August Forward favourites - Forward Ability Support

August Forward favourites

We hope you’ve been enjoying our monthly Forward Favourites series as much as we’ve enjoyed creating it! Here’s the August installment of our top media picks of the month.

Image via: SBS on Demand

What we’re watching:

We Are Sexual Beings: Curious Australia

A new release by SBS under the Curious Australia initiative, this 25-minute lighthearted documentary exposes the sometimes amusing and sometimes awkward realities of being young, living with a disability and being sexually active in Australia. The episode follows three remarkably different people – Maya aged 22, Oli aged 19 and Christina aged 26 – who all have two things in common: life-altering spinal injuries and healthy sexual appetites.

Watch “We Are Sexual Beings: Curious Australia” for free on SBSonDemand.

Image via: @paraathletics on Instagram

What we’re listening to:

“Revisited: Madison de Rozario’s Path to Wheelchair Racing Fame”, a Guardian podcast.

Following her double gold medal victory at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games earlier this month, we listened to the Guardian Full Story podcast with Madison on her life and career so far.

Madison made her Olympic debut at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics when she was just 14 years old and won a silver medal in the women’s wheelchair 4 x 100m T53/54 relay event. Madison speaks about her bumpy journey as a wheelchair athlete and how the Paralympics have grown to become a powerful vehicle for change.

Listen to the entire interview by reporter Keiran Pender here.

What we’re reading:

Stronger by Dinesh Palipana OAM

This month we got stuck into Dinesh Palipana’s new book Stronger: How Losing Everything Set Me Free. Dinesh writes about the moments he remembers while being transported to the hospital after a life-changing car accident in 2010, and the conversation he had with the paramedic about his plans to return to medical school after his accident.

Stronger highlights Dinesh’s determination and commitment to completing his medical practice, going on to become the second person with quadriplegia to graduate medical school in Australia. Dinesh now sees his accident as a turning point for the better in his life, helping him clarify what was important to him.

You can purchase a copy at your local book store, online or as an audiobook.

Don’t forget to send your recommendations via Instagram or Facebook so we can include your suggestions in next month!