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 …

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 …

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 – 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, …

Carer Tips – going the distance better!

When a loved one is first diagnosed with a disability, people tend to go into shock for a while. From there, it is full steam ahead, as they madly chase around to find the very best outcomes for the person. Many carers remain in this mode and even when things are calmer, they find things to keep them at the crisis-driven, …

The Art of Giving

There are so many ways of giving. We can give our time, our love, presents, donate to causes…the list goes on. But to me, the most generous and kindest way of giving is to give from the heart and to give unconditionally. This is not at all easy to do – although I am sure this is what we THINK …

The NDIS Rollout – More than an inconvenience for too many

As anyone who reads my blogs knows, I am a massive fan of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) – once it is rolled out and working properly. What you may not be aware of is that I am extremely nervous about the journey in getting to that point. I regularly mention in the Imagine Better workshop that I see …

Community Inclusion – The Norm

iDareU recently hosted a Community Fair. People with disabilities sold things they created alongside small businesses in the community and iDareU selling lots of amazing, pre-loved things. We made a decision to not use the word ‘inclusion’ anywhere in the advertising. “WHY?” – I hear you ask. Inclusion needs to STOP being an announcement and needs to become so common and …