A strong support network is an vital part of living a rich and fulfilling life for any individual, and it is particularly essential when facing the challenges of disability and illness.
There are hundreds of organisations across Australia that passionately advocate for and serve the needs of people with disabilities. The services provided by these groups vary from social support and daily living assistance, to skills-based learning and everything in between. There are also many groups that provide support and advice for carers, friends, and family members, as well as education and training for professionals who work in the disability industry.
Adapted swimming is a versatile sport which boasts a variety of therapeutic benefits for people with disabilities. With a few small changes, pools can be made accessible to allow swimmers from all walks of life to take part in an all-body workout with little to no strain, impact, or pain.
Wheelchairs are a doorway to the world of adaptive sports and fitness for many people with disabilities, and just like any other athletic gear, individual sporting disciplines demand specific features. For this reason, many sports-focused wheelchairs can be customised to suit the individual and the activity. Such adaptations can include making wheelchairs lighter and more aerodynamic for speed, reinforcing frames for stability, and even adding attachments with which to carry sporting accessories.
I am an intrepid adventurer who has osteogenesis imperfecta - which means that my bones are brittle and break easily, and often for no clear reason. Osteogenesis imperfecta is a genetic disease that affects how my body produces collagen, the protein that helps to strengthen bones. Because of this, I use a wheelchair to help me get around.
It’s easy to understand why the prospect of raising children can seem daunting. However, if your child has a physical or mental disability, the future challenges of parenting can seem almost impossible. Although children with disabilities may require extra care and support, don’t forget that you to can seek out emotional assistance from family and friends.