Resources

Kurt Fearnley’s passionate call for Australia to embrace people with disabilities

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.”

Are you ready to rock? Introducing a music festival for the disabled

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.

Dylan Alcott wants to make disability sexy

“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.”

The Silent Child- Film

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.

MacFarlane devastated by loss of Disability Pride artwork

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.

Make art a priority in your NDIS plan

‘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.

Jeremy the Dud: the new short film that flips disability on its head

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.

Dignity of Risk: Theatre production puts disabled young people in the spotlight

When a degenerative disease robbed Holly Craig of her eyesight, she gave up on her dreams of a career on stage. Almost a decade later, Craig, now 27, is beginning to dream again, as she takes centre stage for a solo dance in a production at the Australian Theatre for Young People in Sydney.