TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOU & YOUR FAMILY
We are a family of four Dad (Ben), Mum (Suzi) and our two boys Austin (7) and Harry (5).
Our youngest son Harry was born at 24 weeks and spent 114 days in hospital before finally coming home. After missing a few developmental milestones Harry was diagnosed as having cerebral palsy.
Harry has level 4 cerebral palsy meaning that he uses a wheelchair to get around but (with special resources) has been known to play a bit of footy with his brother and loves anything that goes fast (dodgem cars are a favourite).
KYD-X EXPO HAS BEEN A GREAT SUCCESS THE LAST FEW YEARS, WHAT CAN WE LOOK FORWARD TO AT THIS YEARS EVENT?
This year marked the 4th year that KYD-X has hosted The Kids & Youth Disability Expo, South Australia’s only expo dedicated to empowering young people living with a disability to make informed choices about their support options.
The Expo has a focus for exhibitors being interactive with the attendees and creating a friendly fun-filled atmosphere.
We had over 120 exhibitors and filling the venue. Service providers range from equipment specialists, car modifications, home modifications, therapy specialists, education and employment.
Keep up to date with the Expo at;
HAVE YOU BEEN ON A GREAT AUSTRALIAN ADVENTURE… WHERE DID YOU GO, AND WHAT MADE IT A GREAT GETAWAY?
We don’t tend to travel to far from home but do have our favourite destinations.
Over the Easter weekend we went to our favourite spot on the Yorke Peninsula, Corny Point.
Corny Point is just an awesome spot, small country town on the coast with limited internet meaning you can get away from it all completely. It allows us to do things that you just don’t do in the city.
From going for family walks on the beach, playing in the seaweed, walks through the bush watching kangaroos, looking at all the stars, playing board games, boating and fishing even though you don’t catch much (or maybe you do).
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT TRAVELLING?
Having a child with a disability, a lot of our family time is taken up with therapies and appointments.
We just love getting out of the city and reconnecting with nature and family is high on our agenda. Being raised in the country I just want to provide opportunities for both our sons to experience things that I experienced growing up, to get dirty, explore nature and experience things that they can’t experience in the city.
DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR OTHER TRAVELLERS SPECIFIC NEEDS?
Plan for it to happen and make it happen.
I know that limited access and facilities, sometimes (most times) makes it hard to get to places but if you don’t go to these places, the owners or people in charge will never be made aware of the issues faced and won’t be able to assist in fixing those problems.
There is also mobility equipment available that is amazing and can make access to beach, bush etc so much easier for people living with a disability.
WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO TAKE VISITORS IN YOUR HOME TOWN?
Our favourite place to take visiting friends in the Barossa. For a group of small country towns there is so much to see and do for both adults and children.
The food and wine available is amazing especially at our favourite winery, Te’aro Estates.
WHERE TO NEXT…WHAT’S ON YOUR AUSTRALIAN BUCKET LIST?!
We would love to tackle air travel with Harry and head to the Gold Coast for all the adventure parks. Both of our boys are adrenaline junkies and we love to give them that experience.
IF YOU WERE DOWN TO YOUR LAST $50 WHAT WOULD YOU SPEND IT ON?
Go anywhere where there is water, river, beach even just a pond. Being in the water, the sounds or even just being near it has such a refreshing calming effect on all of us.