Council brings visibility to disability

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.

Disability access versus disability-led?

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.

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.