Kim Napier first met the Holdsworths in 2004, when friends of the family contacted Kim’s radio station to ask if she and her team could wheelchair proof the Holdsworth’s home for Josie, who lives with a significant disability. The community rallied and Kim quickly became firm friends with the family. In this podcast, you will hear…

The phrase “invisible illness” is a complicated one. It has a use, of course – it is incredibly important to acknowledge how society expects disability to be something obvious, Other, and easily identified. The idea behind invisible illnesses is that many people suffer from illnesses and disabilities silently, without the support they need, because they…

For me, last fortnight’s Clickability blog entry was perfectly timed. Although I have travelled extensively throughout Australia in recent years, the thought of travelling overseas often leaves me petrified. In my twenties, I never understood why my contemporaries often considered journeys to other countries as a rite of passage. To me, I think there is…

I have been in an electric wheelchair for four years now, and a manual wheelchair for four years before that. Prior to that I was a fairly active and physical person. I wouldn’t call myself an outdoors type, but I did like to get out and do things, and I felt that these activities in…

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…

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…

‘Do you live in the community?’ She was pretty, about 25, a nurse at the Quadriplegic Centre of WA. I’d never seen her before. I didn’t know what to say. I am a wheelchair user and was delivering fliers for a forum we were running the next day. I was shocked. It wasn’t that I…

When I got into rap music I was nervous what the public would think of me. I didn’t know a lot of wheelchair-using rappers and I wanted to change that. At certain gigs I often wondered if the audience would see me as a charity case. Just given a go because of my condition. But…