Fearless in Fiji
The annual CyclePower tour is on again. The ride provides funds for sport and recreation for those with disabilities. It is a daring challenge. Some people use hand-cycles. Peter Hyden says he knows it's not going to be a skip around the park. But he is looking forward to learning from others. Alex Grime is also participating for the first time. She is looking forward to the physical challenge. There are many benefits to be gained. The CyclePower tour showcases what can be achieved despite disability.
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Posted by: Kate Giles, on 04/06/13
The hidden beauty of Afghanistan
The latest exhibition at the Melbourne Museum is Afghanistan, Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul. The treasures are from four of the 1,500 archeological sites in Afghanistan. They show a rich mix of cultures from Greek, Roman, Indian, Chinese and local Bactrian, going back over 4,000 years. The treasures, thought lost or destroyed were re-discovered in 2003, safely hidden. For over 30 years, the country has been in chaos. Art such as these treasures could be at risk again in the future.
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Posted by: Maureen Corrigan, on 24/05/13
After Hours Events
At the After Hours Events held at Oakleigh Bowls Club, participants with intellectual and other learning disabilities at can enjoy partner dancing, singing and learn social and communication skills. Best of all, they can have great conversations and make new friends. Donna Gabriel uses her many talents to run this exciting program. Partner dancing is a favourite activity, which involves spending a short amount of time with everyone, using the brain with physical movement, and getting fit and active.
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Posted by: Katrina Breen, on 24/04/13
Accessibility and the Australian Open
I am a big tennis fan and enjoyed the Australian Open this year. The quarterfinals were exciting, especially from my wheelchair seat with a great view in the shade. There is a special needs office to do bookings and there is good disability information on the Australian Open website. There are lifts, disabled toilets, accessible seats and pathways. A major redevelopment of Melbourne Park is underway with many improvements to come. Melbourne is the permanent home for this first Grand Slam tennis event of the year. It is a great venue.
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Posted by: Maureen Corrigan, on 19/03/13
2013 Victorian Disability Sector Awards
The annual Victorian Disability Sector Awards is fast approaching. It aims to give people who demonstrate excellence, passion, vision and a commitment to assisting people with disabilities to achieve their goals, the recognition they deserve. If you know of anyone whom you think fits into one of the nine award categories, be sure to nominate the individual by the 13th of March 2013.
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Posted by: Phoebe Tay, on 28/02/13