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…

When you meet someone who has a disability, what is the first thing that you notice? Is it limitations or inabilities, or are you able to recognize what the person has to offer? People who have a disability, along with their friends and family, tirelessly advocate to be accepted for their abilities, the work they…

In January this year I took my two sons on a trip to South Africa where I grew up, to see some of their heritage, now that we’re living in New Zealand. My lifelong friend, Mandy, insisted that we spend time with elephants and she knew exactly where she wanted us to go. Adventures with…