October 2015 | Volume 24 Issue 4 - Link Disability Magazine

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October 2015 | Volume 24 Issue 4

Editorial Editor Rebecca Somerfield E [email protected] Creative Director Rachel Tortorella


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Golden girl The star of the 2012 London Olympics has her sights set on Rio.

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Letters News Products & Services Dignity for Disability Kelly Vincent MLC’s column Isabella Fels on her new home Nova Focus on Ability Film Awards Meet author Honey Brown Feature: Sport, travel and leisure

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Building better lives for young people in nursing homes Business advice: How to write Music writer Anthea Skinner reports on a Christmas performance for the deaf community Meet the CEO of the Cora Barclay Centre, Michael Forwood Books What’s on Breakthroughs Social Scene

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October 2015 — Vol 24/4

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LINK: From the editor

FROM THE EDITOR There’s nothing like travel for rest, relaxation and broadening the horizons and this edition of Link gives you plenty of inspiration for your next holiday. Whether it’s cruising the seven seas like Richard Sowerbutts (page 30), exploring Far North Queensland with our resident travel writer Marayke Jonkers (page 26) or visiting developing countries with intrepid brother and sister travelling team Verena and Tobias Streitferdt (page 32), it seems that tourism operators around the world are beginning to recognise the importance of catering for travellers of all abilities. With the 2016 Rio Paralympics less than one year away this edition we also meet six aspiring Paralympians. Their stories provide plenty of food for thought and reinforce how important it is for people with disability to have access to sport. We also chat with golden girl Ellie Cole, who brought home a swag of medals from the London 2012 Paralympics, and catch up with acclaimed author Honey Brown who tells us how writing was an important part of coming to terms with her disability. We also hear from Dignity for Disability MLC Kelly Vincent on why people with disability must have a presence on the NDIA Board. Finally, a reminder that Link is always looking for submissions from readers. If there’s something you want to get off your chest then write us a letter; get creative and pen a poem or short story - you can even send us a great photograph you’ve taken. We also love receiving ideas for longer stories from budding journalists so feel free to send us your ideas.