We’re back this month with the September edition of our Forward Favourites. This month, we’re featuring the accessible travel blog, Free Wheel Weekends, SCI stories from The Unaffected podcast and disability employment initiatives.
What we’re watching:
Free Wheel Weekends was started by Ryan Smith of The Access Agency as an information hub for wheelchair travellers searching for accessible travel tips, accommodation, restaurants and events. The website features travel guides and videos from Ryan’s trips worldwide, from Egypt to New Zealand. In this video, ‘Sailing on the Nile (as a wheelchair user),’ Ryan and Rocca share their experience on a traditional Egyptian felucca boat along the Nile.
Image via: The Unaffected Podcast
What we’re listening to:
The Unaffected Podcast by friends Nick Dempsey & exercise physiologist Jack Johnson shares the ‘unheard stories of those affected by a loved one’s disability, illness or condition.’ Co-host Nick sustained a C4 spinal cord injury after misjudging a dive in his backyard pool in 2017 on his 21st birthday. As a water polo player, Nick had to adjust to a new way of living alongside his family and friends, who were affected too. In their most recent episode, Nick and Jack speak to sisters Allison and Sally Wilcox asking them about their experience after Allison’s traumatic spinal cord injury caused by an oncoming car.
What we’re reading:
Over the last decade, the unemployment rate for people with a disability has remained unchanged at double the national average. This article by Small Business Connections Australia highlights the recent push by the Albanese Labor government to create more employment opportunities for people living with disabilities. The pilot initiative will focus on an increase in jobs within the tourism sector and grow from there. To read more, visit the website here.