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 …

Why should I pay?

This is a question I hear many times when we do our workshops. People want to know why they have to pay for the workshop and during the workshop they want to know why, with the NDIS, they will have to pay for everything. This is a direct result of the Government creating a welfare mentality within the disability sector …

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 …

Burnt Toast Syndrome

I  have 2 pieces of toast  – one in each hand. In one hand I have a beautiful golden brown piece. The smell reminds me of a cosy family kitchen. In the other hand, I hold something you find in the bottom of a camp fire – burnt toast. Which one would you choose? Let me add something to this scenario: these are …

Businesses: get disability friendly!

Yesterday in Carlton (Melbourne) seemed to be one of those bazaar days when Chloe was invisible to everyone else except me! We decided to visit one of our favourite and very well known food places in Carlton. Miss Chloe had completed her lovely lunch and decided she wanted an ice-cream. There were a couple of people at the counter waiting …

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 …