Newsflash: People with Down Syndrome don’t ‘Suffer’ from Down Syndrome

If I could get a dollar for every time someone says, “She suffers from Down syndrome”, I would never need to work again! The fact is in most cases of Down syndrome, it is just an extra chromosome, 21 in every cell. Just like we don’t ‘suffer’ from our 46 chromosomes per cell, people with Down syndrome don’t ‘suffer’ from …

The Invisibility of Disability

Have you ever noticed when you are out shopping with your loved one who has a disability that retail or hospitality staff will ask YOU what THEY want? Miss Chloe has always watched them to see whether I am going to speak for her AND if I do…she has ALWAYS contradicted me!! I spent a few years feeling guilty that …

Let the Mountain come to you

Recently I was involved in a Regional Toastmasters competition where the standard of speeches was exceptionally high. However, there was one speech that really resonated with me and my life. The speaker was speaking about mountain climbing and how he kept looking up to see how far he had to go or looking down to see how far up he …

Many disabilities DON’T have a wheelchair

There seems to be this very strange practice creeping into society at the moment. It is also very disturbing! People with disabilities are coming back to their cars to find rude notes attached to the windscreen.They have been parked in a disability spot, they have a disability permit to park there and yet people are taking it upon themselves to …

Let them Flap till they Soar

iDareU recently hosted a workshop to assist carers of loved ones with a disability to become ‘naturally’ involved in their local community. I decided to eliminate all the ‘YEAH BUTS’ and other excuses why this can’t be done at the beginning of the session. There wasn’t one valid reason for not being involved in the local community. The most interesting …

I’m a Loud & Proud Carer!!!

“It wasn’t a conscious choice to become a carer of a child with a disability. It certainly wasn’t on my list of ‘to-dos when I grow-up’, but it is the hand I was dealt.”We have a choice when we become carers, we can begrudge the lot we have been given  – or we can accept it and make the most …

Now over to YOU!!!!

This blog is going to be a little different.  One of the big goals for iDareU is to have all carers and people with disabilities empowered and standing in their own light.   Yes Yes, I know…that’s a big ask, I hear you say – but hey, we have to start small and dream big, I say.So I am inviting …

iDareU – Creating change for the better

 There is something very magical about Jan 1st. For me and every person I have ever met, this magical date gives of a sense that something new and better, is just around the corner. On New Years Eve, my favorite thing do to is to stay at home and reflect over my year just gone. On New Years day, I …

Wishing Everyone a very Merry Christmas

The thing I love most about Australia is our diversity.  I am certainly not an original Australian but I am the seventh generation. So my family settled here close to the beginning of European settlement.I find it very sad that for whatever reason our world is going backwards when it comes to tolerance of other peoples differences. It seems in …

iDareU – Dreams CAN become reality

Inspiring people with Disabilities through Awareness, Resources, Empowerment and Unity. I had a dream to give people who have a child with a disability or have a disability empowerment, dignity and inspiration. For whatever reason, these are some of the things that are taken from us when we find ourselves in one or the other (or both ) of the …