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Life cycles

Ray Losionek sees his achievements in life as a result of a can do attitude. Initially he wanted to walk again after becoming a double amputee at the age of eight. The next stage was learning to ride a tricycle to improve his mobility. After marrying, owning his own business and raising four boys, Ray's love of cycling continues in his retirement. However, it's now about challenging himself, keeping fit and encouraging others in less fortunate countries.

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Surf access

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I had a wonderful experience with assistance getting into the surf to swim in Queensland recently. A lifeguard drove me to the water. I wondered if I could get this assistance at other beaches. I contacted Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) and learned there are different groups responsible for safety at every beach. The Beachsafe website had very helpful information on just about every beach in Australia. It has links to service providers for beaches. However, there is not accessibility or amenities information. Contacting the relevant Surf Life Saving Club, as I did, is probably the best place to start.

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Watching without watching

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Audio description allows a person with a vision impairment to follow the action in the film. After a film is made, a professional narrator records a description of what is happening on the screen. The narration is added to the film and can be heard by a person using a radio and headset in the cinema. If there is a fight or a love scene, a good describer tells the listener exactly what is happening. For example, Jack punches Fred in the chest. Cinema chains are setting up more screens with the special equipment needed for audio description. But there is still a fair way to go before every movie has audio description.

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Tour de Bali

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There is nothing more exhilarating than freewheeling down the mountainside on the back of a tandem bike in Bali. Tandem bikes are sometimes not that easy to find. But after many hours of googling I stumbled across Bali Bike Baik Tours. We travelled to the top of Mount Kintamani where our bikes, including a tandem awaited. Our guide led the way through Bali's famous rice terraces, coconut groves and charming little villages where we learned about the lifestyles of Balinese people. The tour ended with a delicious traditional Balinese banquet. I cannot wait to do it all again.

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Disability slacker pension

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Talkback radio and some newspapers seem to have it in for disability pensioners. They claim the number of disability pensioners is spiralling out of control. They say this is because there are too many 'bludgers' getting the Disability Support Pension (DSP). But the evidence says otherwise. The growth rate of people receiving the DSP has decreased over the past decade. This is despite Australia having one of the lowest employment rates for people with disabilities. And our population is increasing and getting older so there will be more people with disabilities. Convictions for defrauding the DSP are also rare.

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