HELP­ING HAND I NSPIRES

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Front Page -

THE fi­nal episode of this bril­liant doco series brought tears … not sim­ply out of heart-burst­ing pride at this program’s par­tic­i­pants, but that an­other re­mark­able sea­son is over and my weekly dose of hu­mil­ity and hu­man­ity is done for an­other year. The bril­liance of the show – which seeks to fea­ture the real lives of those with dis­abil­i­ties, strug­gling to find em­ploy­ment – was re­cently recog­nised in­ter­na­tion­ally, when it won two gold medals at the New York Fes­ti­vals In­ter­na­tional TV and Film awards. One was awarded by the United Na­tions which said the program “goes to the heart of what the work of the UN is all about – im­prov­ing peo­ple’s lives.” While those show­cased in the series serve to re­mind able-bodied Aus­tralians how easy we have it most times, this sea­son has also in­tro­duced view­ers to some of the fun­ni­est peo­ple I’ve watched on TV this year. How can you not gig­gle along when one Tourette’s suf­ferer yells “your mum is on eBay?” dur­ing one frus­trated episode (now my favourite sledge). In this episode, we meet Tiarne, 20, who was born with ex­treme dwarfism and over­comes those height chal­lenges with a joy­ous spirit, de­ter­mi­na­tion to be in­de­pen­dent and of pur­pose; and her adorable furry friend Lit­tle Bear, a red cat­tle dog. If you missed this series, play catch-up on iview. And if you’re a politi­cian, make these Aus­tralians your pri­or­ity and get them the sup­port and op­por­tu­nity they so richly de­serve.

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