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Letting the wheels do the talking

It was a game of basketball with a difference. Replacing the squeal of sneakers on the court came the sound of clashing wheelchairs. With the cheers of about 30 teenagers from the sideline, the game was on in earnest. And as the students from Victoria University Secondary College in St Albans were finding out, this match wasn't so much about winning or losing. It was about the challenges of life when using a wheelchair. The game was part of the Wheeltalk School Awareness Program that encourages people to think about diversity, disability and acceptance.

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