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.
Findlay, a writer, spoken-word performer and “appearance activist”, has recently taken up the new post of inclusion coordinator for the Melbourne Fringe Festival.
Her goal for her three-year tenure as inclusion coordinator is to get the proportion of artists with disabilities at Melbourne Fringe to around 20 per cent, which would be similar to the proportion in the general community.
Fearnley believes the Gold Coast has “nailed it” in its effort to host the most inclusive Commonwealth Games in history, but he wants Aussies to take the message into everyday life. “I think that tomorrow maybe we can go back to work and speak to your co-workers about getting more people with disabilities in there, or education facilities or in public transport.”
As well as being a world champion tennis player, radio presenter and Paralympian, Dylan Alcott is known for crowd surfing in his wheelchair at rock concerts around the world. While crowd surfing isn’t for everyone, Mr Alcott, a paraplegic since birth from a spinal cord tumour, wants all disabled music fans to be able to go to music festivals. So he and promoters Untitled Group created their own.
Kairos is an Australian independent film that looks to shake our assumptions of who a protagonist can be. It tells the story of Danny, a man with Down syndrome, beset by ambition and crisis. Kairos steps where many productions have decided not to tread, looking to start a seismic shift in how we view disability portrayed on our … Continued
“So we’re just trying to improve these organisations to not only help the disabled community get out and spend their money, but also get these organisations ready to employ people with disabilities, which is a real big passion of mine.”
Set in rural England and Inspired by real life events. The Silent Child film centres around a profoundly deaf four year old girl named Libby who is born into a middle class family and lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her the gift of communication.
The American intellectual’s controversial account, The Handicapped – By One of Them, still resonates today. It also begs the question: what progress has been made since his death 100 years ago?
A council in Melbourne’s inner-west has been forced to apologise, after graffiti contractors removed a newly installed mural which it partly funded to pay tribute to the area’s disabled community.
The Disability Pride artwork was intended as a collaborative paste up to celebrate the culture of Melbourne’s disabled community, challenging the narrow stereotypes of disability and making a stand that joins with the international disability pride movement.
‘A disability perspective is important to the evolution of the arts and arts practice. It is platform for experimentation, multiple narratives, new ways of working. Disability exposes another aspect of the lived human experience and it deepens the richness of artistic and creative language; the arts are lesser without it,’ Mellis said.
Disability simply isn’t represented in Australian media and advertising. Yet disabled people make up 20% of the Australian community.
A new short film imagines a world where everyone has a disability, and the rare few who don’t are treated with the same condescension and prejudice as those with disabilities are treated every day.
The PC term for Jeremy is “without specialty” but the colloquial slur is “dud”. He wears a lanyard that announces to the rest of the world that he is in the minority – “not special” – in an alternate universe in which disability is the norm.
A wheelchair using Indented Head man has launched a 15,000-signature strong petition demanding ticket agencies equal the playing field for disabled event-goers.