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 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS...

1. WHO ARE YOU?
2. WHY THE D-ABILITY SITE?
3. WHY FOCUS ON LEISURE, ARTS, SPORTS AND LIFESTYLE?
4. WHY D-ABILITY? DO YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THE WORD "DISABILITY"?
5. WHAT DON'T YOU HAVE ON THE SITE?
6. WHY THE...?
    ‘COMMERCIAL SITES’
    ‘ORGANISATIONS’
    ‘WHAT'S NEWS!’
     RANGE OF DISABILITIES.
    ‘PEER SUPPORT’ INFORMATION.

7. HOW CAN I HELP?


1. WHO ARE YOU?

This site has been put together by the recreational therapy service (RTS) team working through the Royal Rehabilitation Centre in Sydney, Australia. Though we hope this site will have value to people everywhere.

The RTS are specialist staff working in traumatic brain injury, spinal injury and general adult rehabilitation (stroke, amputee, burns, etc) and community based rehabilitation and disability services.

Recreation therapists focus on assisting people with individual leisure goals, choices and interests so that they develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to actively participate in leisure activities at home and in the community.

The service recognises that following a disabling injury or illness, an important issue for many people; their families and friends can simply be knowing ‘what is possible’.

Often the best way of knowing what is possible is by drawing on the knowledge of others who have had similar experiences. This is an important starting point for many people in the process of rebuilding abilities, leisure interests and lifestyle.


2. WHY THE D-ABILITY SITE?

This web-site is designed to show you what’s out there, to provide a window onto a wide landscape of ability and what is possible. You can learn about your own abilities and potential. You’ll see how other people have created new lifestyle opportunities for themselves following a disabling injury or illness. You can also find out about the many products, services and organisations available.

We do this by giving you direct links to other websites that provide opportunities to be inspired so you can resume or ‘kick-start’ your own leisure interests and pursuits.


3. WHY FOCUS ON LEISURE, ARTS, SPORTS AND LIFESTYLE?

Recreation and leisure interests are often at the core of what we think of as our lifestyles and quality of life. They give us opportunities to develop personal interests, talents and abilities as well the chance of connecting more closely with family, friends and the community.

We hope this site will give you new ideas or more quickly reconnect you with the things you love doing. Recreation and leisure interests are an important way of enhancing self-confidence, self-esteem and self-image.


4. WHY D-ABILITY? DO YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THE WORD "DISABILITY"?

We have no problem with “disability”. It’s just a word after all. We only have a problem with it when it’s used by people to limit others or even themselves.

A disabling illness or injury often means people have to adjust their personal expectations in everything from relationships to hobbies. Does this mean people stop having an active and fulfilling life? No, it doesn’t.

That’s what this site is about - not giving up old interests but embracing them in a new way or channelling that energy and passion into new things.

“d-ability” is just our way of making people stop for a moment and think about the word and focus positively on abilities.


5. WHAT DON'T YOU HAVE ON THE SITE?

Rather then supplying information first hand, the d-ability website only links through to other existing websites. This means we can’t directly function as a ‘what’s on!’ guide for your local area, city or region.

Sites may exist that can supply that information for you but we won’t necessarily carry their link. It’s always well worth contacting local services, community organisations or other individuals to find out more about what’s happening in your own area. If you discover a useful website in the process that we should know about, please send it to us.

Keep in mind that many of the people featured throughout this site have had to use their own initiative in forging leisure and lifestyle activities in their area. Hopefully you can do the same!


6. WHY THE...?

‘COMMERCIAL SITES’ sites…

Wherever a commercial website has disability information specific to a particular recreation activity, then we will include a link to that site.  You may find links ranging from reading aids to equipment for mountain climbing!

These links are here to promote awareness. There is no monetary gain in this for d-ability or the Royal Rehabilitation Centre Sydney.

You should always exercise due diligence when dealing with commercial enterprises found via the d-ability site – please refer to our ‘disclaimer’ for more.

‘ORGANISATIONS’ websites…
The ‘organisations’ website links are another way of learning what other people, communities and services have achieved in disability leisure/arts/sports initiatives.

In other words…if someone, somewhere else has already ‘invented the wheel’ then this a way we can all benefit from their achievement!

For example, it may be that the windsurfing program run by ‘Access Sport America’ in Florida (USA) helps people establish a similar community program at an Australian surf club.

Again, we hope you can use these links to your advantage whether you are an individual exploring your recreation options or you belong to another similar community service.
 
‘What’s News!’ links…
The ‘WHAT'S NEWS!’ links connect you to items that have appeared in the media and relate to information for leisure activities or other relevant categories on the site.

Invariably media segments feature the individual achievements of people with disabilities and we aim to feature these wherever possible. 

RANGE OF DISABILITIES.…
Just as there’s a lot to be learned from people with the same specific disability as yourself, there’s equally a great deal to be learned from the experiences, achievements and knowledge of others with different disabilities.

Keep an open mind, explore the site fully and take the opportunity of directly contacting people to find out more about who they are and what they do. 

‘PEER SUPPORT’ INFORMATION
This is about going to the source. Who better to learn from and be guided by, than someone who’s faced the same challenges you’re now facing and asked the same questions you’re now asking?

While everyone’s experience of disability is different, the guidance and insight of people who’ve travelled the same road can add incredible depth and value to the journey.

Peer support links are fundamental to the aims of the d-ability site in assisting people to take a constructive, informed, positive approach towards life’s possibilities and opportunities.


7. HOW CAN I HELP?

We’ve worked to make the d-ability website a place that provides easy access to the real-life experiences of other people and supplies information about leisure, arts, recreation and lifestyle resources.

As we continue to build this site we hope you too can assist us in opening more ‘windows’ into the world of ability.

We welcome constructive input regarding any aspect of the site you feel warrants attention. As well, if you find relevant websites that you think we should include, then please send us a web link or e-mail.

Alternately, you can become a web ‘surfer’ for us and send in links as often as you like, it’s all for the common good!

Please get in contact anytime, we appreciate hearing from people and will do our best to continue to improve the site.

For any further questions or comments please click here or use the ‘contact us’ option on the bottom of screen…



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EUREKA FREEDOM WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE TENT website 
 Spring is here and as the days get warmer so the need to go out and sleep in a field gets stronger, at least for some. Camping is the holy grail of wheelchair adventures, getting out and traveling wherever you want, pitching a tent and sleeping wherever you want to. Sure you can pack light and spend your nights crammed into a tiny single pole affair with barely enough room to do anything. But if you dont mind extra wieght, or have that team of sherpas to carry things for you, then the Freedom tent from Eureka is perfect for the wheelchair camper looking to do things with a little more style, and comfort. Watch this short YouTube video on the setup of the tent.



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EUREKA FREEDOM WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE TENT



LONELY PLANET ACCESSIBLE TRAVEL PHRASEBOOK website 
 All travellers will get more out of their trip by being able to speak a few words of the local language, but for people with a disability it’s often vital to be able to explain your particular needs. Since standard phrasebooks are unlikely to contain the language you need to talk about needs around disability we’ve gathered together some disability-specific words and phrases and translated them into as many different languages as we practically could. Although things are slowly changing for the better, there are still plenty of barriers to travel for people with a disability – language doesn’t have to be yet another. 

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LONELY PLANET ACCESSIBLE TRAVEL PHRASEBOOK


RAIDaptive DIVING website 
 The RAIDaptive program was designed to bring the sport of diving to persons with disabilities by adapting the RAID Open Water 20 course to the abilities demonstrated by the diver with disabilities. The RAIDAptive Course is designed to teach individuals with disabilities to become certified divers with the goal of using certified RAIDaptive Dive Buddies to compensate for those skills that they cannot independently perform. The student will be certified according to the following Designations:

Designation 1- The student must be able to perform all skills independently with the exception of Entries and Exits
Designation 2 - The student must be able to perform all skills independently with the exception of Entries, Exits, Emergency Ascents, Maintaining Positive Buoyancy at the surface by oral inflation of the BCD
Designation 3 - The student must be able to breathe continuously and monitor gas supply. The student will require assistance with all other aspects of diving.
To become a certified RAIDaptive Open Water diver, the students need to have basic swimming skills, be comfortable in the water, and should be in a good overall health, have a mature attitude, sound judgement and self-discipline to follow the guidelines that they will be taught for safe diving.
Medical clearance from a registered diving Doctor is also required

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RAIDaptive DIVING


JAIMEN HUDSON - 'THE VIEW IS BETTER FROM UP HERE!' website 
 I have always been passionate about the outdoors, as a youth my days were filled with activities like riding dirt bikes, skateboarding, surfing and scuba diving. Learning to dive at age 10 only added to my love of the ocean. In 2008 I had an accident that left me a quadriplegic and in 2014 I became interested in drone photography and videography, although I wasn't sure I would be able to use the remote controller due to my reduced hand function. Since then though I've been lucky to have my work featured in many prominent media outlets and publications and have also won the Western Australia 'Young Achiever Award' in 2018. I hope you enjoy what you see...!

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JAIMEN HUDSON - 'THE VIEW IS BETTER FROM UP HERE!'


BJOERN ESER & 'THE ACTIVE AMPUTEE' website 
 I am Bjoern Eser, the creator of The Active Amputee. I am a father of three amazing children, a husband to an equally amazing wife, a thankful cancer survivor, an outdoor enthusiast, a passionate development practitioner and a very active above-the-knee amputee.
I have set up The Active Amputee as a resource page from amputees for amputees. It aims to inform, it aims to inspire and it aims to engage. Nothing more and nothing less. It‘s as simple as that.
At the moment The Active Amputee publishes a new post once a week. 

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BJOERN ESER & 'THE ACTIVE AMPUTEE'


LAP GUITAR TUTORIALS with TOM DOUGHTY website 
 These tutorials have been developed by Creative United and Tom Doughty to offer an introduction to playing Lap Guitar. Specially created to accompany workshops on his tour of the UK’s 12 Spinal Injury Units in early 2019, these tutorials are for anyone with limited upper limb movement.

Creative United is part of a consortium with OHMI, Drake Music, Youth Music and OpenUp Music, whose aim is to make music and musical instruments more widely available, particularly to disabled people for whom playing a conventional musical instrument may be difficult or impossible.



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LAP GUITAR TUTORIALS with TOM DOUGHTY







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