January Forward favourites - Forward Ability Support

January Forward favourites

We’re kicking off 2023 with our most-loved series, our Forward Favourites for January! We hope you enjoy reading about our top media picks for the month as much as we love curating them.

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What we’re watching:

Embrace Kids

This documentary film produced by Australian writer, film director and 2023 Australian of the Year Taryn Brumfitt explores the relationship children have with their bodies and covers topics including social media, disability, gender identity, representation and diversity. The film features Forward Scholarship recipient, Alex Noble and shares his story of embracing a different way of living after sustaining a spinal cord injury.

Find out more here.

What we’re listening to:

Intensive Care Network, Ep. 3: The acute management of spinal cord injury

The Intensive Care Network podcast series covers a range of topics, from education to stories from the emergency room and specialist episodes for healthcare professionals. In this episode, ‘The acute management of spinal cord injury’, they highlight the moments after someone has experienced a spinal cord injury and how to provide support to someone with an SCI.

Listen to it here.

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What we’re reading:

Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You. By Sonia Sotomayor

Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You, by Sonia Sotomayor is a children’s book that talks about the different disabilities that children may experience. It highlights that kids shouldn’t be afraid to ask questions when curious about different disabilities. The book shares stories of disability and is written in such a way that anyone, any age will enjoy.

Available here.

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What we’re loving:

Australian Story: The Man in Bed 10

This episode of Australian Story features Dinesh Palipana and follows the accident that changed his life as a young medical student in Queensland. After sustaining a spinal cord injury, Dinesh thought he would never be able to fulfil his dream of becoming a doctor. But through his strength, determination and commitment, he worked his way to become the second person with paraplegia to graduate as a doctor with Australia. In this Australian Story special, Dinesh talks about how his personal relationship transformed and the importance of establishing a support circle.

Watch the entire episode on ABC iView here.

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