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More AFL fan violence

A violent incident that marred an AFL game on the weekend has sparked outrage and calls for tougher penalties for fans who get physical at the footy.  “I shouldn’t have thrown the beer on him, but he shouldn’t have called me a retard or a spastic.”

Dylan Alcott weighs in on Eddie McGuire controversy

“There are 4.5 million Australians with a disability and you can’t see a lot of those disabilities. So the next time you see somebody doing something differently, let’s not bag them because of it, let’s say “good on you for doing it the way that you can”. I think it’s so awesome that this has come up so everybody can learn, because I’m always learning about things that I don’t know as well, and then we can just move on and bloody enjoy the footy.”

‘Navigate’ inclusive mentoring program for artists – EOI now open

Closing date: May 6, 2019

Navigate is a brand new mentoring program for artists who are at all stages of their arts career – looking to move to the next level. Navigate is an inclusive mentorship program for both creatives and self producing artists, focusing on production skills. Artists must produce a show for the 2019 Melbourne Fringe Festival. Successful Navigate … Continued

Eddie McGuire under fire for scolding AFL coin-tosser

The Swans released a statement slamming McGuire’s insensitive comments after he criticised Banham’s pre-match coin tossing technique and Sydney chairman Andrew Pridham hit out again on Saturday, calling on the AFL to take action.

Hawks open sensory-friendly room

This World Autism Awareness Day (2 April 2019), Hawthorn Football Club, in partnership with Afford, are celebrating the launch of the Afford Sensory Friendly Space, the first sensory friendly space available at Melbourne’s iconic MCG.  Footy fans with sensory sensitivity can now cheer on their favourite team thanks to the new and specially designed space. Visitors to the space will have the opportunity to watch the game via a separate big screen and TVs with reduced noise. 

Nina Oyama & Angus Thompson explain why the representation of disability on film matters

However, disability is different. Firstly, because disabled people are real, and secondly, because when able-bodied actors “crip up” they effectively steal roles from the disabled community. If Cate was right, and all actors could truly play roles outside of their lived experience, then disabled actors could depict able-bodied characters on screen. But that never happens ever.

Hollywood’s disability problem goes way beyond Bryan Cranston

I’ve haven’t seen “The Upside,” and I’m pretty sure I never will. The movie, which comes out Jan. 11, stars “Breaking Bad” actor Bryan Cranston as a quadriplegic billionaire named Phillip Lacasse who hires a former felon to be his caretaker.

Kurt Fearnley wins The Don Award

The wheelchair racer has become the first athlete with a disability to win The Don Award, capping a career which includes three Paralympic gold medals, seven world titles and an astonishing 35 marathon triumphs across 10 countries – and counting.

Million dollar boost for accessible tourism

More than $1 million will be made available to help local tourism businesses improve accessibility across Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula. The funding is part of a three-stage project for workplaces in partnership with the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations, Tourism Greater Geelong and the Bellarine, Deakin University, Worksafe Victoria and the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust.