We want a Level Playing Field

A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD A situation in which everyone has a fair and equal chance of succeeding. Has anyone who has a disability or looks after a family member with a disability noticed how there are different rules for them than for everyone else?When Miss Chloe’s dad committed suicide a few years back, his superanuation group were not going to …

A Leaf out of Bunnings Book

 Ahhhh Bunnings, a massive business with almost as big a heart! Now this is NOT an advert for Bunnings, but  more so a pat on the back for a huge organisation that a massive amount of good to the local communities. Anyone who has visited Bunnings on a weekend knows all about the Sausage Sizzles.  But Bunnings does sooo much …

NDIS – How did they get it so wrong?

We are a huge supporter for the CONCEPT of the NDIS. It is supposed to bring respect and dignity to people with disabilities and their families. And enabled these people to lead a better life with choice and control. Sadly, the NDIS is bringing frustration, bullying, crisis’s and suspicion to this group. As if they didn’t have enough to deal …

Carers are not machines

With the advent of the NDIS, it seems the unpaid carers are not being recognised to their vital role in caring for their loved one.The NDIS is all about the person with the disability and their needs and this is a good thing.To begin with, the planners and NDIA didn’t take the welfare and well being of unpaid carers into …

We all need time with our mob

Have you ever noticed how sometimes, out of the blue, we feel a need to contact someone – a family member or an old friend; attend an activity or an event, which simply makes us feel good for no reason other than it just does? Humans are known to be creatures of a pack and so by nature, we don’t …

And so this is Christmas…

What should I buy?…It is that time of the year again?That went waaaay too quick!Are you one of those people who have trouble buying for your loved one with a disability at Christmas? Or worse, having to give suggestions to grandparents and others?Here is a few tips:Purchase gifts around what skills your loved one may be learning at the time, such …

Dear Doctors, ENOUGH!!!!

This is a letter from my book ‘Removing the Fear of Raising a Child with Down Syndrome – Waising Miss Chloe’ .Sadly, it is more relevant today than it was 4 years ago, with the advent of the Down Syndrome blood test imminent in Australia. Please don’t allow Australia, to go the way of Iceland and eliminate a group of people because..well …

Carer Tips – Language Please…..

One of the biggest divides between disability service providers or organisations and people with a disability and their families, is the language used by professionals.Goodness, some conferences even have presentations advertised as ‘easy english’.Here are a few things that need to be investigated if we want to make the disability sector vibrant, open and easy to navigate. When you don’t …

The importance of Charity Membership

Membership is so much more. There are many upsides to membership and very few downsides. One of the big benefits is feeling a part of something bigger than yourself. If a person believes in something or is passionate about something, becoming a member is a great way to walk that passion. Becoming a member of iDareU, for example, is very exciting …

Carer Tips – Prepare early for independance

We all want our children to be independent (not dependent upon us). It is most parents biggest dream AND fear.Sadly, although many dream of this, not as many actually implement strategies to teach and maintain the taught practices to their person with a disability.There seems to be a belief that they will do everything for this person and one day, …