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DisABILITY Accessibility Information Resources

August 2006
Number 40

What's new on

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ARATA Conference updates

Drop by ARATA's web site for your free copy of the 'ARATA News - Special Conference Edition' to find out everything you need to know about the up-coming Conference, including what you can look forward to seeing and hearing. The conference committee has also been successful in securing grant money to assist people with disabilities in attending the conference in Fremantle and an application form is available on their home page.

Disability classifieds

Buy and Sell

Several items of second hand equipment (all in excellent condition) have recently been added to Buy & Sell, including three accessible vehicles, an Ambassador Regal electric adjustable armchair and various seating, therapy and mobility products.

Access Living

The accessible holiday unit for sale in beautiful Noosaville has recently dropped its asking price.

Shoes Without A Partner

A selection of orthopaedic shoes, boots and sandals for men and women, in a variety of colours and sizes, have recently been listed by the Wagga Foot Clinic.


Gravity Discovery Centre

Universally accessible, including Australia's largest public wheelchair accessible telescope, this amazing new complex brings physical science and the universe alive.

Overuse injuries in manual wheelchair users

Human hands were not designed to withstand the repetitive impact from propelling manual wheelchairs, and many researchers now strongly recommend the use of properly designed wheelchair gloves to help prevent overuse injuries, such as carpel tunnel syndrome.

Disability news

Wheelchair accessible caravan and motor home

An accessible vehicle and accessible accommodation in one package, with the freedom to follow your own itinerary, or simply explore Australia with no set agenda.

Accessible travel photos at Flickr

A new Flickr group gives travelers with disabilities, their travel companions, friends, and allies of the disability community a place to post and share travel photos.

Teaching students with sensory impairments

A free resource aimed at fully including students with sensory impairments within our education system.

Google Accessible Search

The early Beta version of Google's new Accessible Search is an exciting project. Still in development its aim is to assist people with vision impairment in finding the most relevant, useful and accessible information as quickly as possible.

Wheelchair athletes

A free web collection of wheelchair sports videos, celebrating the talents of wheelchair athletes across a wide range of wheelchair sporting activities.

What's new on the WWW?

Age-friendly built environments

In this local government paper you'll find six fact sheets which cover a range of age-friendly built environment issues, including case studies on improving mobility for seniors and encouraging housing options.

Wheelies with Wings Scholarship

Would you like a flying experience? Wheelies with Wings awards scholarships for limited flying training, based on a competitive selection process. Each scholarship is worth in excess of $5000 and covers all accommodation, meals, ground and flight training and reasonable travel expenses.

Hark The Sound

A suite of really simple sound games intended for young children with a vision impairment. The games are free for educational purposes, fun to use and a useful teaching resource for pre school children.

Assistive Media

Free audio recordings and podcasts of short-subject literary works from reputable mainstream periodicals and independent writers, providing an eclectic mixture of interesting and educational material.

Special disability trusts

A government factsheet with detailed information about establishing a special disability trust to provide for the current and future accommodation and support needs of a family member with a severe disability.

Human Rights Tools

An international web site dedicated to human rights issues, including political analysis, economics, advocacy, reporting and more.