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Deena at work

DES can assist businesses to install assistive technology.

Finding work can be difficult for people with a disability. A Disability Employment Service can help. They offer support to job seekers with a disability who are searching for work. They help people through all the stages of finding a job. Starting with looking and applying for work, they also support workers with a disability once they have found work A Disability Employment Service can also assist people with a disability to develop their skills. They provide access to training courses so a person can get qualifications to help them find employment.
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A brain floating in a jar filled with liquid.
Brain and a jar

Holding dreams, fears and memories.

The Mind: Enter the Labyrinth is a fascinating exhibition at the Melbourne Museum. It is all about the science of the mind. The exhibition explores psychology and psychiatry as well as mental illnesses. Its exhibits include more than just static displays. There are videos to watch and tests to take. Visitors can also take a perception-altering walk through the Ames room. Museum entry is free for those with concessions and just $12 for adults. There is no extra cost to visit The Mind: Enter the Labyrinth exhibition.
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Katie Piper

A special story.

“Beautiful” and “Beautiful ever after” are two books written by Katie Piper about her life. At 24 Katie was a beautiful English woman who was starting her modelling and television career. But when Katie decided to end a relationship with her boyfriend she became a victim of horrific violence. He raped her and a short time later organised for his friend to throw acid in her face. The books explain how hard it is for Katie to face herself in the mirror after she is left with permanent injuries. Katie also writes about her physical and mental journey to recovery.
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The personalised OwnFone screen.
ownfone

The keypad can have large print.

These days most people own a smart phone. And while the majority of people are lost without such a device, some phone companies are now realising smart phones are not on everyone’s wish list. I have friends that prefer basic and compact mobile phones that are easy to use and not expensive. There are now many choices available when it comes to the right phone for the right person.
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The hands of a child on a braille book.
braille

I learned braille as a six year-old.

Braille is a system of raised dots that enables people with a vision impairment to read and write. I learned braille as a six year-old. Learning braille enabled me to become literate. Some argue the transition from braille to computerised speech has not been welcomed by many people with a vision impairment. In my view, modern technologies have put people with a vision impairment on a more equal footing with sighted peers. While my need for braille has reduced over the years, I’ll always be grateful for its existence.
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