In this episode, we speak with Carly Findlay about ableism, the media and the new book Growing Up Disabled in Australia.
The new series of The Crown is extraordinary in two ways. Not only does the storyline include Nerissa and Katherine Bowes-Lyon, the Queen’s cousins who both had a learning disability, but it has also cast actors with a learning disability in those parts.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the International Disability Alliance (IDA) are to sign a historic Co-operation Agreement to advance the rights of persons with disabilities and jointly commit to use Para sport as a vehicle to drive the human rights agenda forward.
New Paralympic wheelchair basketball eligibility rules have ruined dreams, and raised significant questions
Annabelle Lindsay is one of two Australian Gliders who recently had their hopes of competing dashed by a change in the classification rules for wheelchair athletes set to compete at the Games, being told they were now ineligible just weeks before the proposed start of the Games, had they taken place this year.
“I got bullied because of my disability, I used to get called a cripple or a spastic everywhere I went. That stuff made it really hard for me — and I believed them. I believed I was less than them.” Alcott said that changed when he went to his first wheelchair tennis tournament, where he said his eyes were opened.
Dylan Alcott accuses US Open organisers of discrimination after wheelchair tennis is dropped for the 2020 event
High-profile Paralympian and wheelchair tennis star Dylan Alcott has slated officials for taking his competitions off the schedule for this year’s US Open tournament. “It is blatant discrimination for able-bodied people to decide on my behalf what I do with my LIFE AND CAREER just because I am disabled. Not good enough,” he said.
He’s won numerous marathons worldwide, taken home three Gold medals at the Paralympics, and two more at the Commonwealth Games. Kurt Fearnley is without a doubt one of Australia’s greatest athletes.
The problem with inspiration is its intangible quality. How to turn inspiration into habits and concrete change? Trading on inspiration also fails to appreciate wider obstacles and barriers preventing disabled people participating in sports and society.
International Paralympic Committee President Andrew Parsons has targeted greater accessibility and a changing of perceptions as a major legacy goal of Tokyo 2020.
Arts, Culture and Heritage portfolio holder Cr Tony Hooper said the exhibition highlighted how our culture and systems discriminate against people with a disability, and how discriminatory attitudes and actions are challenged.
Dina Bassile and her business Tibi have moved to Melbourne to continue her services to provide education and access consulting to festivals, venues and artists on accessibility in venues.
Under the charge of the rallying slogan ‘the last avant garde’, disability arts has pushed through the silent ceiling in recent years, with great strides in sector with Disability Inclusion Planning (DIP), research and initiatives such as the Create NSW Createability Internship. But more still needs to be done according to the numbers.
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.”
“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.”
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