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When a firefighter found a massive gap in fire safety classes for deaf children, he took action

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 21:46

A Perth firefighter delivers what is thought to be Australia's first Auslan fire safety course to ensure deaf students aren't being left out when it comes to school-based fire safety and awareness programs.

NSW grandmother donates speaking device after thoughtless theft in SA

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 01:16

A Hunter Valley grandmother has generously donated an expensive speaking device to an Adelaide teenager with cerebral palsy after thieves stole the teen's device last weekend.

Mother pleads for daughter's speaking device to be returned

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 02:49

An Adelaide mother has pleaded for a thief to return a device which helps her daughter, who has cerebral palsy, to speak using eye movements.

'Incurable' Bridget was born via surrogate in Ukraine and abandoned by her American parents

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 19:12

Baby Bridget is America's Gammy. A surrogate child no longer wanted is left behind in Ukraine. Samantha Hawley tells a very personal story for Foreign Correspondent.

Insurance hurdle overcome to offer beach access for all

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 08:40

Beach wheelchairs and special matting are finally out of mothballs after two years, thanks to the Whyalla City Council's decision to cover public liability insurance.

Man made tetraplegic with axe after shooting ex-partner's new lover, court told

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 06:05

A man who shot his ex-partner's new lover during a confrontation at his former home was left tetraplegic after the victim fought back with an axe, a court is told.

Mum wants Minister to sit in on meeting about her daughter's needs after child denied wheelchair

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 21:29

A woman who says her daughter has been denied a wheelchair asks her local MP — who's also the Minister for the NDIS — to sit in on a meeting about the girl's needs.

Michael Wright became a quadriplegic at 22. Now the only home he has ever known wants him out

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 21:31

Michael has lived at Perth's Quadriplegic Centre for 44 years after breaking his neck at just 22, but the dilapidated centre's imminent closure has triggered panic attacks among frantic residents.

Hannah was told she wouldn't finish school because of her dyslexia. Now she's studying law

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 20:16

Experts say the ACT Government still is not doing enough to assist students with learning difficulties like dyslexia, six years after it committed to improving help available to children.