Made You Look! Magazine from Don’t DIS my ABILITY

The New South Wales “Don’t DIS my ABILITY” campaign has just released the latest edition of Made You Look magazine, and it’s a great read.

As far as I can tell, it’s only available in PDF, or in hardcopy if you’re in NSW. Here are the PDF downloads.

Made You Look magazine – Part 1 (PDF, 2MB)

Made You Look magazine – Part 2 (PDF, 2MB)

My article on playground accessibility for parents and carers with disabilities is at the beginning of Part 2.

If there’s anything I can do to improve accessibility for anyone, please let me know – emailing you plain text of an article, for example? Here’s the table of contents, with my comments:

Contents: Part 1

5 Ambassadors 2009: a listing of program ambassadors, with photos and bios
4 Look to the future: editorial by the Chair of the Australian Disability Council
6 Head first: Maeve Marsden with Deaf associations in Africa
7 Von’s Bar: If you build it, they will come…: Siobhan Towner describes her ideal bar, where people could actually get in, enjoy themselves, order a drink, pee, and escape if there’s a fire
8 Learning to live in a quiet room: Heather Walker explains what it was like to finally find the quiet room in her head – and adjust to what she lost in the process
10 Adam Elliot’s truth and beauty, by Maeve Marsden: about claymation film Mary and Max
12 Q&A with Amethyst Barnbrook: ambassador Amethyst is a music student at Wollongong University
14 Scott Reardon: out on a limb: A world champion water-skier, Scott is going to represent Australia at the next Paralympics
15 Water babies: Susie Maroney talks about her cerebral palsy
16 Find my way : Firefighter Melanie Rebane writes about safe egress for people with disabilities
17 The closing of Peat Island Centre marks a century of change: a major NSW institution for people with intellectual disabilities will close completely next year
18 Best Buddies: Monica Heary writes about this teen peer buddy program for people with intellectual disabilities

Part 2

20 Playground accessibility for parents with a disability: An edited version of my previous bloh article on the subject
21 Writer’s blog: Why blogging appeals to some people with disabilities. Has a list of disability-related blogs to check out
22 Write on: Jenny Kapp talks about fanfic and disability
24 Technobility : apps for the iPhone including an Auslan tutor and an Emotions game for kids with autism
25 Friendships and ‘niceties’: on meeting minimal standards of human decency
26 Birds do it, bees do it…: disability and sexuality, by Siobhan Towner
27 Living with Asperger’s syndrome: Camilla Connolly writes about her life and art
28 Rudely Interrupted talk to HACK triple j tv: about Indie rock act Rudely Interrupted
29 Rachel’s reflection: about Rachel Lazarov, a blind multicultural advocacy worker with traumatic amputations
30 A traveller’s tale: Hannen Abdallah and her travels to Lebanon
31 Discrimination for dummies : Elise Archer sums up
32 Award winning advocates giving women a voice: About Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA)
33 Feature events: the Access All Areas film festival, Get DIS Party Started dance party, and the Queanbeyan Festival of Ability
34 Haley Bellamy: going places : Hayley has motor neurone disease and is studying psychology at UWS
36 Small arts grants, big arts ideas: on the Accessible Arts Small Arts Grants programme
37 In memoriam: obituaries for ambassadors Matt Laffan and Adam Thomson

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7 replies

  1. That’s a fantastic magazine Lauredhel. I have something to say which feels awkward, but I’d like to try to say it anyway: your writing on disability issues has been the single biggest force in opening my eyes to the many things I take for granted in my day to day life and to the very real risks and challenges to the safety, well being and comfort of PWD. So thanks for the writing and the challenges, and for linking to ‘Made you look’ – I’ve spent the morning reading the magazine and thinking about the loss of diversity and richness of experience and social interactions when the world works to exclude PWD from so many spaces (and you know, I’m not asking for a pat on the back for having a ‘revelation’ when you and others have been writing for so long – more just trying to admit to how slow the process of get my head out of the clouds of my own privilege can be). So I just wanted to say thanks…for your passionate and articulate and insistent pointing out of issues. And for the link to the mag…I have posted it to Facebook and asked miniFP to read it in his spare time and will put a link to it in a post when I get a chance. Congrats on the article and hurrah for ‘Made you look’.

  2. I’ll second what FP said. A lot.
    .-= Deborah´s last blog ..Lessons in language =-.

  3. Hi,
    I edited Made You Look and was thrilled to see the post and response here – thanks!
    First let me say that accessible formats are on the way! We had a hold up with it, but we will be uploading within the week I believe.
    It was great to have Lauredhel’s work in the mag and I am keen to keep in touch with any bloggers who may be interested in contributing to the next issue – especially those from Australia. I found Hoyden About Town just after I started work on Made You Look and much of what I read here informed the magazine, including and beyond Lauredhel’s blog. Now I am an avid reader of HAT in my own time too, not to mention other blogs I’ve come across through this one.
    Thanks so much for all your work, and what we are able to learn from it.
    Maeve x

  4. I found Hoyden About Town just after I started work on Made You Look and much of what I read here informed the magazine

    That’s so cool.

  5. Pleased to see the list of contents. As I mark my 2nd anniversary online, with CFS/ME and allergic asthma, still having much trouble using laptop, I am fascinated by the “sameness”/similarities those of us with disabilities have ’round the world. I can read pdf via firefox, but not sure how to “make it go away” when done. We all need a youngster with tech skills to help us, chuckle.

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