Graham Clements

A portrait photo of Graham Clements
Graham Clements

I have fought bushfires racing up the hills around Heyfield. I have scheduled television commercials in freezing Ballarat. I have even tossed bean sprouts in a shed in Sydney. I now live in rural Victoria where I write science fiction. Literature, science, technology, the environment and gardening are some of my many interests.

 

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Accessible Melbourne book cover
Accessible Melbourne book cover

A travel guide on accessibility.

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.
2 comments - last comment on 12/02/2016
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ABC iview logo

Trial runs until June 2016.

The ABC is trialling audio description (AD) on its iview service. AD describes non-verbal action during a television program. AD can greatly enhance the television experience of people with a vision impairment. It can describe where a scene is set or what a character is wearing. The trial is currently limited to the iview website and the iview app. Vision Australia is disappointed the trial is limited to only iview. It also wants the government to make AD mandatory on Australian television.
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Smart home options on a phone.
Smart home phone

Controlling a house via your phone.

Finding a house to live in can be very difficult for people with disabilities. Apart from cost, houses are rarely easily accessible for people with disabilities. The federal government has created design guidelines to help make houses more accessible. Smart house technology can make houses even more disability friendly. The technology gives people with disabilities easy control of household functions like temperature and lighting. It can enable people to live a more independent life.
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A spaceship in the sky
Alien spaceship

Seeking actors to battle aliens

How would people with disabilities fair if aliens invaded? A new science-fiction comedy web-series aims to play with that situation. The series is set in Australia and has four main characters with a variety of disabilities. The series creators have previously made a documentary and comedy short film about people with disabilities. They are currently looking for actors to play teenage characters with autism, Down syndrome, low vision, and one who uses a wheelchair. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply. But hurry, auditions will take place soon.
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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.
1 comment - on 08/08/2015
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A disability parking sign.
Disability parking sign

Drivers need to have a valid permit.

Illegal parking in disability spots inconveniences people with disabilities. Only people with valid permits can use disability parking spots. Local councils issue the permits. In Victoria people who don’t have a valid permit can be fined $148. People who illegally park in disability spots might also find a photo of their car on the internet for all to see. Disability activist Samantha Connor has created an online group to shame people who illegally park their cars. The site has hundreds of pictures of illegally parked cars. Taking pictures can result in confrontations with drivers. So reporting illegal parking to councils is a safer option.
7 comments - last comment on 04/03/2016
A photo of the actor RJ Mitte
RJ Mitte

RJ Mitte is in high demand.

Many characters with disabilities appeared in major films last year. They were in films like “The Theory of Everything”, “Still Alice”, “Gone Girl” and “American Sniper”. But just about all those characters were played by actors who did not have the character’s disability. Characters with disabilities are rarely seen in Australian movies and on television. Australian actress Kate Hood says not enough scripts are being written by writers with disabilities about people with disabilities. Casting agencies find it hard to get roles for people with disabilities. Actors Equity wants more characters with disabilities played by actors with disabilities.
2 comments - last comment on 13/04/2015
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Julianne Moore plays Alice.

Julianne Moore plays Alice.

“Still Alice” is a recently-released movie about a woman diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. It tells the story of university professor Dr Alice Howland. The disease causes memory and thinking problems. Alice is ashamed of the effects the disease has on her. The movie is based on a novel by Lisa Genova, whose grandmother had dementia. Alice is realistically portrayed by Julianne Moore who has won many awards for her performance, including an Oscar. “Still Alice” is a sad movie that offers little hope to those with Alzheimer’s.
2 comments - last comment on 27/02/2015
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Movie poster with actors playing Stephen Hawking and Jane Wilde Hawking.
Movie poster A Theory of Everything

A quality biographical drama. 

“The Theory of Everything” is an award-winning film about Stephen Hawking. Stephen Hawking is one of the world’s most-known scientists. He is also well known because he has motor neuron disease. The movie is based on a book written by his first wife Jane Wilde Hawking. The movie does not sensationalise his disability. Instead, it shows him and his wife facing life’s frustrations with optimism. Eddie Redmayne convincingly portrays Hawking. Redmayne and the movie have been nominated for a number of Academy Awards. It is a movie for those who enjoy entertaining biographical dramas.
1 comment - on 11/02/2015
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A man searching for a job in the newspaper
A man searching for a job in the newspaper

Finding it hard to get work.

People with disabilities can find it hard to get work. People with disabilities are employed less than people without a disability. There are many reasons for this. A person’s disability may limit the jobs they can do. A disability might make it hard for a person to go to school and learn the skills necessary for many jobs. Many people with disabilities need flexible working conditions that are not always available. Another reason is because employers may not hire people with disabilities. The unemployment rate for people with a disability is nearly twice that of those who do not have a disability.
1 comment - on 21/01/2015
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