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!

The challenges of Anger Management

Anger is the natural emotion humans experience in responding to a perceived threat, frustration, assault or obstruction to our humanity and who we are.
For men, anger is their most common and immediate response to the experience of physical or emotional pain and fear.

Often anger will show up most in a man’s relationship with his partner, and this can develop into violence toward her.

For a partner over time she becomes sick of living with fear, intimidation and humiliation, and usually in time, finds the strength to give him an ultimatum “You get fixed or I’ll get out”.

There needs to be a distinction between anger and violence. Anger is an emotion. Violence is what some people might do when they are angry, or even when they are not. Violence can be physical, emotional or spiritual.

For many men their softer emotions of fear and sadness have been covered or not expressed. They have been taught “Be a man. Be strong. Take control of your life – even if you fail. But don’t show your true feelings – especially your pain and fear”. They only have access to their anger. Anger can cover so much of a man’s personal pain.

The good news is that you can solve your anger problem. Not by berating yourself as sick or sinful, but by recognizing yourself as a human being with an emotional life experience as well as a rational one.

The challenge is not really to work against your anger, but to become aware of where it comes from. To take control of your anger and direct what you do with it.
Anger is not about control. It is about loss of control. For most men losing control is painful and fearful. You can feel vulnerable and feel like you’ve failed. Sometime men fear the consequences of losing control more than just about anything else. The pain of failure and the fear of losing control drives much of men’s anger.

The Hart Centre Australia has around 50 Psychologists in centres around Australia ready to help you manage your anger in individual anger management sessions. Contact the Hart Centre Phone 1300830552 for more details anger management and anger counselling.

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
the delivery of online courses, staff compliance, continuing professional development, workplace assessment and induction training. Being open source software, there is a great deal of community support toward the development of third-party plugins to extend Moodle’s core functionality.

Moodle is free to use without licensing costs, however, it does take some level 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, perform bulk user actions, manage accounts, assign roles and permissions, change site appearance, automate course backups and generate various reports. Moodle enables integration with external systems, e-commerce plugins and SCORM compliance. Moodle is proactive with respect to data security and information privacy of its users, hence, patches are released on a scheduled 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, forum, chat, messaging, blog, 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 tracked, moreover, assessment grades and feedback can be reported in real-time via the web.

Moodle enables online content to be shared in various 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

On-line social media has completely changed not only the way users interact, but more importantly the way that customers fundamentally interact with business.

With over 900 million people using the internet worldwide, Facebook on its own is a gigantic marketing entity, not to mention other social media powerhouses such as Youtube, Twitter, Linkedin and Google Plus. Although we are subject to much media hype and hysteria, social media sites have fundamentally changed the way that any kind of business with a public presence will operate, and are now as essential to businesses as an email address and a web-site.

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

Unfortunately, with any kind of new marketing bandwagon comes a great many shonky or clueless fly-by-night firms and “social media experts” which prey on new businesses by promising the world but under-delivering.

Millions of dollars and countless hours are completely wasted on useless social media ideas every year. Social media is not magic. Without proper marketing and business fundamentals behind it, a social media presence will inevitably fail and simply be a waste of time and money.

Despite creating the illusion of ’no-cost’ advertising with its lack of start-up and/or hosting fees, social media must have a constant presence, site maintenance and fresh content to show good results, and that means valuable time spent on it that most businesses simply can’t spare. This is where Social Media Brisbane can do all the work for you, while allowing room for oversight and approval by clients.

Examples of how businesses commonly do the wrong thing with social media include:

• Bad Content
Dreary or even stolen articles, out-dated advice, and embarrassing attempts to be current are common when it comes to what is published online. Admit it, people on the internet are perceptive, and can sniff out deviousness and arrogance without too much trouble.

• Impatience
Building a strong online social network takes time and perseverance. A successful network will not sprout up overnight, you need time and content in order to grow. All too often a business will create a social media profile, watch the results for a month and then quit with anger when they don’t receive the results they wanted.
This also ties into:

• Consistency
Spacing out your content on a regular schedule over multiple platforms is far more effective than using up all your content at once or especially not updating at all. Nobody likes a spammer, but with the overload of information that we receive all the time, if there isn’t a steady reminder of your brand’s presence you will be quickly forgotten. Even only a fortnightly update can see results regarding continuing and growing relationships with customers.

The team here at Social Media Brisbane understand exactly how social media operates, and deal with it as a part of a company’s marketing strategy rather than the only important thing.

Most importantly, we also integrate revolutionary Search Engine Optimization methods into our work, something no other social media group does.

Choosing consultants that value gimmicks instead of content and that throw around buzzwords such as “viral” or “Web 2.0” instead of providing 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.