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Jaebin and Teasha
Jaebin and Teasha

They bonded straightaway.

Jaebin is a wonderful 38-year old man. He has had hearing loss in both ears since the age of 18. He is also starting to show symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. These conditions used to get Jaebin down. However thanks to his assistance dog Teasha, he now feels happier. The dog came from the group Assisting, Wellbeing, Ability, Recovery and Empowerment Dogs Australia. This organisation provides dogs to people who are ill or have a disability. With Teasha, Jaebin finds the motivation to go to the gym. He goes there to improve his balance and coordination. It also helps him become confident by meeting and communicating with people.
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International Day of People with Disability logo
Logo

There are events happening all day.

Today is International Day of People with Disability. There are many events happening in Victoria, and around the world.
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An xray of a brain.
Brain scan

Measuring my brain activity.

Not long ago I took part in a psychological research study. The study measured brain activity in people who have schizophrenia. It is hoped the study will explain whether healthy adults also hear voices similar to people with schizophrenia. I had to complete questionnaires and do many tasks. I am glad I did the study. I challenged some of my fears. I was able to follow directions and do cognitive tasks. I also found out a lot about the general nature of the voices I hear. I would recommend this study to anyone who is interested.
2 comments - last comment on 03/12/2015

Bobby and his trainer Andrew.

Bobby Bajram has had severe Multiple Sclerosis (MS) since he was 15 years old. Over the years it's been his strength of will that refuses to give way, despite relapses of the auto-immune disease. Last year Bobby climbed to the top of Nepal's Kaa Pattar peak. It was the result of his attitude, strength and training. When he was 20, Bobby was an MS ambassador for two years. Now aged 46, he is preparing for Mount Everest, his biggest challenge yet. The haul to the top is a test for him in both mind and body.
3 comments - last comment on 15/03/2016
Pink flowers, one of which is on fire.
The MS campaign

They are burning.

Seeing MS is an innovative project that launched in 2014. It aims to make visible some of the hidden symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS). Around 20,000 Australians live with MS. It affects the central nervous system. Many of its symptoms are invisible. Through this project, nine photographs were created. Each one shows a particular symptom. An app was also developed. It allows people to put special filters onto their photographs to show what it is like to have MS. This project has had many positive outcomes. People with MS say it’s easier now to explain their experience of the illness.
4 comments - last comment on 13/04/2015
A man holding his hand to his ear to listen.
I am completely deaf in my right ear.

I am deaf in my right ear.

When I was young I was diagnosed with “profound unilateral hearing loss”, which sounds like something you get from thinking too deeply. In fact, it means I am completely deaf in my right ear. As a teenager there were some nights where being half-deaf felt like a superpower. In bed I could roll over onto my working ear and blot out noise completely. Another perk is a game I call “friend-shui”. When I go to dinner, I position my friends around my “good ear”. If I’d like to talk to somebody, I make sure that they sit next to me, while those who have annoyed me are shooed to the end of the table.
1 comment - on 16/01/2015
Ceramic figurines depicting the nativity scene.
Nativity scenes and songs date back to the Middle Ages.

Nativity scenes and songs date back to the Middle Ages.

It’s that time of the year when the sounds of Christmas are everywhere. Hearing my favourite carol makes me think about the tradition of singing carols at Christmas. Carols have a long history dating back to the middle ages. Nativity scenes, plays and Christmas songs were developed in the 13th century. In 1647 Christmas songs were banned in England because they were seen as being inappropriate. Many of the Christmas festivities we know today were re- adopted in England in the 19th century.
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Swab applicators in glass tubes.
swabs

A swab is taken from the cervix.

Pap tests are part of good health care for women. They can help prevent cervical cancer. Every woman who has been sexually active needs to have a Pap test every two years. But not all women with disabilities have access to regular tests. There are several reasons for this. PapScreen Victoria is aware of these problems. They have resources on their website for women with disabilities. This includes information about accessible clinics. Pap tests save lives. It is important for women to be able to have them.
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Two women sitting and facing one another. Their faces aren't shown.
counselling

Counselling got me back on track.

When people learn that I am vision impaired, more often than not I am greeted with annoying responses. Because I have challenges doesn't mean I'm abnormal or a "poor thing". Moving forward after developing a vision impairment took lots of counselling. However, it has allowed me to be independent. Dealing with feelings and learning to adapt and adjust has enriched my life. And just because my journey is different, I now have to learn how to respond to and deal with inappropriate replies.
2 comments - last comment on 24/11/2014
Ski fields and a close-up of a person's ski boots
skiing

It's well worth giving it a go.

The Vision Impaired Blind and Everyone (VIBE) Ski club is based at Mount Baw Baw in Victoria. The club promotes opportunities for people who are blind or vision-impaired to ski. Peggy is vision-impaired and has been involved in the club for many years. Peggy skis with a sighted guide who wears a high-visibility vest. Her guide gives her verbal directions. If the weather is good and Peggy can see enough, she follows her guide. When visibility is poor, Peggy skies beside her guide and holds onto the guide's ski pole.
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