Deformity is Deformity – Thanks Elephant Man

I went & saw the play The Real & Imagined History of The Elephant Man recently by Tom Wright.

No it wasn’t a copy of the movie or the book that we all know, but it was based on that story.

Deformity, do you stare, look away, touch, laugh, or cry?

It’s probably best that I don’t give too much away because of risk I may take away the “WOW” factor for those who are planning to see it.

As Joseph Merrick stood in his underwear on a chair as 2 nurses with long “stick pointers” described the folds of skin, his skeletal curves & other deformities, it really reminded me of some bad memories as a kid.

It was a small cast however Daniel Monks & Emma J Hawkins were fantastic & both have their own personal challenges.

Do make an effort to see this play.

The Real & Imagined History of The Elephant Man play is showing at the Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne only until 27th Aug 2017.

 

Stop Here, Reduce Your Anxiety

Excuse me, can you tell me where we are”?

As a wheelchair user on a crowded train, no way can I tell when I am approaching my train stop.

Innovation that gives people more confidence & can reduces anxiety when using public transport is fantastic 

The Stop Here mobile phone app is for commuters using Melbourne Metropolitan trains.

This app gives Audio & Visual notification from your mobile phone when you are arriving at your desired train station.

Yes that’s right, it’s a GPS type technology that helps us train travellers.

This app would also be useful for people from other countries where English as a Second Language (ESL) or from a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) background.

Missing your train stop can be a real “Anxiety Trigger” when alternative methods of transport are limited.

So even if you may not use it yourself, why wouldn’t you put it on your phone to show others who could benefit?

What’s App?

Every now and then I do a  brief “Disability App Scan” to see what’s out there.

The following 5 at first glance, seem to be quite interesting, however with all types of technology,  a bit of research is required.

You will notice I have included some Youtube clips to help you get a better understanding about these apps offer.

Hoping they are of interest to you? Let me know.

Be My Eyes

Be the eyes for a blind person in need of help remotely through a live video connection if you are sighted or be assisted by the network of sighted users if you are blind.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/be-my-eyes-helping-blind-see/id905177575?mt=8

https://youtu.be/Y7bxlR-MxxM

The National Relay Service

The app gives NRS users mobile access to a range of NRS services.

The app is a world-first in combining a range of relay calls and support functions in a single app for smartphones and tablets.

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/nrs-app/id935552036?mt=8

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.gov.communications.nrsapp&hl=en

https://youtu.be/aTzOtdFGMVM

Avaz Australia – AAC App for Autism (Augmentative Picture Communication Software for Children with Special Needs)

Avaz is a full-featured, award-winning, research-based AAC app, that facilitates communication in children with autism spectrum disorders, Down sydrome, Angelmans syndrome, cerebral palsy, and other speech disabilities. Avaz is designed to make speech therapy more effective, develop the child’s language and improve his/her intent to communicate.

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/avaz-australia-aac-app-for/id658814291?mt=8

Stepping Stones – Daily Routines

This simple app allows users to create visual guides – or ‘paths’ – using their own photos, so as to make sense of daily routines and schedules or stories. These visual supports help to increase the independence and flexibility that people with developmental disabilities can experience in their lives, as well as teaching essential life skills and assisting with sequential processing.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/stepping-stones-daily-routines/id673876719?mt=8

myAssessor

The myAssessor app enables My Aged Care assessors to undertake assessments where they do not have access to the internet. The app allows functionality from the My Aged Care assessor portal to be available on the mobile device, allowing the assessor to capture important client details, perform an assessment using an electronic version of the National Screening and Assessment Form (NSAF) and create a preliminary Support Plan.

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/myassessor/id1001018890?mt=8

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.gov.dss.acg.myassessor

Samsung-DOWELL-App

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