Have Cane Will Travel – Disabled Travel in Australia

Award-winning comedy writer, Ian Heydon (Kingswood Country, How Green Was My Cactus, The Samuel Pepys Show, The Year My Country Broke) recently took out an unexpected award – for writing about travelling with a disability.

In 2010 Ian was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. That led to the question – what does a writer who has a disability and who loves to travel write about? The answer was pretty obvious. Because Ian uses a cane for mobility assistance, he built a website called Cane & Able Travel and that site won the inaugural Business disAbility Award for Business Innovation in 2012.

Back in 2003, Ian had a travel book on Australia published called The Small Guide to A Big Country (Explore) and he subsequently bought a travel agent’s licence (Small Guide Travel). Much of Ian’s research for that book is still valid. As Ian says, “They haven’t moved the Sydney Opera House or most of Australia’s main attractions, so all I really needed to do was update where necessary and add the accessibility and disability facility information. It’s a bonus that the Small Guide Travel consultants can assist with itinerary advice and bookings.”

When Ian travels these days he uses both a cane and a wheelchair for getting around. “Before my diagnosis with MS I guess I felt a bit of pity when I saw other people in wheelchairs. I didn’t realise that wheelchairs give a person with a disability so much freedom. Mine allows me to get around much better at airports, especially when the boarding gate can be a fair distance from check-in, and it makes art galleries, museums and theatre so much more accessible and enjoyable.”

Ian first took his wheelchair on a trip to Dubai, London and Paris in 2012. While there are websites with attractions and disability information for those destinations in the pipeline, Ian’s first priority is writing about Australia. In late 2012 he visited Cairns and road-tested attractions like Skyrail and Quicksilver’s Great Barrier Reef as well as disabled-friendly accommodation. From this came the destination specific website, Cairns Disabled Travel.

The next cab of the rank was Canberra. According to Ian, Canberra is arguably Australia’s most rewarding destination for travellers with a disability. “There are flights from all other major cities and centres, they have an excellent public transport and wheelchair-assisted taxi system and all the major attractions are accessible, with many of them free. There’s excellent accommodation, terrific restaurants and bars and so much to see and do. It really is a fabulous tourist destination. Sure, after a couple of weeks there might be some thumb twiddling but for a few days away it is fabulous.” Ian visited Canberra in 2011 and 2013 to research accessible accommodation and attractions and the Canberra Disabled Travel website is now live.

Ian has a multi-destination itinerary on the drawing board for all Australian capital cities and major regional centres so you could see him soon in your part of the country. But the Kingswood? No, he won’t be taking the Kingswood!

Speech Pathology In Brisbane, Australia

Bloom Lifespan Therapy Services is one of the leading institutions for speech pathology in Brisbane, Australia. The organisation consists of qualified speech pathologists. All of them have been adequately trained to treat people with communication disabilities. They have completed a degree course that encompasses all the aspects of effective communication, some of which include writing, speech, signs, symbols and gestures. In addition, the speech pathologists also work with people who have a difficult time swallowing foods and drinks. In the past, they were referred to as speech-language pathologists or speech therapists. However, you should keep in mind that they are not the same as speech or drama teachers.

The main priority of speech pathologists is to foster effective communication. This usually involves the process of being able to understand and to be understood. It might seem simple enough, but not everyone has the ability to do it. Some of the most common communication disabilities include problems with using and understanding language, speech, voice, hearing, fluency, reading and writing. In fact, one in seven Australians has experienced some form of communication disability. This is one of the main reasons why speech therapy has become so important.

Speech pathologists can work in a variety of settings. This is because communication problems affect people of all ages from different walks of life. You might be surprised to find that children in kindergarten, primary and secondary schools have a problem with their speech. If they fail to deal with their problem early enough, it could end up disrupting their lives in future. Other individuals who require the services of a speech pathologist can be found in nursing homes, hospitals, universities, mental health services, rehabilitation services, community health centres and private practice. In addition, people with cerebral palsy, autism, and intellectual disability require more specialised services because their communication needs tend to quite complex.

A speech pathologists workload includes a variety of activities. They can provide crucial information to mothers about feeding a baby with a cleft palate. Most people don’t realise that these kinds of disorders can lead to speech impairment in the future. As a result, early treatment should be encouraged. Speech pathologists also work in child care centres and schools. In most cases, such institutions have several children who are very hard to understand. They require special communications skills that a regular teacher cannot provide. With sufficient training, such children can learn to communicate in an effective manner.

Speech pathologists also work with people who have experienced severe brain injury because of an accident. They help to return their speech to the way it once was. This usually involves a very lengthy process that requires a huge amount of effort from all the parties involved. This is the only way to achieve a successful outcome. People who have survived a stroke also need to regain their communication skills. It can’t come back automatically.

Speech pathologists provide teachers, doctors and parents with vital information regarding various communication problems. They can offer strategies that will help a person deal with their intellectual disability. At Bloom Lifespan Therapy Services (speech pathology Brisbane), all the speech pathologists are highly qualified to provide all these services.

The speech pathologists at Bloom Lifespan Therapy Services work in a variety ways when it comes to treating their patients. They can work in small groups, become involved in various home-based programs, work within a classroom, give advice, offer direction and provide crucial sources of information. It all depends on what the patient needs. They also coordinate the management of patients, consult with other agencies, provide critical workshops for patients and work as part of a multi-disciplinary team. A speech pathologist is a very important member of an early intervention team, school therapy team and aged care services team.

Communication is the fundamental basis of how we share information and interact with others. It affects how we learn, how we express ourselves and how we build our relationships. It’s important to remember that communication difficulties can arise at any stage of our lives. This is because the ability to communicate starts at birth and continues to develop throughout the course of our lives. It actually never stops, no matter how old you grow. As a result, you should treat any communication issues as soon as possible. One of the main roles of a speech pathologist is to strongly advocate for the appropriate care of people with communication disabilities. This is exactly what Bloom Lifespan Therapy Services does.

Core Drilling Brisbane

DIY vs Hiring a Concrete Cutting Service – including a Step by Step Guide

There is a vast variety of concrete saws and equipment that can be hired to do that pesky DIY project that you have always wanted to get done. But when should you hire a professional and when should you just give it a crack? To do your concrete cutting or core drilling job properly and on budget you will need: the right equipment, the right type – wet or dry, the right protection for yourself and the environment, the right skills and the right value for money. There is lots to consider, but if you read on and follow this step by step guide we can explore this in a little more detail.

Step 1.Choose the right equipment: For gener slab cutting Brisbane you will need a Floor Saw or Kwik Cut Saw (Hand Saw). This process is used when reasonably level and flat surfaces have to be cut and includes cutting through reinforced concrete, precast concrete, and other structural materials.

These surfaces include floors, roofs, bridge decks and suspended slabs. The surfaces are usually cut to provide expansion joints, to make openings for ducts, elevators, stairwells, machine pads, trenching and for demolition purposes.

For wall sawing Brisbane you will need a Kwik Cut Saw (Hand Saw) or Ring Saw. This process is used for the cutting of openings in vertical surfaces and surfaces with slopes so great that floor saws cannot be used.

These surfaces are usually cut to provide for doors, windows, vaults, silos, chests, foundations, ducts or large diameter pipes, or to remove part or all of existing walls. For core drilling Brisbane through a floor or wall you will need a core drill. Core drills can usually drill holes from 25mm dia – 660mm dia. This process is used for the drilling of circular holes in reinforced concrete, precast concrete, asphalt, brick, cinderblock and other structural materials. Usually the holes are made for electrical, plumbing, heating, sewer and sprinkler installations. Other applications include holes to anchor bolts or lifting rods, to place explosive charges, to install load carrying devices, or for analysis of the structure of the rock.

Step 2. Wet or Dry cutting? I don’t mean to scare you here, but cutting concrete can be very messy. You can probably figure out that the dry cutting means cutting without water and should be less messy… hmm not so sure. Cutting without water means dust and lots of it. Very messy, minute particles of concrete will billow into a thick cloud of grey concrete dust or red brick dust and coat everything nearby you own. Personally I prefer the wet cutting machines. Even though the mess is wet grey or red slurry, it is much easier to clean up all the mess with a wetvac (wet and dry vacuum cleaner) and a wipe over with a damp cloth. Dust on the other hand can get absolutely everywhere.

Step 3. Protect yourself and the environment. Basic safety equipment you will need include goggles, ear plugs, safety boots/steel capped gumboots and gloves. If you have chosen a dry cutting machine you will also need to work with a dust mask on to protect your lungs, and sun protection and long sleeves if you are working outside.

Cutting concrete can be very noisy so be mindful of neighbors and nearby businesses in case of noise pollution and air pollution. Think about what is below you if you are cutting on a floor higher than ground floor. Sadly I have heard of some terrible injuries because of falling cores and no safety barriers. Protect the environment with plastic sheeting, extraction fans and a wet/dry vacuum cleaner. In many countries, letting waste such as concrete slurry go down the drain is against the law and you will be fined.

Step 4. Check if you have the right skills. There are many dangers associated with concrete cutting equipment. Even though this equipment can be readily hired, this equipment should only be operated by experienced personnel. You won’t need to google ‘saw injuries’ to imagine the dangers of operating such powerful equipment without the right know how and strength.

Step 5. Check out the cost. Believe it or not the cost to hire a skilled professional who has all the equipment needed and can get the job done with minimal fuss, is often not much more than hiring the equipment yourself. Aside from the safety risk, mistakes in concrete are expensive if you get it wrong. Before you go ahead with the hire, at least get an idea of price from a professional by obtaining a quote.

For example you may be surprised to know that at elliottandfyfe.com.au you can hire a Brisbane concrete cutting operator to do a basic job for about $150.00. That’s hardly more than the cost of hiring the concrete cutting equipment, and comes with a skilled operator to do the hard work. Might just be worth the call?

Shaun McCabe Elliott and Fyfe Concrete Cutting Service – Brisbane. For an obligation free quote on any job call 07 3806 9100 or 0411 554 737.

Getting Your Money’s Worth With Hair Removal in Brisbane

Hair removal treatments are no walk in the park. They are obviously slightly painful, but having them done by experts can turn your hair removal appointments into anticipated spa dates and well worth the money you pay for them. With the number of spas and hair removal clinics in Brisbane, it is difficult to choose a clinic and expect the best results, not unless the clinic has the best reputation around. If you are searching for a clinic randomly, you could end up going to a clinic who will give you subpar service and and results that are below what you expected.

How Hair Removal is Done
Hair removal treatments use laser pulses to kill the hair by focusing the light on the pigment which absorbs the light and causes the death of the hair follicle. This means that you get a permanent, hair-free, smooth skin, with no need to use temporary hair removal products and procedures such as depilatories and waxing just to get the same results.

Hair removal is the removal of hair from various parts of the body, not just on the obvious places such as the legs and back. You can also have hair removal done on your face, your chest and other places where hair should not be. Hair removal clinics and spas offer related services such as chemical facial peels, treatments for various skin conditions such as psoriasis, sun damage and pigmentation.

How to Choose Your Hair Removal Clinic

Technology

Use a clinic that uses the latest in hair removal technology if you want safe and clean procedures. Sophisticated hair removal procedures uses more powerful light and double safety techniques which reduces the number of sessions needed to completely remove your hair. Despite the more expensive price tag, you reduce costs since you reduce the number of sessions and recovery time is shorter. We use Alexandrite lasers which are currently the best for permanent hair removal or hair reduction. These lasers have 755 nm wavelengths and are most suited for targeting melanin, the pigment that absorbs light.

 

We also use IPL or intense pulsed light, which offer a more subtle form of hair removal that is temporary. This technology uses a broad spectrum light filtered through a glass crystal. Although anyone can do this procedure, we have licensed technicians doing procedures such as these to ensure maximum safety and comfort for our clients. IPL is often the best procedure for removing skin imperfections, such as freckles and sun damage discoloration, acne scarring and facial veins.

Friendly staff
You want to go to a clinic or a spa and enjoy your time there. Grumpy,untrained staff will not make the experience any more relaxing for you. It is best to visit several clinics and get a feel for the atmosphere by looking at how staff interact with clients. You want to feel pampered and cared for, not harassed nor embarrassed when you step into the clinic.

Certified technicians
A licensed staff and a certified operation is your first consideration if you want hair removal procedures that are safe.A licensed staff is expected to know the procedures and to provide professional service.

Customized service
Choose a hair removal clinic that gives you customized service according to what you need. Clinics usually offer packages to suit the needs of clients. Your hair removal technician will talk to you first to determine what you want and what services are most suitable for you. This way you avoid paying for procedures you don’t need and you only need to stay in the clinic for no longer than is necessary.

Our clinic uses specific technologies to suit the type of condition you have. We use the best technology for hair removal to ensure permanent removal of hair if that is the result you want. You will also receive counselling on what to expect, the expected number of sessions, what you can do to prepare, and how much you can expect to spend. All the information you need to make a wise decision on what kind of procedure to get will be given to you before you start.

Make sure that you get the best hair removal treatment that is worth your money by working with us. With a trained and licensed staff, a relaxing atmosphere, sophisticated technology and the desire to give each client the best in hair removal service, you can be sure that you’ll be getting your money’s worth and more with Hair Removal Brisbane.

The Best Retaining Walls in Mackay

If you need retaining walls , be sure to use Mackay Fencing’s The Block Blokes. These retaining walls are sure to last you a long time. The soil it contains will not erode and it will not break down. It ensures that you have more control over the land that you build on, and ensures the safety of the people who live and go near it.

First of all, the company’s services are fast! You would not believe it. Other companies might take a long time to construct retaining walls, making a lot of noise and raising so much dust that you might not want to be near there, much less live there, while it is being built. The Block Blokes can build your retaining walls in a fraction of the time, letting you do more.

The construction materials are all made locally. There will be no extra costs because of shipping and transport because all of the things the company will use are available nearby. This reduces the cost substantially – shipping and transport can get really expensive depending on the weight, fragility, and other factors of the cargo.

Speaking of costs, Mackay Fencing will save you a lot compared to other companies. Not only will they save you so much time, they will save you half of the money – or more! You could spend the money you saved on other developments for your property – to make it look good, to give it more facilities and protection, et cetera. The type of retaining walls that Mackay Fencing’s The Block Blokes uses is the cantilever style, which uses a lot fewer materials than the gravity wall.

The people at Mackay Fencing care a lot for your aesthetic tastes. Your property deserves to look the best it can, after all. Mackay Fencing’s the Block Blokes have a variety of designs that you can choose from so that your new retaining walls will not look plain, drab, or God forbid, dirty. Among their designs is wood texture, if you want the walls to contain a garden; blocks, for that friendly, clean look; lined slate, for a no-nonsense secure impression, and more. You could have them leave it as a clean, flat, blank wall so that you could paint your artworks on it yourself if you so wished. Their walls look good and clean – only the best for their customers.

If you are worried about your retaining walls getting destroyed by nasty little creatures, then you have nothing to fear. Mackay Fencing can guarantee that your walls are fully protected against termites and pests. Rats and other vermin are going to crack their teeth on your new retaining walls if they try to gnaw on it. You won’t soon be seeing holes or cracks in your restraining walls if you use Mackay Fencing’s The Block Blokes.

In case you’re still in doubt of their abilities, look them up in the yellow pages. Mackay Fencing is the only one in the yellow pages listed as Master Builders. And they are. Their customers are completely satisfied with their work, and they have been working for sixteen years already – a sign of assured quality. Mackay Fencing follows no standard but their own, for they set the standard other fencing and retaining wall companies.

Mackay Fencing’s The Block Blokes are meant to withstand the test of time. The construction is very solid. The type of wall used is the cantilever style, which uses an anchor to the ground and not to the soil it retains, making it more reliably sturdy. It would take a very strong force to knock a hole in one of their retaining walls, and much more to destroy it. You could take a car and run into one of their retaining walls and the wall wouldn’t be damaged! Mackay Fencing’s The Block Blokes make more than just solid and sturdy retaining walls – they make walls that will last.

You won’t be able to find any other company whose retaining walls are like Mackay Fencing’s The Block Blokes – at least, not without giving out much more money and inconveniencing yourself with the noise and the construction dust and debris. There is no better company for your retaining walls than Mackay Fencing’s. Mackay Fencing’s The Block Blokes are unique. Visit http://www.mackayfencing.com.au/the-block-blokes-retaining-walls-mackay-and-qld-regions