Accessible Melbourne is a free travel guide for people with disabilities. It has accessibility information for many of the tourist attractions in Melbourne and Victoria. The guide covers sights, activities, events, accommodation and eateries. It has details of accessible transport and includes whether a venue accepts companion cards. The guide is a free ebook that is available from Lonely Planet’s website. It is best read on a laptop using the free software Kindle for PC.
“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.
Kurt Fearnley has won three gold medals for wheelchair racing at the Paralympic Games. He has raced in many marathons and crawled over the tough Kokoda track in Papua New Guinea. In his book, “Pushing the Limits: Life, Marathons & Kokoda” he shows what people with disabilities can do. He says it is important for everyone to be treated the same. He writes how his family and friends taught him to have self-confidence and not give up. His determination helped him to become a great athlete.
“Will to live’ is a book about Matthew Ames who has to have both arms and legs amputated after a catastrophic infection. The book describes his struggles on how to relearn to eat, talk and use his body. The first part of the book is written by his wife Diane who talks about the events leading up to, and including the amputations. The second part written by Matthew is about his rehabilitation and adapting to a changed life.
The book "Stronger "is about Jeff Bauman who lost both his legs in the Boston marathon bombing in 2013. It is a powerful book that shows how the bombing changed his life and the challenges Jeff went through, and continues to experience. Jeff was given great support from his family and the public, including appearing at sporting events. With great determination Jeff learns to walk again.
Kate Richards is a Melbourne writer. Her first book is called Madness: A Memoir. It is about her experience with mental illness. Parts of the book are disturbing. It contains descriptions of depression, psychosis and self-harm. But there are moments of beauty too. Kate's book has won several awards. It is very well written and has had a positive response from readers. In the end, it is an important and uplifting story.
The written word can aid in healing. Self-help books offer advice on living with disabilities. Memoirs help people relate to those who have illnesses. Novels can distract the reader from their health concerns as well as offer insights into disabilities. A reference book called The Novel Cure offers an A to Z of literary remedies. Apart from reading, writing therapy can also aid healing.
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Book Review of the book, 'Handle with Care"
Willow is a very clever five year old. She also has a condition which causes brittle bones. In the book, Handle With Care, Willow's parents go to court to fight for money to help her but some people think Willow's parents just want to be rich. Willow's family wonder if fighting for money is just making them unhappy. The book talks about the many difficulties faced for children and their families living with disabilities. This helps readers to understand their lives.
Graeme Simsion and Jo Case have written books that have Asperger's Syndrome at their centre. Both writers recently appeared at the Melbourne Writers Festival. Simsion's book is a fictional romantic comedy, called 'The Rosie Project'. Case's book, 'Boomer and Me', is a true life account of raising a son with Asperger's. The books show how diverse people with Asperger's Syndrome can be.
How To Be Sick is about using Buddhist techniques to manage chronic pain.
Toni Bernhard has written a book called How To Be Sick. It sounds like it might be full of rules and instructions but it is not. Instead it is about Buddhist ideas and practices. Toni uses these to manage her chronic illness. She explains various practices in the book, including compassion and accepting things as they are. Toni is honest about how hard it can be do. The book lists different practices to use for specific problems with chronic illness. It is not only for people who are ill. It has good advice for anyone wanting to live well.