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DisABILITY Accessibility Information Resources

December 2006
Number 42

What's new on

Brochure stand

Spectrum Educational Consulting - Holiday Workshops

Sandra Christianson is a qualified educator and developmental play therapist, specialising in school integration programs for children with autism and other social and/or communication impairments. Popular programs offered include the new Holiday Workshops - a friendship program based on mutually enjoyed activities, interests and hobbies. Bookings taken at the end of each school term for holiday periods (Sydney).

ICP Online 2007 Course Program

ICP Online offers a wide array of courses that enable participants to receive workplace-relevant learning in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), so that they can apply the skills to their jobs right away. As there is no classroom attendance required, participants can study anytime, anywhere and at their own pace. The courses are accredited by registered training organisations and assignment based.

SPEVI 2007 Biennial Conference

The upcoming South Pacific Educators in Vision Impairment (SPEVI) Conference "Connecting the Pathways: Sharing our Knowledge" will be held in January 2007. Information on keynote speakers and the conference program are now available on their website.

Realising the vision for accessible information

The Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities have recently published copies of papers and proceedings from their successful 2006 conference "Realising the vision for accessible information: The way forward".

Australian Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Association

The ARATA 2006 National Conference, "Connecting People and Community Through Technology", explored ways in which the application of technology can allow inclusion of all people into everyday activities, home, school, work and leisure. Abstracts and papers from the conference are now available online and podcasts of key speakers will be published in the new year.

Access Travel Spot

This area of e-Bility's website is packed with travel ideas, accessible accommodation and stories from other travellers. It is a useful resource for a weekend away or planning a holiday within Australia and overseas.

Disability classifieds

Wheelchair accessible vehicles

An online classifieds section for buying and selling second hand wheelchair accessible adapted vehicles in Australia. Currently listed are 2 Chrysler Voyagers, 2 Mercedes-Benz Vitos, 1 Holden Combo Freewheeler Quinto and 1 Ford Flashcab. To purchase a vehicle please contact the owner directly, or if you would like to advertise a vehicle for sale just let us know.


Mobility Cup

An international regatta for people with disabilities will be sailing into Halifax, Nova Scotia next year. First hosted in 1991, this annual event is North America's flagship for sailors with disabilities.

To Western Australia on the Indian Pacific with my wheelchair

Robyn Perham's wheelchair accessible travel diary about her adventures and access onboard the Indian Pacific train to Western Australia.

Cooking single handed

Do you know how to break an egg using only one hand? If you have a weak grip or difficulty using both hands due to arthritis, stroke or injury you'll love this tip.

Book corner

Sara Webb: Disaster Area

A fictional, engaging, compassionate and well researched insight into the world and emotions of teenagers growing up with a brother or sister with disabilities. Sara has not one but two siblings with an intellectual disability. The story successfully uses humour as a way to show the reality of family life and the effect of disability on siblings and family dynamics in a way that is easy to read and relate to.

Amazon gift certificates

The certificates are a great Christmas idea that can be sent electronically via email or on paper through the post. e-Bility receives a small return on books and certificates purchased through our site and the revenue helps maintain the disability information resource.

Disability news

Churchill Fellowships

A Churchill Fellowship is the award of an opportunity through the provision of financial support, to enable Australian citizens from all walks of life to travel overseas to undertake an analysis, study or investigation of a project or an issue that cannot be readily undertaken in Australia. Applications close 28 February 2007, so if you are working in an innovative area that benefits the community, you should consider applying for a Churchill Fellowship.

Access to information technology

Access to information technology creates opportunity for all, especially people with disabilities, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a message for the International Day of Disabled Persons, observed on 3 December under the theme e-accessibility.

International Exhibition on the International Symbol of Access

An exhibition charting the disability access symbol's global spread and local evolution is being hosted by Disability Studies at Syracuse University and the organisers are calling for submissions.

Disability Blog Carnival

A regular roundup and celebration of "bloggers writing great stuff on disability".

Braille: A new way of reading with dots!

A person who is blind needs technology to write braille. Jot-a-Dot is an exciting new concept in braille writing that uses modern design principles and fabrication methods to achieve a small portable braille writing tool suitable for all blind people.

Children's Museum Initiative

For a children's museum to truly be an asset to the community, it must be designed to support the needs of a wide range of individuals. The Children's Museum Initiative will help to create environments where children and families of all abilities can participate side-by-side.

What's new on the WWW?

HREOC News - Disability Rights

The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission have been busy launching a number of exciting new initiatives to coincide with the International Day of Disabled Persons, including draft banking guidelines on accessible authentication systems, a new industry guideline on making pay phones more accessible for people with disabilities, a call for national plan of action on lifetime housing and code on information on telecommunications equipment access.

Who's talking?

In an accessibility first, the BBC Dr Who Series 2 box set, starring David Tennant and Billie Piper, will include talking menus, that will allow blind and vision impaired fans to use the disk menus without help. The DVDs also have captioning which will assist deaf people and people with a hearing impairment and audio description on all 13 episodes.

MDAA Clearing House

An extensive resource of cross–cultural information about disability, community services, rights and other related areas in a variety of community languages.

Disability Services - OH&S Project

This web based resource has been developed by ACROD, DADHC and NSW WorkCover to provide information on workplace safety for disability organisations on manual handling, violence and working at external locations.

Developmental journal for babies and children with visual impairment

A great web resource from the UK. This journal and activity cards are designed for families with a young child with vision impairment and for the professionals who work with them. It enables parents to track their child's development, helping them to record and celebrate progress through the early years, as well as supporting effective early intervention by improving everyone's understanding of the developmental processes involved.

New access guide for the Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House believes in equal access for all and that people with a disability have the right to fully participate in the community. They have developed an Access Guide for all their venues in a variety of formats, available online or by request.

Cooperative Programs

An initiative linking high achieving University of Western Sydney (UWS) students from all disciplines to organisations, primarily in Greater Western Sydney. Students work on research projects or in professional placements and receive valuable, paid, degree relevant industry experience, while organisations benefit from a fresh perspective and having a piece of high quality work completed for them at a nominal cost.

Let's Talk Net

auDA, the Australian Domain Name Administrator, has launched a series of simple audio podcasts that provide a practical guide to understanding the internet for both personal or business purposes.

Muscle Help Initiative

It takes 10 muscles to smile, 12 to frown and 1 to make a difference … With Christmas and the January sales fast approaching, now is your chance to shop online for those last minute gifts and New Year bargains at the UK Muscular Help Foundation Fundraiser Store.

Transactions on Accessible Computing

A new quarterly, peer-reviewed, archival journal on accessible computing will be published next year and a Call for Papers has now been made available. The journal addresses issues of computing as it impacts the lives of people with disabilities, providing a technical forum for disseminating innovative research.