Small Town Victoria Becomes the Model for Inclusivity

We’ve certainly come a long way since people with disabilities were shunned from society and put to work in sheltered workshops, and more and more we are seeing the principles of accessibility and inclusivity embraced by the wider community. Nowhere is this more evident than in Hamilton, a small town in rural Victoria. You may never have heard of it, but this forward-thinking community is leading the way when it comes to inclusiveness for people with disabilities.

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2016: The Year that Twenty Good News Stories Went Viral

It’s fashionable to complain about how awful 2016 was but there were a lot of good news stories that flew under the radar this year, and it always pays to remind ourselves that we are capable of wonderful acts of strength, kindness, generosity and warmth. Heart warming, inspiring and life-affirming – here are 20 of our favourite stories from 2016.

1. Isaiah Bird plays American football with no legs

10 Times that Hollywood Got Special Needs Right

Hollywood and the mainstream media in general is notorious for their negative, dismissive or inaccurate portrayals of people with disabilities. In some cases they seem to get it right, and are able to portray the nuances of disability without being patronising or stereotypical. Here are ten great movies about people with special needs:

1. Ray

The Boy and the Dog Who Communicate Through Sign Language

Connor Guillet has a new best mate. Her name is Ellie, a foster dog. This kind of story plays out on a regular basis all over the world, but Connor and Ellie share a special bond – they communicate through sign language.

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