Monash Human Library and New Book

Last week, on March 29, I was a keynote speaker at the Monash Human Library which was held in the Peninsular campus. This was conducted to an audience of about 100 OTs – both students and professionals. My keynote speech explored the individualistic pursuits of Friedreich’s Ataxia which can be summarised as follows: Continue reading “Monash Human Library and New Book”

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Furthering Mutual Respect: Some Thoughts on Giving Sexuality its Due and Friedreich’s Ataxia

 Introduction:

I want to discuss a disorder that afflicts me. Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA) will eventually leave the person afflicted with severe socioeconomic and medical restrictions. And because of this many people with FA are constantly subjected to stereotypes, as losers. We are unfairly harassed, and our abnormal features and functions as a result of the disability doesn’t make our life any easier. Believe me. My experience is that many people – it doesn’t matter what walk of life – believe they know best for an FA suffered and will then apply the stereotype to tell them what they can and can’t do.

Does this sound fair to you? Continue reading “Furthering Mutual Respect: Some Thoughts on Giving Sexuality its Due and Friedreich’s Ataxia”

Disability is a Human Trait

To have empathy concerning people with disabilities is the possible key to the social inclusiveness for many people with severe disabilities; this must be based on the pragmatic education of equitable logic. Empathy is the ability to understand and immerse in another person’s perspective.  For example, what we believe or think may not be the same as what really is.

So then, why is empathy so poorly understood, and frequently misunderstood?

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Six and a Half Years of **it

My ongoing request is a complaint, like the persistent complaining of a broken record. It is simply pointing out the fact I have no cognitive impairments, just purely Friedreich’s Ataxia.

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AN URGENT AND SERIOUS CHALLENGE

In this piece I want to give a presentation on how I see my own contribution being made from within the confines of my own situation. I am assuming that I am just like everyone else in that I have a ‘situation’ and it is primarily up to me to deal with it. But then there are aspects of my ‘situation’ that most people don’t have to deal with. Continue reading “AN URGENT AND SERIOUS CHALLENGE”

‘Customers’ Living in Shared Supported Accommodation

Yooralla likes to standardise all residents as customers.

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