Growing Up Disabled in Australia - Call for Submissions

Black Inc. is pleased to announce a new anthology in the Growing Up series.

They are looking for non-fiction pieces that deal with any aspect of growing up chronically ill, deaf, Deaf or disabled. Submissions can be in any manner, tone or style, but should not be academic or scholarly. They should be written in first-person and be honest accounts of lived experience – positive, negative or anything in between.

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Summer 2018 Newsletter

Inside this edition:

  • From the President

  • Volunteers wanted

  • 3 children paralysed by a Polio-like illness in Montreal

  • Polio outbreak in Papua New Guinea

  • The importance of friends with similar disabilities

  • A Polio survivor story

  • Walk With Me and Health

  • Retreat photos

  • Notice board

  • Polio humour

  • Members services

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My Polio Story - Lynda Shaw

I was born in Ghana, West Africa in 1955, where at just one year old I contracted poliomyelitis. While I can recall some childhood memories of leg stretches and massages, my main recollection of treatment for my polio was an operation I had on my leg aimed at lengthening my Achilles tendon and straightening my foot.

In 1980, I migrated to Australia settling in Adelaide, soon after arriving, I was fortunate to have a second operation on my leg, as the first one I underwent as a child in Ghana had been done prematurely – before I had finished growing.

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