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!

Custom Roller Blinds

If you are looking for a simple way to change the appearance of your home, without having to do major remodeling work, which is surely going to set you back, something as simple as adding custom roller blinds to the rooms of your home is the ideal solution. Not only are you going to find that there are dozens of custom features you can choose from, but when you choose the right company to purchase from and install, they are also going to provide you with guarantees and warranties, so you know that your purchase is going to be covered, even after they have been in the home for many years.

You choose the material and colors -
With custom roller blinds, you are in charge of material, color, design features, detail, and the fit. Some of the many benefits of custom roller blinds include:
- Your choice of material, from wood to vinyl, hard plastic or cloth, you select the materials.
- You can choose from a solid color, custom colors, or something distinct to really set a room apart.
- You select the design features, length, the cut of the blinds and how they fit over the window sill.
- You can customize any room, so you can choose one color per room, or the same color for uniformity.
Regardless of whether you want something plain, simple, and elegant, or a design that is going to stand out in any home, there are many options to choose from with material and colors.

Special features -
With your custom roller blinds you can also select a number of distinct features including:
- Stain proof material protection.
- Material protection from sun and UV damage.
- Blackout blinds, which will completely block out the sun and UV rays.
- And additional warranties, and features, to ensure your blinds are protected, and are going to be able to withstand any weather conditions, powerful sun light, or other conditions in your local region.

Function -
With custom roller blinds, you can also decide on the operation of the blinds; whether you want electronic roller blinds which will open and close with the touch of a button, or if you are looking for something manual to save, you decide on how they function, and how they open and close. You can choose one method for each room of your home, or mix things up if you want to create a unique style for each room in the home.

Price savings -
When ordering custom roller blinds, it is also possible to find great cost savings; some ways to save, even on the highest quality blinds and materials include:
- Order in bulk, or for every room in the home, so that you can save for the overall price of the job.
- Add warranties, as certain companies provide extended warranties for no additional cost.
- Purchase the custom roller blinds from the same company that installs them in the home.
- Shop around for the best deals, and look for coupons, online codes, and other savings, as many companies will accept these coupons, so you save on the overall price of the new custom roller blinds for your home.

You do not have to over pay, for top quality materials, and for the custom features, colors, and design features you want in the home. As long as you take the time to shop for custom roller blinds, find the right company to work with, and learn about what is available for you, and the different rooms in the home, you can save on the overall price you will pay.

If you want to spruce up the home, but do not want to go through the hassle of remodeling, or the high price of remodeling, new custom roller blinds are a simple solution for any home. They can change up the look and appeal in any room, and any area of the home. You can choose to go with a uniform style throughout the entire home, or choose fun colors, materials, and design features, in each of the rooms of the home. Regardless of what you eventually choose, or what styles you go with, custom blinds are a great addition to any home, and are an affordable option when you are looking for a change.

Moodle Learning Management System Overview

moodle-lmsMoodle is the world’s most popular learning management system. Moodle is flexible and scaleable software designed to help educators create interactive and collaborative online learning experiences. Moodle originated in Australia around a decade ago and has since been internationalised in more than 200 countries and 100 languages. The official community site has more than a million registered users.

There are numerous ways in which Moodle can be effectively used. These include
induction training, workplace assessment, the delivery of online courses, continuing professional development and staff compliance. Being open source software, there is a large amount of community support toward the development of third-party plugins to extend Moodle’s core functionality.

Moodle is freely available without licensing costs, however, it does take a degree of technical expertise to install, configure and secure the software on a web server. Once deployed, it can be easily managed by a qualified system administrator.

Moodle’s key administrative functions include the ability to control authentication, assign roles and permissions, perform bulk user actions, change site appearance, automate course backups, manage accounts and generate various reports. Moodle enables integration with external systems, e-commerce plugins and SCORM compliance. Moodle is proactive in terms of data security and information privacy of its users, hence, patches are released on a periodic basis and there are global settings that can be configured by the system administrator.

Course creators can add online activities and resources intended for their students. Moodle’s standard activities include assignment, chat, blog, forum, messaging, quiz and wiki. The learning sequence may be totally non-linear or controlled so learners engage with online course objects in a structured fashion. User activity and course completion tracking are monitored, moreover, assessment grades and feedback can be reported in real-time via the web.

Moodle enables online content to be distributed in several ways. Course participants can quickly upload existing files from their device, disk, or network. Using Moodle repositories, it is possible to import content and media from Cloud-based services such as Google Docs, YouTube, Flickr, Boxnet and Dropbox. On the same token, content can be export from Moodle to third-party services.

Assess, track and report on your learners via the web. Get started now and learn more today about Moodle Sydney, Moodle Brisbane and Moodle Melbourne providers.

 

Reflections on Life

Life – what is life! Life can be described in many ways and has many facets and interpretations. It presents us with an ongoing stream of experiences of situations, events and interactions of all kinds with other people and our environment.

It is creation in its magnificent splendour – the original bringing into existence of the universe by God.

For humans it is a journey encompassing all the seasons, colour and streams of life’s experiences.

The miracle of new life in any form of creation brings wonder and amazement as we become aware of the intrinsic formation of such an unexplainable divine plan.

For humans there are many rituals and traditions that help celebrate the different seasons and significant moments in life.

A welcoming of a new child might entail a ritual of a Christening or Blessing in the Christian tradition or perhaps a Naming Ceremony for those less religious. In other cultures and belief systems children are welcomed in a variety of ways but none-the-less mostly it is found to be a joyful celebration of the miracle of new birth.

Life can sometimes be brief – the miracle taken back from where it began just as life is beginning – the mystery of why these sad experiences happen not to be explained.

Life changes for humans as the body grows and life is experienced in new ways. Learning takes place as the brain develops and intelligence is gained and used for the betterment of human kind.

At times the human body suffers from physical limitations this being a challenge as strength of spirit and courage come to the fore.

During the seasons of life ritual is shown to be important such as times of celebration when a person reaches the age of eighteen – a time of maturity and starting out as an adult on life’s journey.

Permanency of relationships can be celebrated by the ritual of Marriage as people start a new chapter along the journey called life.

The miracle of new life can emerge again in this relationship of Marriage as a new life is created and welcomed to the world.

As the continuing seasons and cycles of life are observed, life can represent colour as of a rainbow in these seasons of new beginnings, celebrations, changes and endings.

Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet – colours of the rainbow – how symbolic of life’s journey as the rainbow is composed of the entire spectrum of colour from the shortest wavelength violet to the longest wavelength red.

A closing ritual now takes place as the body has accomplished its purpose and the ending of life as humans know it is honoured and the life celebrated as the spirit travels back to the Divine from whence it came.

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This article supplied by Sandra Hill, Brisbane Wedding Celebrant. For more information about Sandra Hill, weddings, renewal of vows and naming ceremonies in Brisbane, please contact Sandra today.

Social Media for Brisbane Businesses Explained

Online social media has absolutely revolutionized not only the way that people interact with each other, but essentially the way that customers fundamentally interact with business.

With more than 700 million users world-wide, Facebook on its own is a huge marketing body, and of course there are many others such as Twitter, Youtube, Google Plus and Linkedin. While we are subject to a lot of media hype and hysteria, social media sites have -in the most basic sense- changed the way that any type of company that has a public presence will operate, and are now as essential to a business as an email address and a web-site.

But with all the clear changes social media has made to the marketing environment, it is crucial to hold a realistic assessment of its capabilities and results.

Unfortunately, with any kind of new marketing bandwagon comes a great many dishonest or ill-informed firms and “social media experts” that focus on new businesses by over-hyping and being unable to deliver.

Many millions of dollars and incalculable time is completely wasted on useless social media ventures every year. But the key to remember is that social media is not magic. Without proper marketing and business basics behind it, an online social media presence will most certainly fail and simply be a waste of time and money.

Despite creating the impression of “free” advertising with its lack of start-up and hosting fees, social media must have a constant presence, fresh content and site maintenance in order to be successful, and that demands valuable time that most companies simply can’t spare. This is where Social Media Brisbane offers to do the work for you, while allowing for oversight and approval by their clients.

Examples of where people commonly do the wrong thing with social media include:

• Bad Content
Dull or plagiarised items, outdated suggestions, and terrible attempts to be hip are all too common when it comes to what is published online. Be honest with yourself, people on the internet are quite shrewd, and will recognise hypocrisy and condescension a mile away.

• Impatience
Building a good online social network takes time and determination. A successful network can’t just sprout up in a snap, it takes time and content in order to grow. A business may create a social media profile, watch their results for a short period of time and then give up in annoyance when they don’t get the unrealistic results they expected.
This also ties into:

• Consistency
Spacing out your content on a regular basis over several platforms is a lot more effective than using all of your content up at once or not updating at all. Nobody likes a spammer, but with the overload of information that we receive all the time, without a steady reminder of your brand’s presence you will quickly be forgotten. Just a weekly update can see results regarding maintaining and increasing relationships with customers.

We here at Social Media Brisbane are experienced and know exactly how social media operates, and deal with it as a interrelated part of your marketing strategy rather than the one and only tactic.

We also integrate revolutionary Search Engine Optimization systems into our work, which is something that no other social media group offers.

Choosing consultants who concentrate on gimmicks before content and who endlessly throw around buzzwords such as “viral” or “Web 2.0” instead of giving strategy and results can simply end up as an exercise in frustration.

If you are looking for a social media consultancy based in Brisbane, contact the Brisbane SEO Company today on 3166 9622.