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http://www.cbtrust.org.uk/support/index.shtml  The Children’s Burns Trust website is a valuable resource on keeping your children and loved ones in general safe from burns. This website page focuses on the Do’s and Don'ts of keeping children and adults safe from burns / scalding.


Katie Piper is a courageous and positive survivor of a vicious rape and burns attack. She has started the Katie Piper Foundation to support people who have survived burns attacks and disfigurements. You can help support Katie’s amazing work at her website here: http://www.katiepiperfoundation.org.uk/support-links/


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I’ve been unable to find equivalents of services in Australia that assist acid attack survivors and burns survivors (apart from Burns Units in various hospitals). If anyone can find information on the Australian equivalent, please let me know. Thank you.


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30 people are diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease every year. Anyone from any age group can get it.

From the PNSW website: Parkinson's disease is a movement disorder typically presenting with symptoms such as slowness of movement, muscle rigidity, instability and tremor. It was named after an English doctor, James Parkinson, who first described cases of a "shaking palsy" in 1817.

More support groups for different parts of Australia are springing up. Parkinson's NSW is a non profit community based organisation. It has books, videos and merchandise on Parkinson's. There are seminars that you can attend, and a phone support line where people can offer advice and counselling. You can also help others by taking part in clinical trials.

The Parkinson's NSW website is here:


You can volunteer or donate to Parkinson's Australia here: http://www.parkinsonsnsw.org.au/support-us/donations/

The Parkinson's NSW Unity Walk occurs every year on 31st August, so if you come that'll be great!

I attended the Parkinson's Unity Walk today and it was a total blast! It's all for a great cause. Lovely people, great weather and an energetic walk through bushland as well. Fingers crossed I can attend the one for next year!

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Here's a terrific Youtube video showing a capoeira class for children with disabilities. The music is gorgeous too. I'm afraid the subtitles are small and blurred, so you'd have to click on the full screem button on the bottom right hand corner of the video. Capoeira is a beautiful martial arts practiced in Brazil. It has fluid, smooth movements and looks like dancing. It's pretty awesome how the capoeira teacher has taught children with different disabilities, including Down's syndrome. She has faith in her students and believe that they can do brilliantly, despite other people telling her what she's doing won't work. Some of the students are also interviewed, and it's great to see that they're so motivated and enthusiastic. :)
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http://www.care2.com/causes/boy-with-cerebral-palsy-runs-inspiring-race-video.html Though spastic cerebral palsy makes running a major challenge for Matt, he opts to run in the Field Day at Colonial Hills Elementary School. Part way through the first lap, he loses steam. His gym teacher and best friend, Mr. Blaine, comes up to offer encouragement and stays with him through the rest of the race.

That would already be touching, but his fellow students do the same. First one, then a small group, then the whole gang of students surround him. They chant, “Let’s go, Matt, let’s go.” They clap... cheer, and together they encourage him across the finish line.

This is really sweet and awesome. I was smiling the whole way!

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A hilari- I mean, disturbing -I mean hilarious look at Walmart - through a Harry Potter parody:


Take action! Here's what YOU can do:

Go to Walmart Watch's website: http://walmartwatch.org/take-action/ There you can:

- Urge the Walmart Board of Directors to be open about how much money it pays to Republicans, and to disclose trade association dues used for political purposes.

- Send letters of the support for the women of Dukes, who are fiercely brave in standing up to Walmart. They have taken their case to the Supreme Court.

Write to your local Senator about Walmart's discrimination (against women, GLBT people and people with disabilities) and anti union stance and urge them to take action! Avoid buying Walmart products if you can. Thank you for your support!

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It's Speech Pathology Week in Australia!


You can also check out Speech Pathology fact sheets on working with stroke victims, elderly people and multicultural and indigenous persons, babies, children and teenagers:


This means a lot to me as I used to have major problems with reading comprehension and pronounciation when I was a kid. I remember the first time when I was a child, I was allowed to pick a free book for doing so well in class. I kept on picking picture books till I was 10, because I was afraid I wouldn't be able to understand novels. 

I had an awesome Year 6 teacher who encourage us to read aloud with our peers. I am grateful for how my primary school teachers took extra time to help out children who were struggling with reading, writing and speaking. My Year 6 teacher corrected my pronounciation and never made me feel awkward or stupid for pronouncing words the wrong way. If she's reading this, I hope she knows she was supportive and did an amazing job. We need more people like her.  

My friend J is an amazing speaker - really fluent and charismatic. From speaking with her, you wouldn't know that she used to see a Speech Pathologist for her dyslexia as a kid. She's a Social Worker now, where communication is the crux of her job. She wouldn't be here without the Speech Pathologist's help.

It is so rewarding and empowering to finally be able to read and understand what people say. Knowledge is power. It helps you contribute to society, protect yourself and protect your loved ones. That's why speechies are so important, and they do a fantastic job. Keep it up, people!  
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http://www.rousseaukiks.com/BULLY_FLYER.PDF This flyer is on martial arts, but it helps busts the myths on bullying. Learning martial arts is another great way to help bullying victims learn how to stand up to bullies. Totally agreed that there are many bullies out there that ignoring the bully usually doesn't work, as they are looking for control. Bullies have average or above average self esteem. A lot of bullies lack empathy, are aggressive and suffered poor parenting. Many victims are chosen because they are anxious, vulnerable (disabled, lacking friends, poor, from another minority group) or unable to retaliate.

http://www.safeworkers.co.uk/i-suffered-workplace-discrimination-case-study.html How people with speech impairments can get help and deal with work discrimination

From http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/parents/2011/01/speech-problems-in-children.shtml :
Speakability http://www.speakability.org.uk/About+Speakability A charity run by people with aphasia for others with aphasia.

the BSA and Talking Point are all organisations that can give advice to the parents of children with speech difficulties. Another good resource is Speech Teach UK. http://www.speechteach.co.uk/index.htm  

Children's books about bullies and conflict resolution: http://www.childrensauthorsnetwork.com/author/dl/AO_Books%20About%20Bullies.pdf

http://www.hhdev.psu.edu/news/2011/bullying.html - The bullying epidemic - how speech pathologists can help stop bullying.

Speech Language Pathologists are present in virtually every school district across the country (there are more than 140,000 registered with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association), putting them close to the action of many forms of bullying. What’s more, many of the children SLPs commonly work with—those with communication disorders—are typical targets of bullying.


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Sometimes the radio station 2DayFM can discuss issues in a compassionate manner. Other times, they ought to take a hard look at themselves and rethink what they say. This is one of those times. So I was listening to 2DayFM (while driving to work yesterday), when the hosts Kyle and Jackie O are mocking one of their staff Matt for his speech impediment. And his mother joined in on mocking him too.

Not cool.

On top of it all, his mother excused herself for not getting speech therapy for her son by saying"Oh, I thought his lisp was just part of his role for a musical when he was a kid!" What a load of rubbish. He lisps all the time, and you didn't notice?

Speech impediments are nothing to mock, and that woman is a weak excuse of a mother. A real mother wouldn't mock her child's speech impediment, or humiliate him on national radio. People have become severely depressed, anxious, suffered discrimination and bullying from having speech impediments. Rant over.
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This is cross posted from a locked post of mine - so f-list, you've already read this before. :)

Many Cambodians live in poverty, and the tourguide mentioned that one of the best ways to help Cambodians is to donate to charities, rather thank giving out money to beggars (although you can do this too). There are musicians who are survivors of landmines that play for money near some famous landmarks (including Angkor Thom temple and Ba Kheng, which I've visited), and donation boxes near markets and the airport. You can also buy products from vendors with disabilities at many markets and tourist spots, too.

Many people are disabled in Cambodia as a result of landmines. This is extremely sad and common, but there  are things that you can do to help. You can learn more about how to help people with disabilities in Cambodia here: http://disabledfeminists.com/2010/02/09/cambodia-landmines-disability-and-social-stigma/

You don't necessarily have to donate money, either. You can help a lot, simply by raising awareness of which organisations are assisting Cambodians with disabilities with getting back on their feet.
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Hi everyone,

Check this out! http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/ltrs.index.htm 

This website has valuable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.

It has free flyers and resources, too. Wrightslaw is US based, but has some information on letter writing and communication that is priceless for anyone.

If you check the menu on the left hand side of the website, there's links on assistive technology (technology that helps people with disabilities), law, advocacy, ADHD, mediation, juvenile justice and more. You can also discover upcoming seminars and search for topics in alphabetical order (just look at the top left hand side of the website, under the heading "Wrightslaw").  

There's also a section on how to write letters to stand up for and represent children with disabilities here: http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/ltrs.index.htm

Please feel more than free to let me know of any other legal resources for children or people with disabilities! And pass this on! It's more useful if more people know about it. You never know who might need it one day.


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