We are stronger as a community than alone.
The old adage of something being bigger as a whole than the sum of its parts is never more evident than when we talk about peer support in the disabled community.
Peer support is broadly defined as ‘an initiative consisting of trained supporters, and can take a number of forms such as peer mentoring, reflective listening, or counseling’. However pure words don’t do the concept justice.
Work, for many, is a necessity. For some, it’s a passion.
And for others, it’s an uphill battle just to get your foot in the door.
Did you know the unemployment rate for people aged between 15 and 64 in Australia is 4.9%, but that the unemployment rate for those with a disability is 9.4%?
In New Zealand, it’s 4.3% to 10.6%.
Recent research also found that 14% of Australians with a disability reported facing discrimination, with disability-based discrimination worst for unemployed people (affecting almost one-third of Australians with a disability).
Ian Lappin is Invacare's Territory Business Manager, and his role revolves around setting up wheelchairs with the end-user. Ian's goal is to "achieve the best result for these people, all-round," and his passion is definitely working with powerchairs, and he "can't wait for the new Alber range which is hitting the market soon."
What do 4-year-olds and 80-year-olds have in common?
Considerably more than you might think, including (but not limited to) painting, dancing, reading, walking, singing, cooking and story-telling!
These are just some of the potential activities incorporated into intergenerational care programs, in which Aged Care and Day Care are combined, and the residents/attendees of each group intermingle and socialise with one another.
“Everyone has the right to education.”
Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948, made it clear to the world that we as a species consider education to be fundamental to our existence.
However, just because something is fundamental, does that mean it’s a reality? Is it actually being done, and done right?
This Father's Day we'd like to focus on and thank each of our Invacare dads. To celebrate our many hardworking fathers we share one story for you to enjoy.
From the 8thcentury BC to the 4thcentury AD, athletic competitions were held in Olympia, Greece. In 1894 the International Olympic Committee was founded, with the first Olympic Games taking place in Athens in 1896. Over 100 years later, they’re now recognised as the world’s foremost sports competition, participated in by over 200 nations and held every four years.
In 1948 they were joined by the Paralympic Games.
Will De los Santos, Associate Marketing Manager at Invacare, applies a positive attitude in his role, that is reinforced by his cheerful outlook on life. Will says, “I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.”
Sankesh Chetty is Business Manager for Invacare in New Zealand, and he’s passionate about helping people get the equipment they need, quickly, and according to specification. “Our equipment is an enabler to better lives. We are truly a company that makes life’s experiences possible!” Sankesh believes in what he’s doing at Invacare, saying that "it has true meaning", and this is what maintains his drive and keeps him “coming back every day for more!”