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Live, experience, access and develop
with LEAD, a specialist organisation
supporting people with disability
LEAD's vision: "You should be able to truly live
the life you choose, experience successes and
be allowed to fail, access all our community
has to offer, and develop to be the greatest
possible version of yourself"
Celebrating 23 years of supporting people
with disability in the Canberra region, LEAD is
proud to be part of the community. More than
that, LEAD is proud of the Canberra community
supporting the work we do to recognise people
with disability as valued, respected and active
citizens of our city.
Employment provides specialist job search and support
for people who have a disability who are seeking long
term employment in the community
Contracting provides high quality sub-contracting services,
specialising in horticulture, cleaning and mail services
Access provides community connection opportunities and
programs that improve the quality of life for people.
Development combines Community Development, a
Registered Training Organisation and Consulting service
to increase people's skills, improve our understanding
of diversity, and facilitate the creation of inclusive
is about changing community attitudes to embrace
diversity and improve the options available for people
GPO Box 1482 Canberra ACT 2601
Level 5, Jacobs House, 8-10 Hobart Place Civic.
Ph 02 6257 7088
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If hearing difficulties, mobility
concerns or impaired vision
have stopped you enjoying live
theatre or have stopped you
coming at all, we can help!
Canberra Theatre Centre offers
a number of access and special
assistance services, including audio
described performances, tactile tours,
live captioning, FM radio headsets,
mobility assistance, special seating
requests and companion cards.
Call 6275 2700 to request a brochure
or visit canberratheatrecentre.com.au
and look for these symbols:
YOU USED TO?
A proud Australian athlete
AS a small child, Lindy Hou
dreamed of standing on the
podium with a gold medal
around her neck. In 2004, at
the Athens Paralympic
Games, that dream became a
reality when she won a gold,
two silver and one bronze
medal for Australia.
Lindy has a degenerative
eye condition called retinitis
pigmentosa. She began losing
her sight in the mid-1980s
and is now almost totally
More than 21 years ago, as
her sight began failing, she
was forced to give up playing
ball sports and took up triath-
lon instead. During the early
1990s, despite her failing eye
sight, Lindy represented Aus-
tralia twice in the World
Triathlon Championship for
her age group.
Lindy became legally blind
by 1996. For many people
losing their sight would have
meant the end of being
involved in sport, but not for
Lindy. In 1999 she redis-
covered the joy of cycling, this
time on a tandem bike.
When she very narrowly
missed selection for the
Sydney 2000 Paralympic
Team, the disappointment
made her even more deter-
mined to make the team for
the 2004 games in Athens.
She came home with a total of
four medals with pilot Janelle
Lindsay and Toireasa Galla-
At the 2008 Beijing Para-
lympic Games, Lindy contin-
ued to win cycling medals for
Australia with Toireasa, win-
ning a silver and bronze
After her retirement from
para-cycling, Lindy kept fit by
participating in charity bike
rides and walks. Some of her
adventures included riding a
bike from Cairns to Mel-
bourne and a 50-kilometre
coast trek from Balmoral
Beach to Coogee Beach.
After 21 years, Lindy has
some full circle with triathlon.
In 1992, she competed in her
last World Triathlon
Championships as a sighted
age group athlete. This year,
Lindy was the first vision-
impaired female to have rep-
resented Australia at the
Championships in London.
At age 53, Lindy continues
to motivate others by break-
ing down barriers in all
aspects of her life. Hopefully,
through the work of Lindy and
many others like her, more
doors will open for people
Lindy is now a guest
speaker and motivator and
you can meet her and her
guide dog Harper at
Looking forward to Sochi
Inspiring: Australians with disability have a record of sporting achievement.
EXCITEMENT is mounting as
Australia's paralympians look
forward to the 2014 Paralympic
Winter Games, which will be
held from March 7 to 16 in the
Russian coastal town of Sochi.
Australia has participated in
every Paralympic Winter Games
since the first in 1976, and in
Sochi it will compete in alpine
skiing and para-snowboarding,
which is making its Paralympic
At the Vancouver 2010 Para-
lympic Winter Games, Australia
won a silver and three bronze
medals to finish 16th on the
medal tally. In Sochi, the team
has set the goal of a top 15 finish
on the medal tally.
Australia will compete in two
of the six disciplines on the
Paralympic program. Other dis-
ciplines include ice sledge
hockey, biathlon, cross country
skiing and wheelchair curling.
Ice sledge hockey, one of the
most popular Paralympic
sports, is the Paralympic version
of ice hockey. Since its debut on
the Paralympic program at the
Lillehammer 1994 Winter Para-
lympics, it has quickly become
one of the largest attractions for
spectators at the Winter Para-
lympics. It is fast-paced, highly
physical and played by male
athletes with a physical impair-
ment in the lower part of the
body. It follows the rules of the
International Ice Hockey Feder-
ation with some modifications.
Instead of skates, players use
two-blade sledges that allow the
puck to pass beneath. Players
use two sticks, which have a
spike-end for pushing and a
blade-end for shooting.
For more information, visit
WORKING TO REMOVE BARRIERS
ACTION strives to create an inclusive and accessible
public transport system for all Canberrans.
EASY ACCESS BUSES
Over 61% of ACTION's current bus eet is easy
access, with plans to introduce more in 2014.
BUS HAILING KITS
Following a successful trial, ACTION is making bus hailing kits
available to visually impaired people to assist in catching buses.
NXTBUS REAL TIME
Currently being rolled out, the system will provide many
bene ts for accessible travel on ACTION buses including:
• Braille and embossed bus stop number
plates at selected bus stops.
• Onboard visual and audio with
next stop announcements.
• On demand audio assistance at
bus stations and selected stops.
• Easy access bus information
via digital displays, online,
SMS and telephone.
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