Articles

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A Day in the Life of a Guide Dog
Through a phone mounted to Ally the golden Labrador's harness, you can see life from a guide dog's perspective, as she guides her owner Sarah Hirst, who is vision impaired, around Sydney.

Community Attitudes to People with Disability
A report on ‘Community attitudes to people with disability: scoping project‘ was released earlier in 2012. The scoping report was undertaken by the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC), investigating current research on community attitudes towards people with disability. This report investigates current research on community attitudes towards people with disability. It was an initial step towards building an evidence base on Australian community attitudes to people with disability, on the impact of these attitudes on outcomes for people with disability and on effective policies for improving community attitudes.

Amy Sequenzia - "Non-Speaking, Low-Functioning"
An insight into one woman’s experiences with being labelled as a "low-functioning autistic".

Thomas Kuzma - "Finding light in a dark place on path from loner to multimedia artist"
SMH Article - Alone no more ... despite having Asperger's syndrome, Thomas Kuzma, 21, avoided loneliness by finding others who share his passions for video games and cartoon characters.

"We Belong" - Report Investigating the experiences, aspirations and needs of adults with Asperger’s disorder and high functioning autism
An Australian first survey has discovered that the majority of adults with Asperger’s disorder and high functioning autism are not able to get the support they need to achieve their goals and aspirations. Instead, these people (around 97,000) face years of struggle with isolation, mental health issues and a lack of fulfilling employment. "We Belong" findings further outline that educational experiences for people in this group are characterised by social isolation, failure to meet learning support needs, harassment and bullying which results in years of struggle with ongoing mental health issues.

Maureen Piggot "What’s IT Got To Do With Me?"
Maureen Piggot explores ways in which people with learning disabilities use computers and IT to learn, express ideas and to become more included.

Shelly Baer "The Beauty Disability"
Shelly educates audiences about disabled women, body image and sexuality, and is expanding her voice as a woman with a disability to reframe society's narrow definitions of self-esteem and beauty.

"The Spoon Theory"
An interesting take on one woman’s experience with chronic illness.

Amy Purdy, Adaptive Athlete
When she was 19, Amy Purdy lost both her legs below the knee. Now she's a pro snowboarder. In this powerful talk, she shows us how to draw inspiration from life's obstacles.

Disability, Resilience and Achieving the Supposedly Impossible: Jeanette Purkis
Jeanette Purkis is a woman with Asperger Syndrome making her way in the world. She's forging a public sector career, and is a successful artist and author. She wants us to think and act differently about adversity, opportunity, ability and independence.