Social Networks

For most of us, living a life without our online social networks is not comprehensible. After all, you are currently reading this blog post online, the comments are interactive, this post is being shared and promoted across multiple platforms and is likely to prompt responses and reactions that will spark thought and feedback and may

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Disability and Isolation

Dorelle and Heather have been close friends for over 10 years, and over that time their relationship has evolved, as many do, from one of polite acquaintance through to love and mutual trust. What is noteworthy about Dorelle and Heather is that Dorelle is a retiree in her mid-seventies, and Heather, a fifty-year-old woman with

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Getting help in Melbourne

In 2011, the Department of Health reported on a survey they had conducted in Victoria where they interviewed people with an intellectual disability about a whole range of matters. One of the focus areas was the lived experience of receiving help from family, friends, neighbors and community members. The survey found that there is generally

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High cost of a poor System

Imagine living on $360 per week, and having only this income to pay for your accommodation, food, clothes, transport and leisure. This is the reality that many Australians with a disability face, and the reason that so many are living close to or below the poverty line. In 2013, $15 billion was spent to provide

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