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The Uncomfortable Revolution is ‘the place to have fun with the awkward situations that arise from chronic illness or disability‘. Follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for the awkward stories people are sharing.

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The Uncomfortable Revolution‘s first book Glossary of Awkward is coming soon to Kickstarter. ‘Written by UR co-founders, Brendan McDonald and Corinne Gray, and featuring original cartoons illustrated by Simon Kneebone, Glossary of Awkward™ is the perfect gift to buy for someone touched by cancer (a whole lot better than flowers). Use it as a conversation-starter, or to connect with someone you’ve been meaning to check in on.’

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First published by Sane Australia in 2003 You’re Not Alone: A Sane guide to mental illness for children, originally 37 pages, is available as a 24 page e-Book. A comic book ‘intended to provide information which helps children to understand and cope better with their situation’. Designed by Sane Media and illustrated by Simon Kneebone.

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Cartoons from the ‘Co-Designing Care’ workshop, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, 20th March. A joint project between QUT, the Ageing Revolution – and a number of carers!

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Today’s Pro Bono cartoon. Kelly Vincent’s Pro Bono News post ‘The soft bigotry of low expectations’ was the inspiration. She writes

‘It is safe to say that politically I don’t have much in common with George W. Bush, former president of the United States, but he used a phrase to describe institutional discrimination and bias that seems as apt today as when he spoke it, back in 2000. He described it as the soft bigotry of low expectations. Even today in 2017, it is a real thing and it is forming a barrier around people with disability every day and in all aspects of their lives’.

Kelly Vincent MLC is the youngest woman ever elected to an Australian parliament, the first elected on a disability rights platform and leader of the Dignity Party in the South Australian Legislative Council.

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John Mckenna, disability commentator, has resumed his blog after a break. This comic strip evolved from John’s observation that in negotiating with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) it was surprising that people with disabilities and their families did not seem to be taking third party support people with them, that having this extra set of eyes and ears was good value – and a good practice generally.

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The Pro Bono News Kneebone cartoon.The UK CEO of social enterprise giant The Big Issue has warned delegates to a Melbourne disability employment conference to be wary of the personalised care model to be introduced under the National Disability Insurance Scheme. – read the full article here.

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Today’s Pro Bono News cartoon. As the post ‘Disability Funding Backflip Fuels Calls for Certainty from NFP Sector’ reports- a number of  recently defunded disability advocacy groups, representing 200,000 people with disabilities, have been given ‘transition funding’ until the end of June. This short-term backflip is small change compared to the overall $1 billion cuts to community services.

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This is disability commentator and blogger John McKenna’s tribute to Stella Young, writer, comedian, journalist and disability activist who died last Saturday. Watch Stella’s TED Talk ‘I’m not your inspiration, thank you very much’.