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Daisy

Daisy

Abandoned by her owners at just two months old and born with two paralysed front legs, Daisy had a tough start to life life. The Brussels Griffon and Terrier cross was moments from death after being discovered by an animal control officer who scheduled for her to be euthanised after no owners came forward. However, at the last minute she was saved by A Home 4 Ever rescue center, in Bellflower, California, and staff nursed her back to health and even raised money to buy her a wheelchair.

Read more: http://buff.ly/1mQM1Y8

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The profitability in hiring workers with a disability

 

A Tim Hortons franchisee has found that hiring Canadians with a disability has boosted his bottom line. It’s an approach that’s been coined “return on disability.”

Read more: http://www.employabilities.ab.ca/2014/01/tim-hortons-hires-people-with-disabilities/

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When I Walk by Jason DaSilva

When I Walk, a new documentary of filmmaker Jason DaSilva’s journey with MS. Combining humor, a love story and Jason’s steely determination to live life to the fullest, When I Walk is guaranteed to move you: http://buff.ly/RlD0eK

Jason has also created AXS Map, an app to rate the accessibility of places to help make the world a more inclusive place. XS Map aims to ease the burden of social exclusion by providing people with disabilities the freedom to be spontaneous about where they eat, shop, work, and play. AXS Map aims to combine many different voices and points of view on one shared network, both creating a workable resource for and reinforcing a community of people who care about access and inclusion. You can download it here: http://buff.ly/RlD0eO

Paul Muir is participating in the Blackmore’s Sydney marathon in September to raise money for Wheelchair Sports NSW

Please help support this great cause! Paul Muir is participating in the Blackmore’s Sydney marathon in September to raise money for Wheelchair Sports NSW. The Vision of Wheelchair Sports NSW is ‘to enrich the lives of people with a disability through participation in sport.’ Read more: http://bsrf2014.gofundraise.com.au/page/Paul4Wheelies2014#

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In Australia, 1 in 5 people have a disability, however only 21% of females and 28% of males with disabilities participate in sufficient amounts of physical activity. 75% of people with a disability do wish to participate more in sport however costs can be prohibitive due to ongoing rehabilitation, treatment and modification to home/cars. Costs are constant and ongoing with basic sports wheelchair maintenance alone costing over $100 a year.

Paul’s goal is to raise $10,000 so more people with disabilities have the chance to enjoy the benefits sport can bring to their lives. As an example, $250 will enable a child to attend a dedicated sports day hosted by senior wheelchair athletes. $550 will enable a child to attend the annual Christmas Sports Camp. $2,500 will purchase a specialized sporting wheelchair.

Paul’s $10,000 goal is to help purchase 4 new sporting wheelchairs.

Thank you for your support!

Read more: http://bsrf2014.gofundraise.com.au/page/Paul4Wheelies2014#

Lift approved for Artarmon station

Exciting news! A lift has been approved for Artarmon station and the upgrade is estimated to be complete by 2016. Artarmon station sees 50,000+ commuters each week, but the lack of accessibility means wheelchair users like my friend Jordana Goodman have to take a taxi or drive 40 minutes in their wheelchair to Chatswood station or St Leonards to catch the train. This is a great day for accessibility and we thank the local community, Willoughby deputy mayor Stuart Coppock and Transport Minister and Willoughby state Liberal MP Gladys Berejiklian for their support.

Read more: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/north-shore/lift-planned-for-artarmon-station/story-fngr8h9d-1226907203317

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Brothers Cayden and Connor campaign for an accessible playground

More inspiring work from Cayden and Connor, the brothers who compete in triathlons as a team. They’ve just campaigned to have a wheelchair friendly playground near their house so everyone can enjoy. Selfless and such inspiring work!

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These siblings epitomize brotherly love.

Cayden Long, 9, has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. His family was accustomed to driving almost an hour away to use a playground he could access, Good Morning America reported.

Big brother Conner, 10, wasn’t shy speaking out about the injustice. He voiced his opinions on a panel hosted by Miracle Recreation, a company that builds commercial playground equipment, mentioning how hard it was to find a playground that he and Cayden could both play on together.

His brave and honest words prompted a response. Miracle Recreation agreed to build a wheelchair-friendly playground in White House, Tenn., where the Long family resides.

The grounds, which officially opened earlier this month, is inclusive for all children wishing to have fun, regardless of physical disability. According to the brothers’ community Facebook page, Conner named the playground A Roll Around the Park, in honor of Cayden.

This isn’t the Long brothers’ first time in the spotlight. Conner was initially invited to attend the Miracle Recreation panel because of his heartwarming efforts to include Cayden in the triathlons he competes in. The duo has never placed in the competitions, according to The Tennessean, but that doesn’t matter. Conner guides his younger brother in the grueling contests, regardless — Cayden rides on a trailer on land, and in a raft during the swimming portions.

“It’s not always about winning,” Conner told the outlet. “It’s about having fun and crossing the finish line, and Cayden and I love to do it together.”

The brothers’ touching story of triumph inspired others from coast to coast, including NBA star LeBron James.

Read more at Huffington Post: http://huff.to/1jX2dnV

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jian Jackson: A Will and a Way

Jian Jackson was born healthy. At about 5 months old, she had a high fever at the orphanage where she lived in China. Four days later, she wasn’t moving her legs anymore.

“By then they took her to a doctor, but it was too late,” explains Stacie Jackson, Jian’s adoptive mother. “The doctors here think it was polio.”

The 8-year-old suffered nerve damage to both legs, and she now uses her hands to move, with her legs and feet hopping or dragging behind. She’s amazingly agile, and her upper-body strength is great enough for legless rope climbs, bar muscle-ups and handstand walks.

Stacie has been working with her daughter every day after school on walking. The child has made progress, one day taking 113 steps unassisted from the back of the school to greet her mother.

“The first thing I started her doing was the rowing machine,” recounts Stacie, a member at CrossFit affiliate Ignite Fitness in Alabama. “She really needs to build up her quad strength, and so that push-pull on the rower was really good for that.”

Ignite Fitness owner Shane Rodriguez has also been working with Jian.

“She’ll try almost anything I do, so I guess I need to start doin’ more things, ’cause I don’t think I’ve showed her something that she hasn’t been able to do,” he says with a smile.

Stacie says Jian has a positive attitude, often encouraging herself through physical challenges.

“It’s just amazing how well the kid can thrive … just with love and a home and food.”

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joQ4euETbf8

Read more: http://journal.crossfit.com/2014/04/jianjacksonstory.tpl

An Israeli Company Made A Better Wheel That Lets You Ride Down Stairs In A Wheelchair

An Israeli company has developed a technology that allows wheelchairs and bicycles to travel more comfortably over bumps and down stairs. Softwheel says its ‘symmetrical selective in-wheel suspension’ system is designed to absorb the impact of obstacles in the road, and could be adapted to suit any vehicle with wheels.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com.au/softwheel-wheelchair-2014-4

Watch the video here: http://www.reuters.com/video/2014/04/23/reuters-tv-israeli-company-reinvents-the-wheel?&videoChannel=118065&videoId=312698474

PWDA Election Platform Launch and Disability QandA on Friday 30 August

People with Disability Australia are holding an election and Disability Q&A this Friday 30 August. If you are free this is a great chance to make your voice heard. Please share with friends and family and RSVP if you are able to attend. There is a also a webcast, but you need to register in advance. You can read the original email here: http://ymlp.com/zE8QxM or below:
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People with Disability Australia invites you to attend our 2013 Election Platform launch and Disability Q&A withTim Ferguson and special guest panellists Senator Mitch Fifield, Senator Rachel Siewert and Senator the Hon Jan McLucas.
 
You, your friends, family and colleagues are all welcometo this event. Let’s ensure the voices of people with disabilityare strongly represented during this election period and into the future. Follow the conversation on twitter using hashtag #pwdaqanda
On the Panel
  • Senator Mitch Fifield – Shadow Minister forDisabilities, Carers and the Voluntary Sector and Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate
  • Senator Rachel Siewert – The Australian Greens Spokesperson for Family Community and DisabilityServices
  • Senator the Hon Jan McLucas – Senator for Queensland, Minister for Human Services
  • Joan Hume – Founding and Life Member of Peoplewith Disability Australia; Former Director of PWD; Director of Spinal Cord Injuries Australia and recipient of the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to people with disability
  • Sam Connor – Member of People with DisabilityAustralia; Member of NDIS Expert Committee on Workforce Development and Sector Capacity; and Member of the Ministerial Advisory Council onDisability WA
  • Craig Wallace – President of People With DisabilityAustralia; Deputy Community Co-chair of the NDIS Expert Committee in the ACT; Member of the Leaders for Tomorrow Advisory Group; occasional opinion editorial commentator for ABC Ramp Up and recipient of the Centenary Medal for Services toPeople with a Disability
 Please ensure you RSVP as soon as possible as there are limited places.
 
At this Q and A – you ask the questions! Please submit your question when you RSVP.
 
RSVP: Pete Darby, Projects Liaison Officer
 
Please advise of any access requirements
(Auslan interpreters etc) or dietary requirements.
 
RSVP: Wednesday 28 August 2013
 
Where: Mercure Hotel, 818-820 George Street
Haymarket Sydney NSW
When:  5.30pm for a 6pm start – Friday 30 August 2013
The event will be followed by light refreshments.
 
Webcast:
This forum will be webcast online. If you can’t make it in person, you can still participate. You will need to register in advance for the webcast. Click here to register to access the forum online on the night.