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National Week of Deaf People: ‘Celebrating Thriving Deaf Communities’

Posted on Friday 8th October 2021

An initiative of Deaf Australia Inc, the National Week of Deaf People (NWDP) ‘is a week-long national celebration of Deaf individuals and the Australian Deaf community, which includes celebrating the International Week of Deaf People (IWDP) and International Day of Sign Languages (IDSL), which are initiatives of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD).

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Friday 8th October 2021     Deaf, Dignity, Moderator Corner


Janine Shepherd AM: The Hills

Janine Shepherd AM: The Hills

Posted on Tuesday 21st September 2021

We are excited and honoured this week to be joined by a very special guest Janine Shepherd AM, who has also contributed a video-based blog as part of Disability Action Week.

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Tuesday 21st September 2021    


Perry Cross: Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week

Perry Cross: Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week

Posted on Thursday 9th September 2021

The Hopkins Centre Dignity Project is excited and honoured this week to be joined by Perry Cross AM, Executive President and Founder of the Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation (PCSRF) – in observation of Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week and SIP Week.

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Thursday 9th September 2021    


Laura Driver: Guest Blog

Laura Driver: Guest Blog

Posted on Thursday 9th September 2021

Please note – This is a portion of the blog interview. To read the full blog and others, please join The Dignity project Community Hub

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Thursday 9th September 2021    


Shane Pivac: Kintsugi – The New Me

Shane Pivac: Kintsugi – The New Me

Posted on Thursday 19th August 2021

August 16 – 22 is Brain Injury Awareness Week. This year’s theme 'Every brain injury is different' recognises the uniqueness of each injury and tells the stories of people and families impacted by brain injury across Australia. Our special guest this week is Shane Pivac, the talented photographer behind The Hopkins Centre's new Hero Image 'Kintsugi – The New Me'.

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Thursday 19th August 2021     Brain Injury Awareness Week, Brain Injury, Shane Pivac


Brain Injury Awareness Week BIAW21: Julia Robertson's story

Brain Injury Awareness Week BIAW21: Julia Robertson's story

Posted on Monday 16th August 2021

This week’s Hopkins Dignity Project guest, Julia Robertson, has had two brain injuries and share her story this Brain Injury Awareness Week BIAW21.

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Monday 16th August 2021     Brain Injury Awareness Week, BIAW21, Julia Robertson,


Part D: Inclusive Education with guest Gary Kerridge

Posted on Thursday 5th August 2021

Gary Kerridge has been working in the disability sector for 30 years. He has spent 14 of those years as a National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO). Recently, he was part of the NDCO leadership team that responded to the transition to online learning brought about by COVID-19 to provide support and information to disability practitioners around Australia.  He is a co-author of the Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET) guideline “Supporting Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students Online”. Find out more about ADCET and its resources here: https://www.adcet.edu.au

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Thursday 5th August 2021     Dignity Project, Disability, Dignity, Inclusive Education


My Beautiful Pain: Not a Love Story by Glen Fozzard

My Beautiful Pain: Not a Love Story by Glen Fozzard

Posted on Thursday 29th July 2021

Glen Fozzard, who served in the Australian Naval Forces as an esteemed Clearance Diver and Instructor, first experienced chronic pain in 2015 for no definitive reason. “Returning from my Senior Health and Safety FIFO role after 3 weeks in a remote mining site, I was introduced to neuropathic nerve pain, and it wasn’t a polite introduction! I was walking off the plane when I was suddenly aware (like stepping on a nail aware) of the most intense pain (like an electrified injection) in my left foot (a previous operation site). I had to stop and take my boot off as quick as I could, thinking how can an ant be in my boot since the morning and decide to bite me repeatedly after about 14 hours of travel, Remote Karratha, WA to Brisbane… Bus, two planes? AHHHH!”

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Thursday 29th July 2021    

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