Living with spina bifida paraplegia from birth, John underwent two years of surgery early in life.

This, along with care at the Royal Children’s Hospital, and aids and equipment, helped him grow up leading an active lifestyle.

John has always been interested in exercise and took the opportunity to build his upper body strength during his youth; something he believes has helped him remain active in later years.

Now that he needs more support with everyday living as he gets older, John is able to use the Disability Gateway to search for information and services.

“The Disability Gateway makes searching for the information I need easy and convenient – it’s not like other online searches I’ve done that would go on in endless circles,” says John.

“With other searches, I might find some basic disability-related information, but the Disability Gateway is presented from the disability perspective; it goes beyond the surface-level and really gets to the core of the services available, and the information that people with a disability and their support networks need.”

He also believes that the Disability Gateway can help people across multiple parts of their life – regardless of the information and services they are looking for.

“Having all this information and advice about how to get support can be a game-changer.

“The Disability Gateway isn’t just for the basics of getting support with everyday living – it gives people different areas of life they can explore and branch out with like transport, housing, and managing money.”

An avid traveller, John is also looking forward to using the Disability Gateway to plan his next trip to the Northern Territory.

“I’d love to go to the Northern Territory, it looks amazing,” says John.

“For me, it will be easy to research my trip through the Disability Gateway; other searches usually give me some information about the popular places at a location I want to visit, but mightn’t have important information I need to consider as a person with a disability.

“The Disability Gateway goes into lots of detail with disability-specific travel information about things like the accessibility of attractions, restaurants and accommodation.

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John’s story

An Easy Read case study


John was born with a disability that affects his:

  • spine
  • legs.


He had two years of surgery early in life.

He also had care from the Royal Children’s Hospital.

And he had aids and equipment.


These all helped John live an active life as he grew up.


John has always enjoyed exercise.

When he was younger, he built his upper body strength.


This helped him stay active when he got older.

But he still needs support with everyday life.


John uses the Disability Gateway to search for:


  • information


  • services.


He says the Disability Gateway:

  • is easy to use
  • can help people in many parts of their life.


John likes to travel.

He looks forward to using the Disability Gateway to plan his next trip.


John said the Disability Gateway shares lots of information about what places are accessible.

When a place is accessible, it is easy to:

  • move around
  • find and use services.


John said,

“For me, it will be easy to research my trip through the Disability Gateway.”