Recently I was feeling a bit overwhelmed. It’s wonderful to have NDIS funding for BJ to try new activities but research takes so much time. I’m determined BJ should have the opportunity to try new activities and lead a varied and full life but there isn’t a central place to find the information. My lovely friend, who is an occupational therapist and knows BJ well, swooped in to the rescue and
The 40 minute drive from Canberra to Tidbinbillla proved worthwhile with two great wheelchair accessible attractions on offer. Our first stop was at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve which you can read about here. The next stop was at the Canberra Space Centre (CSC) which is located on the grounds of the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex. The Canberra Space Centre offers visitors the chance to learn about the
Sponsored. Our family recently joined Hireup, an online platform for finding and hiring support workers. BJ’s NDIS plan has given him greater freedom to access the community to pursue his interests, but for him to do that, he needs an enthusiastic support worker by his side. We’re not prepared to settle when it comes to the people supporting BJ. We want him to be surrounded
We’ve visited Canberra many times but hadn’t discovered Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve until a friend recently told me about it. Canberra is overflowing with wheelchair accessible activities so we usually don’t look beyond the city but on my friend’s recommendation we took the 40 minute drive from Canberra to Tidbinbilla. The Nature Reserve is a gem with its bountiful wildlife and accessible walks and definitely one to put on your list of wheelchair accessible attractions to
Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is one of the many attractions in Cairns and surrounding areas which is often on visitor’s ‘must-see’ list. It’s wheelchair accessible and provides and an easy way to safely get up close to local wildlife. The crocodiles are the highlight for many but Hartley’s has a range of Australian animals and the educational presentations will ensure you leave with some cool facts and figures.
Outdoor winter festivals are fast becoming a winter school holiday family favourite so I’m thrilled to see councils improving access and inclusion. Last week we headed to the Parramatta Winterlight with the promise of an accessible ice rink.` As I’ve previously mentioned, AJ has been a long-time skater, taking weekly skate lessons and spending much of these school holidays at a local rink. BJ is always keen
School holidays are upon us and I remember all too well the scramble to find accessible activities to fill a whole two weeks, which catered to both BJ and AJ. BJ has an insatiable desire to be out every day and pop up events are my friend because of the variety they provide. There’s only so many times you can visit the same museums and attractions. However,
We believe Taronga Zoo is a must-see attraction for anyone visiting Sydney but its location on a hill does mean there are some challenges regarding ease of access is you are using a manual wheelchair. We were zoo friends for many years and visited each school holidays so we know our way around the zoo and have learnt a few tips and tricks which makes a visit easier. Recently
Yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) to see the Bella Plus Connect program in action. This is a program for people with a disability or access requirements with the motto, “Art is for everyone.” My visit coincided with the monthly community drop-in day. What I saw was a dynamic environment where people can be creative and social with
With only a weekend in Melbourne, I had a long list of accessible places I wanted to check out including Alice’s Playspace, a Touched By Olivia accessible playground. I remember seeing the photos of the opening several years ago, and it looked like a fabulous dynamic playground with many features to inspire play for children with mobility restrictions. I was keen to see it in
Today my friend Sue is guest blogging about the great day her family, including her 3 kids, had at the Early Start Discover Space. It sounds like a fabulous way to entertain the kids these holidays and an easy day trip from Sydney. Over to you Sue. With a background as an Occupational Therapist, I am always keen to find activities for my children that
“Our arms are wide open. Everyone has a space and is welcomed and catered for. You will always feel a sense of inclusion” That’s the opener on the accessibility tab on the Eagle Skylift Arthurs Seat website. The recently opened attraction has gone the extra mile to ensure that it’s accessible to all. And there’s certainly a feeling of inclusion with enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff keen to share information
On our recent trip to Melbourne we checked out three beaches which have outstanding accessible facilities. I’ve already written about Altona Beach (you can catch up here) but I thought I’d pop all three options into one post so if you’re a local, or visiting the area, you can pick one from the list. Or, why not try all three? It’s so wonderful to have choice.
We had the opportunity to attend the opening night of the Sydney Santa Spectacular at Rosehill. It was a charity night and each guest was asked to take along a gift which would be delivered to the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. The guys from Camp Quality were there with their puppets and enthusiastic staff selling Camp Quality Christmas crackers. I’m always keen to see if pop-up events
We were lucky that our trip to Melbourne last weekend coincided with an accessible come and try day at Altona Beach (about 30 minutes from Melbourne CBD). I’ve been in email contact with Tom Bevan, the enthusiastic Metro Access and Inclusion Officer at Hobsons Bay City Council, so I’d heard about the successful trial of beach matting and beach wheelchairs last year. I was pleased