I need to pay that overdue phone bill. I need to eat better and exercise. I need to finish folding that ever growing pile of washing… did I mention previously that I have six kids? However, I want to go to the pub with my mates on Friday night and watch the footy, and I…

After Emily’s accident I had to focus on my unexpected role as an informal carer. Being a registered nurse, I was familiar with many of the practical tasks but I soon realised that maybe the most important aspect of caring is facilitating social and emotional well-being as well as keen physical attention. I was determined…

Mambourin’s Movie Makers program has come a long way since it began four years ago. Movie Makers – one of Mambourin’s largest creative programs – started out with six people and a second-hand camera. Today, a group of twenty eager participants work together to create a range of movie material. These days they use a…

The ID Crowd are a team of adult educators in the online space. We’ve been having a lot of great conversations about the NDIS and the relationship between providers, participants and planners. We understand that planners and participants might need a little help in better understanding the services offered by providers to make better decisions…

It’s Tuesday, just gone 2 o’clock, and my body mechanically gets to work at what can be best described as “dad dancing” – there’s some finger pointing, head nodding and occasional leg jerks. It’s not good. And is barely passable as a “dance”. That’s where the people seated around me come in. I had asked…

I was probably a bit starry eyed when I started my PhD almost three years ago. I believed academics uncovered important knowledge and found the ‘answers’ that society was seeking – delving into the trickiest and most critical of problems, putting forward innovative solutions, moving society forward. Focusing on social innovation in the Australian disability…

Independence isn’t really something you think about until it’s threatened. It is just one of many things we take for granted – like having a job and a social life. Being able to do what we want, when we want. Being able to drive. My disability has meant that I have had to battle to…

There are a whole bunch of myths that go along with being disabled. There are the myths that we’re all pitiful victims of welfare and charity, or romantically tragic figures. We’re eternal children or objects of inspiration and bravery.   But no myth is more prevalent than the myth of the bludger, the undeserving rorter…