Still Alive and Kicking.

I could say just got back from a six-month road trip in my new car, “I wish” but in reality I have just been taking some “blogging down time”

Recent media exposure about sexual assault towards people with disabilities is a good reason to start commentating again.

Yes we know it’s disgusting & wrong, let’s hope that there is a National enquiry across the whole sector.

The extremely sad thing is, no one knows about the person with disability that was sexual assault last night…….

A quick update on what’s been keeping me busy.

  • Ongoing involvement as an independent panellist on interview panels with the NDIA
  • Proudly the VALID Peer Support to Buy Support groups continue to grow with new ones been created in the Barwon Region (Geelong) thanks to funding from the NDIA to VALID
  • I have recently stepped down as a board member from the EW Tipping Foundation/Vista and now working as a Project Officer two days a week focusing on spreading the word about the services they offer to people with disabilities and their families.
  • Not disability related, but I am also volunteering as an English tutor at Holmesglen, and loving it.

I will continue to “Commentate” via my blog but the frequency will depend on topics that I believe are important to get out there.

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Front Row Seats

We all dread being assessed.

Assessments are not all about funding, they are also about balancing your goals and priorities whilst living with a disability.

The outcome of the assessment depends a lot on the individuals who are conducting the assessment and the information you give them.

To improve your chances for a positive outcome try my, “Race Approach” approach.

  • Research
  • Attitude
  • Creativity
  • Engagement

I do believe this approached really helped me as now, for the 1st time in my life, sit in the front of my car.

Two words from the “RACE Approach” are especially important.

Attitude – Creativity

I sincerely thank the following professionals who worked with me (without mentioning names) to achieve my goal after many years.

It was a great experience to work with individuals who are so client focused, thank you all.

Now Sitting in the Front of My New Car

Whilst sitting front row in my new car I picked up a hitchhiker on my travels, her name is Marita Cheng from 2Mar Robotics.

I am having a sneak preview of A Robotic Arm that can be controlled using your smart phone.

No, robots are not driving our cars yet, but it can wipe my bum.

Stay connected I will be doing a full review you on this amazing technology soon.

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Captains Cove & Paynesville – Holiday Destination

One day late with my post, I will use a current excuse we are hearing at the moment, “Easter”

A couple weeks ago I spent a weekend in Paynesville  Victoria with friends and really found it an easy place to negotiate looking through the “wheelchair lens”

A holiday destination where I can look at boats and water whilst sipping a coffee or a glass of RED really helps me charge my batteries (not literally)

The place we stayed is called Captains Cove.

For my requirements such as a “role in shower” it was great.

The operators of Captains Cove acknowledge their unit is not fully wheelchair accessible so I suggest if interested give them a call and find out a bit more about the layout.

Captains Cove at Paynesville a great place for total relaxation.

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