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DisABILITY Accessibility Information Resources

February 2006
Number 37

What's new on e-Bility.com?

A new look and a new sponsor

Welcome to e-Bility's new look newsletter to celebrate the start of a new year, our 37th issue and our first ever newsletter sponsor, Otto Bock Health Care. Otto Bock are global leaders in healthcare and rehabilitation mobility products and their support in maintaining this free service is very much appreciated.

This issue of the newsletter is also a taste of things to come, as we are in the process of rolling out Stage 1 of a major site-wide redesign of e-Bility.com.

Disability classifieds

Second hand Pride electric scooter

This 4 wheel scooter is in excellent condition, only 12 months old and hardly used. It is suitable for outdoor use and looking for a new owner in Sydney NSW.

Access living

Listing of accessible properties for sale on the real estate market.

Shoes Without A Partner (SWAP Shoes)

A 'match-making' resource for single shoes.

Articles

Thailand holiday adventure

Judith shares her holiday experiences in Thailand, riding elephants, visiting temples, patting wild tigers, jet skiing, rafting and many more adventures. She had such a wonderful time she is already planning a return trip.

Promoting resilience in your child

Parents and care givers can provide specific opportunities and activities to promote resilience in their child, that will help give them the capacity to face adversity, and even be strengthened by the traumas in life that we all inevitably face.

Samburu Safari - Kenya

Gordon's motto is that "true experience begins when we break out of our routines". An avid wheelchair traveller, Kenya is his most recent trip and also included time to explore Nairobi, Lake Nakuru National Park, Masai Mara National Reserve and Mombasa.

DDA accessibility guidelines for public amenities

Robin Kettle (UK) finds that people with disabilities are being put at risk by public amenities that are dangerous because they don't comply with the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) requirements.

Chair with a view

No more looking at peoples' 'butts' and 'navels' - the solution a new highly manoeuvrable power drive elevating wheelchair.

A travel trend on the horizon

In the past year, as business gave voice to the dream that travel would be barrier-free, it set in motion a trend towards universal design - a renaissance of design that benefits all travels.

What's new on the WWW?

Accessible travel

'Have a good holiday?' survey

Access for All is undertaking a survey into the holiday experiences of people with disabilities in Australia to coincide with the 2006 Disability Action Week. Participants are being asked to detail their experiences in relation to travel agents, tour operators, accommodation, transport and other areas that make a holiday successful.

Toyota Welcab

Toyota has revealed a new concept vehicle purpose-built for drivers and passengers with a disability.

Disability in the arts

AART BOXX

NOISE and Accessible Arts are inviting young artists with a disability to submit their media friendly artworks to AART BOXX by the 31st March

Assistive technology

Assistech Wiki

A very new and exciting resource for Assistive Technology knowledge sharing. Similar to Wikipedia, in that anyone can edit the information, it is hoped the site will evolve into 'the evidence base' for assistive technology.

New code to help people with special communications needs

ACIF has published the Accessible Equipment Information Industry Code (C625:2005) and an accompanying industry guideline which is designed to improve telecommunications access for people with particular communications needs.

Other interesting web sites

Working Carers Support Gateway

This is a support web site for low-income and isolated carers who have both caring and workplace responsibilities, and includes a live chat room with guest host presenters.

Life to Live

A resource guide looking at the history of people with disabilities in Australia over the last 100 years

New voluntary NSW Photo Card

The RTA has recently made the Photo Card available in response to requests from people who are unable to obtain a driver license and find it difficult to show who they are in order to access everyday services.

Fundable

Fundable is an innovative new web site that allows groups of people to pool money to make purchases or to fundraise for a cause.