Wheelchair accessibility of toilets and car parking – do you need to use it?

Wheelchair accessibility for weeing and parking As I drive and urinate, I make use of accessible parking and toilets.  If you are wondering if I drive and urinate at the same time, the answer is yes. I have an indwelling catheter (just below my belly button) and drain into a leg bag.  This blog relates … Read more

Wheelchair Travel Tips in Australia (Midnight Oil Tour)

Why travel around Australia? I have paraplegia at the T3/T4 level, which is around the level of my chest, and therefore cannot use my body below my chest level.  Combined with chronic pain, this presents many problems when it comes to travelling around Australia.  My favourite band, Midnight Oil, announced they were reforming and setting out … Read more

Minda opens their Modbury Office

Minda Modbury John Duthie attended the opening of the Modbury office of Minda Incorporated. The addres is now 928 North East Road, Modbury SA 5092.  The Hon. Katrine Hildyard, Minister for Disabilities, opening the office. It will serve people North and Northeast of Adelaide.  Minda estimates that the opening of the Modbury office will generate … Read more

Cedar College Senior School Graduation

Cedar College Northgate John Duthie’s children have spent their entire schooling life at Cedar College Northgate. With Ben graduating in 2017 and Jasmine in 2015.  It was also the location of the accident in 2009. John’s spine was severed by a tree and changed his life forever.  John felt the need to address the graduate … Read more

NDIS: Where to? – A vision for Disability Services from 2030

NDIS – will it be dead by 2030? John Duthie attended the Festival of Disability Research and Practice by Flinders University. The event focus was on the NDIS and was advertised as  Presenting: The Politician, the Bureaucrat and the Raconteur The Politician, the Bureaucrat and the Raconteur will ponder the proposition: “Will the NDIS will be … Read more

Faisal Rusdi – Colour of the Journey

Faisal Rusdi – Artist John Duthie attended the opening of an exhibition by Faisal Rusdi at the City of West Torrens library.  John and Faisal have known each other for several years through the disability community.  Faisal is contributing his life story to the book “MYdisABILITIES” and the website can be found here.  He paints … Read more

Immersion Therapy – physically and mentally exhausting a wheelchair user

What is Immersion Therapy? It is difficult to exercise when you are paralysed from the chest down, but not impossible.  Once a week I attend Immersion Therapy with Determined2 at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre.  Immersion therapy is “a world first way in which people with injury or disability can have access to movement and benefits … Read more