Thursday, November 29, 2012

'The Ride' Movie

image featuring a wheelchair and quad bike parked in the outback. Text on the image says "The Ride". Who would have thought the outback was wheelchair accessible?
Image courtesy of The Ride

Have you heard about THE RIDE? Here’s the lowdown from the makers of the film:

“It’s a documentary about four Aussie blokes swapping their wheelchairs for quad bikes and embarking on the ride of their lives. The documentary charts their 5,000km adventure across the outback, as they visit the crash sites where their lives changed forever. Three men are paraplegics and one a quadriplegic, making this no ordinary road movie. Their encounters with mud, deserts, floods and exhaustion test their resilience and endurance to breaking point. Fuelled by bold humour and disarming honesty, The Ride is a wild traverse across the terrain of the human spirit, as four men make peace with the tragedy of their past”

You can check out the trailer here:

Now the makers of the doco are hoping to raise some funds to take the film on a national tour.

Here’s what they would like to do:

“Each night we'll screen the film in a new city or town, followed by a question and answer session with the cast and crew/filmmakers/one or more of the courageous men you see above. We're going to pack a van FULL of screening equipment, DVDs and t-shirts and inspire people to rise up from life’s challenges! For each screening we will team up with existing not-for-profits in the disability or road trauma sector to help us engage the local community. They can use these screenings to raise funds for their organisations.”

So there’s a couple of ways to help…

1.  Contribute to their crowdfunding campaign –

2. Spread the word! Like, share or comment on their website and trailer or Facebook page

3.Host your own screening - it’s really important to get the word out and share the film with others.

If you would like to find out more, visit:

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

NDIS Draft Legislation

Front cover of the draft legislation document featuring text and a picutre of a family with 2 children, one who has disability
Yesterday saw the release of draft legislation for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The NDIS Bill creates the framework for a national scheme, including eligibility criteria, age requirements, and what constitutes reasonable and necessary support.

This will enable the scheme to be launched in five sites across Australia from July 2013.

The Bill will be introduced into the Australian Parliament this week, and will be voted on in time for the NDIS launch from July 2013. 

To find out more and to view an overview of the Bill in a number of accessible formats, vist: