This post is by a gigster with disability, Madeleine Nicholas. In the post she discusses her small business, LighteningUp and her journey in setting it up. The business provides workshops for young people with disability to assist them with self-advocacy and community engagement. Her story and reflections are a perfect example of why we need to change the conversation about disability and potential in Australia. More
In this post, Dr Gary Allen, the CEO and Co-Founder of our platform, discusses how an Australian entrepreneur with disability can prepare for extreme weather. Given the current stage of things, it is not a question of whether you will experience extreme weather, it is a question of when. He covers what you need to plan for, what you need to have prepared, and the discussions you should have and the practising you should do. More
Enabled.vip Advisory Board members Gary Allen and Jo Kek-Pamenter and Scott Hollier of the Centre For Accessibility, reflect on their work setups and how they use assistive technology to power their productivity and active work lives. This discusses the disabilities that they live with and how they mitigate their impacts. More
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Like a lot of people who aren’t narcissists, I am not comfortable speaking about myself, but in this case, it is important to contextualise what Enabled.vip is hoping to achieve. Perhaps my discomfort is a cultural and class thing, coming as I do from a working-class town in the south of England but I’ll attempt to get over it. About 15 years ago, I turned a hobby (an interest in the institutional approaches to Human Research Ethics into something that could be monetised) – www.ahrecs.com. This has grown to the point where we are one of the lead consultancy firms in the Australian Human Research Ethics and Research Integrity space. During the last 12 months, we have worked in New Zealand and the UK. In the last few weeks, we have been doing work in Kazakhstan and have quoted a client to do work in Lithuania, which makes us a very small international consultancy firm. We are a for-profit company that has a strong social media following. During that journey, before it really, I have lived with Progressive MS, I am powered wheelchair mobile, a hoist transfer, confined to bed except for five hours a day and require a fair amount of support.
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