in babies and children who have feeding difficulties or dysphagia.

Book Reviews

A Reason for Living
A Reason for Living is half autobiographical and half philosophical in style. The narrative is based on the life experiences and philosophy of the author, following a diving accident when he was 17 that left him a near quadriplegic. Written 25 years later, with the benefit of hindsight and experience, the story reflects back on his search for a new meaning and happiness within the confines of reality.

Motivational Speakers

A story worth a thousand signs
A popular workshop presenter and an American Sign Language (ASL) performer, Patricia Bruce's delight in being a Deaf performing artist shines through. Whether writing, creating, teaching, improvising or starring in her many productions, her skill at ASL storytelling and interpretation make her a sought after speaker at events and national conferences.

What's new on the WWW?

Travel

Accessible House Hosting Australia (AHHA)
A new web site whose goal is to connect people with a physical disability living in wheelchair-accessible housing with one another. This (free) member based online community was set up by Irene Chapman of Wheelie Easy and is a Vicnet My Connected Community group.
More information on international accessible home exchange holidays can be found on the e-Bility Access Travel Spot

Advocacy

Access For All - Accessible Public Toilets Campaign
Access For All recently contested and won a representative claim against the Hervey Bay Council for provision of hand basins inside the accessible toilet cubicles. This is an important win as the trend has been to build accessible unisex toilets without hand basins inside, but with access to a public basin on the outside. For many people with disabilities this is not practical as their hygiene needs require a basin within closer proximity eg when using a catheter. Anybody wishing to know more should contact: Sheila King (secretary) at: accessforall@bigpond.com

Events

ICP Online eCourses
Innovative Communication Programming (ICP) are running a series of online training courses in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) assessment and intervention of intentional and symbolic communicators. Course details for 2005, including brochure and application form are available on their web site.
Yooralla's Kiss for a Cause
Kiss for a Cause Day on 13 February 2005 in Melbourne aims to break the Guinness World Record of "Most Couples Kissing Simultaneously" and to help Yooralla raise its profile and some much needed funds. Register to be part of the fun!
Wheelchair Safety and Standards Monitoring
The 3rd National Symposium on Wheelchair Safety & Standards Monitoring will be held in Brisbane on Friday 11th February 2005. See web site for program details and registration form.
Round Table 2005 National Conference
This year's Round Table conference is being hosted at the Carlton Crest Hotel, Sydney from 14 to 17 May. The conference will showcase examples of best practice in the provision of accessible information to people with a print disability in the workplace and community.