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DisABILITY Accessibility Information Resources

February / March 2009
Number 48

What's new on

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Spectrum Educational Consulting

Specialising in on-site preschool and school integration programs for children with autism and other social and/or communication impairments, Spectrum Educational Consulting is now an approved service provider under the FaHCSIA 'Helping Children With Autism' scheme. Sandra is qualified as an educator and developmental play therapist with over 10 years of practical educational experience. Her clinic model draws on current theory, research and practice that support children of diverse ages and abilities through play. Sandra has a strong commitment to individualised learning, comprehensive assessment and collaborative early intervention.

Disability classifieds

Second hand equipment for sale

A variety of second hand equipment, including mobility, self care, seating and rehabilitation items.

Second hand accessible vehicles for sale

Wheelchair accessible vans/minivans for sale, including private and ex fleet accessible vehicles and vehicle hardware, such as special seats, hoists etc.

Disability news

WCAG 2.0 is finalised

The W3C web standard WCAG 2.0 becomes an official recommendation.


Wheelchair accessible hiking

Looking for something to do this weekend? Need a change of pace? Want to recharge your batteries without breaking the bank? Then it's time for you to hit the trails! The walking or hiking trail that is.

Living with Traumatic Brain Injury

"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 beautifully written personal insight into the impact of behavioural, emotional and cognitive challenges that are part of living with TBI.

What's new on the WWW?

Bushfire Help

Our Community has packaged up in one place all the various ways people can help out and give to people affected by the Victorian bushfires through their Giving Centre.

Access Aware

A new on-line directory of accessible business premises and community facilities for older people with access difficulties, people with disability and their families, carers and other supporters to enable them to increase their participation in community life.

Accessible Tourism Research Snapshot

The Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre (STCRC) has recently produced a new publication Accessible Tourism: Challenges and Opportunities. This is a FREE resource and can be downloaded from their website.

You're Welcome WA Access Initiative

Wonderfully detailed information about the accessibility of facilities and services in Western Australia, including photos (and floor plan diagrams for accommodation entries).

Disability (Access to Premises - Buildings) Standards

During December 2008, draft Disability (Access to Premises Buildings) Standards, together with a number of associated documents, were tabled in the House of Representatives. The Government proposes to refer the draft Premises Standards to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs and to ask the Committee to conduct consultations on the draft Premises Standards and to report to Parliament in the first half of 2009. The draft Disability (Access to Premises Buildings) Standards, and the associated documents tabled with them, can be accessed on the downloads section of the Attorney General's Department website.

Just Ask: integrating accessibility throughout design

Fancy giving your site a thorough usability test? Then why not involve people with disability in your testing. Not sure where to start? Check out this free publication by web standards guru Henny Shaw.

Ziipa - visual search engine

A user generated visual Web 2.0 directory. The search results include a small screen capture of the site's web page that may assist users in choosing where they wish to explore next, or in recognising a site they are searching for based on its visual characteristics or key images (e.g. a map, logo, calculator etc).


A free tool to create quick visual online conversations using images and videos to demonstrate in pictures what you are talking about. Can be used to share design ideas, explain how something works, narrate photos, integrate symbol communication etc.

Accessible Twitter

An accessible interface for the Twitter web application. Twitter is a popular social networking service enabling friends, family, and co-workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing? This site is currently in Alpha development so some features are not yet implemented.

Printable Checklist

A simple, user-friendly tool for creating any type of checklist, such as a shopping list, todo list, birthday list or memory prompt.

Success and Ability magazine

The special Inclusive Tourism issue of India's Success and Ability magazine features the article "What is Inclusive Tourism" by Scott Rains. Read about the achievements and potential for Inclusive Tourism in India - and dream about making a trip there. Download is free but PDF only.

SBS Homereach

A new weekly radio program providing practical information for older people, people with disability, and their carers. Tune in to SBS Radio's World View program each Wednesday at 5pm, listen online or download as a podcast. Segments cover issues such as preparing wills, home maintenance, respite care, and remaining healthy and active.
Source: Did You Know - 9 Jan 2009

Disability Disclosure Workbook

This workbook helps young people make informed decisions about whether or not to disclose their disability and understand how that decision may impact their education, employment, and social lives.

Disability Disclosure Factsheets

These provide guidance and explore issues related to disclosing one's disability, and are found on the website of the US Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy. They cover the "Why, When, What, and How of Disclosure" in an academic Setting and in the workplace.
Source: Disability Education & Employment newsletter - 24 December 2008

How will my guardian make a decision for me?

This free online publication has recently been made available by the Public Guardian on the NSW Government's LawLink website. It is a short pictorial story in easy English that explains what a guardian does and how decisions are made. The story focuses on a young woman with a disability who lives in a group home and needs a substitute decision made by the Public Guardian about her accommodation. The publication is designed to be accessed by people with disability, with the assistance of a support worker, family member or friend.
Source: Did You Know - 9 Jan 2009

Rolling Rains Update

The ever popular Rolling Rains Report has had a makeover, and now includes profiles of inclusive tourism leaders, case studies in inclusive tourism, photo documentation, travelogues and readings in inclusive tourism, as well as the main blog with regular posts on accessible travel.