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Stepping into the Unknown

by Dr Jill Hanass-Hancock

The making of a film about disability and HIV in Africa, telling the story the story of four ordinary people with disability, who want to show the world that they can do anything. Published: February 2011

Pain Management Part I - Me, Myself and Arthritis

by Claire Hovey

Claire is a young writer who has joint disease and chronic pain. in this article she shares her feelings and techniques for managing and 'moving forward' with pain. Published: January 2011

Living with Traumatic Brain Injury

by Kimberley Carnevale

"But You LOOK Fine … Uh, why are you wearing your bedroom slippers?" Traumatic Brain Injury is often invisible to the casual observer. This is a personal story about the impact of behavioural, emotional and cognitive challenges that are part of living with TBI. Published: January 2009

Zach's story: A young person's perspective on living with the skin condition epidermolysis bullosa

by Zach

Zach shares his experiences growing up with the skin condition epidermolysis bullosa (EB) and hopes that writing about his thoughts will help other young people out there with EB and inspire them to keep going when the going gets tough. Published: April 2006

Power Chair Adventures

by James Dunworth

Mary Lavar's plans to travel from Land's End to John O' Groats in her electric wheelchair. Published: March 2006

Running from how God made me

by Robert Ward

Robert Ward talks with Mary May Larmoyeux about his quest for purpose in his life and acceptance of his disability. Published: February 2006

Lollipop Lesson

by Kimberley Carnevale

"Even the best dreams are not immune to disaster ... It's up to us to rise from the rubble of broken dreams and create bigger and better ones from what we've learned through adversity." Published: October 2005

Gwen's story

by Robyn Perham

Gwen Beaton shares her experiences following a spinal cord injury, in an interview with author Robyn Perham. Published: April 2005

Taking the "dis" out of disabled!

by Kimberly Carnevale

Kimberly, founder of Canine and Abled, tells the story of her motor vehicle accident, her feelings of loss following a head injury and how she met her companion Dewey. Together they set out on a mission to abolish access denial and vowed to open hearts and doors to persons with disabilities who rely upon the assistance of service animals. Published: October 2004

Mal Wilson's motivations

by Mal Wilson

Following a heart attack ten years ago, Mal woke from surgery scarred and sore. Then one afternoon, standing in a gym in the City he watched a man workout on a running machine. All of a sudden he realised that the man was his heart surgeon, who then invited him to have a run on the treadmill. So with great trepidation he decided to give it a go. Published: July 2004

What my brother, Chris "The Bud" Jordan, has taught me

by Geoff Jordan

Geoff Jordan talks about growing up with his brother Chris, who has multiple disabilities. Geoff raises issues around independent living and people with disabilities, as well as topics such as choice, community, citizenship, belonging, and making a difference. Published: May 2004

Caregivers of the world, unite

by Janine Lodato

An article about carers and living with multiple sclerosis. Published: May 2004

Living life with a chronic illness

by Brooke Parsons

Brooke is a young Ambassador for the National Stroke Foundation. She had a stroke at the age of 13 that left her totally paralyzed on her right side. So far, it's been 10 years of hard work, of tears and laughter to be where she is today - leading the life of an active 22 year old. She believe's "the only time you fail is when you don't give something a go at all". Published: April 2004

Walk with a smile

by Robert Watson

Llano talks about his feelings of depression after a serious work accident that resulted in him requiring the use of a cane for mobility at the age of 30. As a result of his experiences he set out to find ways to help himself and others in a similar situation. Published: April 2004

All the way with JRA

by Ben Horgan

A personal story about living with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Ben talks about his own childhood, his career in radio, his ambitions for developing a program where 'kids help kids' to find their own solutions, recent research findings and the importance of early intervention. Published: November 2003

Wheelie defies ferris wheel

by Anite Gordon

Anita is the first Canditate to run for the Queensland Parliament who is wheelchair dependent. Her efforts to 'strike a better deal' for people with a disability have already effected positive change in her local community. She is also actively campaigning for carers rights and accommodation. So, if you live in Maroochy Shire Vote 1 Anita Gordon! Published: October 2003

What is CIDP?

by Robyn Gobert

Chronic Inflammatory Demylonating Ployneuropathy (CIDP) is closely related to Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), both of which are due to inflammation and demyolination (stripping) of the covering of the peripheral nerves. It is a very rare condition. The symptoms people experience vary considerably and often mimic similar symptoms of other unrelated conditions. Robyn and Paul Gobert share their story and experiences with CIDP. Published: September 2003

Hello and whoof!

by Peter Bennett

Did you know that dogs may be trained to fetch and carry, open and close doors, pull wheelchairs, lift immobilized limbs, and go for help? Curious? Find out more about Australian Assistance Dogs and the help they provide for people with limited mobility. Published: February 2003

Why not me? My journey with MS

by Anna Healey

"It seems strange that being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis could be a good thing, a positive thing, that Multiple Sclerosis could make someone a better person." Anna's story is a very personal and honest account of living with multiple sclerosis. She talks openly about the effect MS has on her life, and that of her family and close friends. Published: July 2002

Times change - A family's story about living with Epidermolysus Bullosa

by Robyn Gobert

Life was very different fifty years ago and no one knew about EB, an hereditary condition also known as Cotton Wool Baby Syndrome. Robyn talks about her own experience growing up with EB, and that of her family. Published: May 2002

You should consider applying for a Churchill Fellowship

by Gail Mackenzie

A fellowship is a great opportunity to travel the world visiting other innovative and successful organisations in your field of speciality, or to attend a high profile international conference. Read about Gail's experiences as a Churchill Fellow in the area of transcultural nursing and consider giving it a go yourself in an area of study that you are also passionate about. Published: December 2001

Memoirs of an illiterate larrikin

by Ken Hall

Did you know that according to the Bureau of Statistics 44% of Australians suffer from some form of illiteracy? Ken Hall tells Monika McFerran what it has been like to spend his whole life unable to read and write? So, why has someone with a print disability considered tackling the awesome job of writing a book? Published: July 2001

Cutting edge

by Tui Mathews

Tui had a stroke seven years ago when she was 37 years old. As a mother of two young children she struggled to cope with the day-to-day running of a family, finding it difficult to do anything with one hand, especially food preparation. In an effort to make life easier for herself and others she invented the Quikkut knife. Published: March 2001

Carrying the torch - My journey into history

by Judith Geppert

In November 1956, Judith remembers watching the evening news with her father and catching glimpses of the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Torch Relay. This torch relay consisted entirely of young fit men, all of whom had to be able to run a mile in six minutes or less. But in the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Torch Relays it was going to be a different story. Share the spirit of these events as Judith tells the story of her "journey into history". Published: February 2001

Assistance dogs for independence

by Cara MacKenzie

Tanya talks about her new found independence and why she considers herself "the lucky one" since Bonny, a wonderful Golden Retriever has come into her life. Published: March 2000

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