Thrive magazine (Spring 2016 edition) now available

thrive-spring-2016-cover2The Spring 2016 edition of Thrive magazine is now available.  This edition has a focus on building resilience in children and young people, as well as articles about some great organisations we collaborate with or support.

Kayla, who herself has a limb difference, has written a very personal letter full of encouragement and tips to all children about to start school. Dr Tatangelo discusses the importance of building positive self-esteem and resilience in children. Deb discusses why her son’s limb difference was not a big issue in their household, and why taking this approach inside and outside of the family helped her son to become the resilient and successful adult he is today.

You can also read about some great organisations – Aussie HandsHope ToysGolf Australia and Touched by Olivia.

If you would like hard copy versions of the magazine just email kids@limbs4life.org.au or call 1300 782 231.

We hope you enjoy the read!

Planning for education in 2017

Fact Sheet 9 CoverWith the 2017 school-year just around the corner, you may want to review content on the Limbs 4 Kids website and/or download related Fact Sheets. These pages provide general information about early childhood learning, primary schooling and secondary schooling; as well as information specifically related to the education needs of children with limb differences.  Some specific resources look at enrolment, preparing for school meetings, returning to school after a limb amputation and tips for assisting fellow students to understand limb difference.

For more information visit the Education and Employment pages in the ‘Learning Centre’ area of the Limbs 4 Kids website.  You may also want to download specific Fact Sheets (in the publications section of the Limbs4Kids website) that can then be shared with others, or get in touch with Limbs 4 Life to request for hard-copies to be mailed to you.

 

Para-athletics classification – Athletics Australia

Athletics Australia logoAthletics Australia are holding face-to-face classification opportunities for athletes with physical impairments who wish to begin competing in para-athletics – whether that is little athletics, school sport or seniors. Classification days are being held in major cities throughout the rest of this year. National classification opportunities for those with a hearing impairment, Intellectual Impairment, Visual Impairment or Transplant Impairment are also being held.

For more information visit www.athletics.com.au/Participate/Para-athletics/Physical-Impairment

New book – ‘Just Let Me Put My Legs On’

Kenzie Book CoverA new book about limb difference, ‘Just Let Me Put My Legs On’, written by Australian author Kenzie Le-Turley has just been released. This book, full of wonderful rhymes and beautiful illustrations, is the story of a young boy with limb difference who shows everyone that he is more that capable of doing anything anyone else can do, once he has his legs on!

If you would like to learn about this book or order a copy for your family visit http://kenzie-leturley.wix.com/kindwords

 

 

New Book – ‘Don Elgin: One Foot On The Podium’

Don's Book Image - JPEGBorn without the lower half of his left leg, young Don Elgin never considered himself disabled until he was in high school – and even then, he had to be convinced. His story, of a boy from the bush who battled the odds and finally stepped onto the podium as a medalist at the Sydney Paralympics, is one of absolute inspiration. Driven by an inherited sense of grit, determination and pure guts, Don overcomes an abundance of obstacles to rise to the top of the sporting heap. His life’s philosophy tells us that success is not a birthright – it’s earned.

‘Don Elgin: One Foot On The Podium’ is not just the rags-to-riches story of a poor disabled boy who becomes an elite athlete. It’s a tell-all tale laced with his natural humour and just enough larrikinism to make him loveable. The way Don tells his story is the reason he’s one of the most entertaining and engaging speakers on the Australian circuit today.

To buy your own copy of this terrific new book visit http://donelgin.com.au

Thrive magazine (Winter 2016 edition) now available

Thrive-Winter 2016 CoverThe Winter 2016 edition of Thrive magazine is now available.

In this edition you’ll meet Jason who became an amputee as a result of an accident when he was fifteen, hear about Brian who was born with a limb difference and now plays high-level wheelchair basketball, learn about amputee stuntman Chris, read about two new books and learn about the Limbs 4 Kids program evaluation being conducted by Monash University. Plus much more …

If you would like hard copy versions of the magazine just email kids@limbs4life.org.au or call 1300 782 231.

We hope you enjoy the read!

Golf Clinic Adelaide

Children's Golf Clinic Flyer SA 2016 JPEGLimbs 4 Life (Limbs 4 Kids) in conjunction with Kidney Kids SA is holding a FREE ‘Children’s Golf Clinic’ at the Adelaide Shores Golf Club in Adelaide (South Australia) on Sunday the 5th of June (9am – 12.30pm).  This event is being run by a golf professional, Anne-Marie Knight, who very experienced at giving children an opportunity to ‘try golf’.

This event is specifically for children / young people with limb difference or chronic kidney disease (and their siblings).  It will be a fun day with lots of opportunities for children and families to meet and have fun, and a yummy lunch after the golf clinic!

For more information read the flyer and to register visit http://adelaidegolfclinic.eventbrite.com.au

Sportacular

Sportacular JPEG (2)If you live in Melbourne there is a great free event occurring on the 17th of April – SPORTACULAR – at Elsternwick Park (Brighton)!  This event is for families and children with disabilities so that they can learn about sporting clubs, as well as engage in interactive fun activities.

Mike Rolls, one of our amazing Peer Support Volunteers, will be presenting on the day. Mike developed Meningococcal disease when he was a teenager, which led to bi-lateral leg amputations as well as some finger amputations. Mike is a great advocate for children with limb differences and is also a great support to parents!

For more information visit – www.inclusivesports.com.au

February 2016 Limbs 4 Life E-News now live!

L4L E-News2The February 2016 edition of the Limbs 4 Life E-News is now live!

This edition features information about our upcoming LIMB-itless Conference and the opportunity to apply for funding to attend it, an online survey into balance and lower back pain in lower limb amputees’; the Australian Amputee Golf Open; links ways of preparing for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) roll-out; and, an event for adult amputees in South Australia. There is also information about a request from Nine Network seeking participants in a new series called ‘This Time Next Year’.

We hope you enjoy the read …